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My dog’s health is very important to me. Simba just turned 5 years old recently and I want him to be around as long as possible so keeping my dog healthy is a priority. I also want to be healthy by working out and eating healthy, but the struggle is real. Spring is the perfect time to get myself back in tip top shape with a little help from my dog! Simba can join in on my fitness journey. My goals are to make a daily routine for us and stick with it and eat healthier! Getting in shape and eating healthy is great for both of us. Engaging pets in routine exercise promotes healthy mental and physical companionship too!
Purina hosted a YouTube Live with Dr. Kurt Venator to discuss how pet owners can keep their pets fit and healthy. I learned some valuable information that I will definitely make sure I put into action with my dog. Purina aims to drive the health and well-being of pets and their owners so they can live bigger, healthier and happier lives together. Thanks to Purina for the wonderful discussion on keeping pets healthy. Why should you exercise with your dog? There are so many reasons and I’m going to give you a few that might get you to working out in no time with what I learned from the discussion.
Why You Should Exercise With Your Dog
- ALL Dogs NEED Exercise
Yes, every single dog needs exercise just like you. It doesn’t matter how small or big your dog is. Even if your dog prefers to be a couch potato, he still needs exercise. You love and care for your dog right? Get him up off that couch or bed and get him outside. Pssst, you too! Did you know that an estimated 58 percent of cats and 54 percent of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese? Pet owners can help with that and other health issues by simply providing routine exercise. Small to medium dogs need 30 minutes of activity a day. A larger dog needs 30 minutes of rigorous activity a day. Create and execute fitness goals with your dog. Make sure to consult with your vet first before making a fitness routine and remember to take it slow!
- Dogs Make Great Work Out Partners
Simba loves to get active which in turn helps me get active. Your dog can motivate you to exercise. Simba is always trying to play and he loves it when I get up and run around with him or simply take him for a walk. More than half of dog owners agree that they have a healthy lifestyle because of their pet. You know that your dog needs to exercise so do activities that both of you enjoy to get the most of your work out. Set aside some time each day to exercise with your dog and get healthy together!
- Exercise Promotes Mental Health
Exercise is not just physical, but mental too. You should incorporate ways to keep your pet mentally sharp. Interact with your dog each day because dogs are social creatures and want to engage with you. Try socializing at a dog park where your dog can also run around. Teach your dog new tricks and appropriate commands which are very rewarding for the mind. Pet owners think that pets help boost their mood and improves their mental health. I couldn’t agree more!
Tips to Keep Your Dog Healthy
In addition to exercising with your dog, you need to pay attention to the extra stuff and don’t forget nutritional needs and diet. Exercise with your dog is great, but it must be accompanied with a balanced diet for overall good health. Discuss your pet’s diet with your vet and ensure that your dog has no medical issues. For example, your dog could have problems with his joints which could make it kind of difficult to exercise. Your vet will help you understand where your pet is at and come up with proper goals specific for your pet. Also Make sure you’re feeding your dog the right amount of food. Don’t forget to pay attention to the smaller stuff that your pet shouldn’t eat. Your dog shouldn’t get a lot of treats and shouldn’t be eating table scraps. Remember to treat appropriately and give treats for functional reasons.
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