Category: Pet Health

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High Energy Sports and Activities for Your Dog

Pet care is more than just feeding your dog. You need to work that doggo out! We are talking about their exercise regime. Is she a couch potato? Is she a sleeper until you drag her out for a walk? Well, that is not enough. 

It is also important to remember that an active dog is also less prone to bad behavior like chewing through carpet or shoes. Why? Because a pet needs to dissipate pent-up energy and apart from exercising, this is the only way she can do it. 

To safeguard your pet’s health and your home furniture, she must engage in some serious workout, the one that puts her muscle power to use. Apart from the regular walks, you can engage your dog in various sports and physical activities.

Here’s a detailed list of dog sports that you and your dog can add to your list of fun things to do together 

Flyball    

Flyball is a sport for dogs of any size, shape, breed, or mix of breeds where each team has four members and competes against each other for the fastest time. Each dog must jump over four hurdles, catch a ball from an automatic throwing box, then turn around and race back to the starting line. 

To learn more about Flyball, check out the North American Flyball Association. The American Kennel Club also has excellent information on the sport of Flyball and how to get started. 

Dog Surfing 

Dog surfing is a sport that is exactly like it sounds: dogs surf waves on surfboards. Some dogs surf with their humans, and other dogs surf on their own. Since dogs cannot paddle a surfboard on their own, their humans do the hard work of finding the right waves, while the dogs enjoy the surfing part.

Dog surfing is typically done just for fun. However, there are annual competitions like the World Surfing Dog Championships or the Surf City Surf Dog competition, both of which occur in California. The World Surf Dog Championship website has information for beginners interested in teaching their dog to surf. Of course, surfing dogs should love the water, be in excellent physical condition, and be skilled at swimming. 

Rally Obedience

Rally Obedience is a great low-impact sport for dogs and their handlers. Dog owners lead their dogs through a series of obedience-based exercises on a premade course. A Rally Obedience course can include anywhere from 10-20 exercises. Typical activities involve walking a zig-zag path through cones, sending the dog through small jumps, or walking around the dog while he/she stays in a sitting position. 

Dog owners who wish to start competing in Rally Obedience competitions can check their local dog training facilities for available classes. There is also great information for beginners at the American Kennel Club Rally Resource Center.  

K9 Nose Work/Barn Hunt

K9 Nose Work is a fun, low-impact activity in which your dog learns to locate scents in hidden locations. Dogs search for scents in boxes, interior rooms, outdoor locations, and vehicles for certain scents. K9 Nose Work is played either recreationally or in competitions around the United States as well. 

Barn Hunt is a separate but similar sport in which dogs search for the scent of “vermin” like rats in barns and crop storage areas. Unlike game hunting, there is no actual hunting in barn hunt. The rats used as scent are carefully protected from the dogs and are only used by their owners if they show that they enjoy interacting with the dogs that find them. In this case, the rats are safe. 

Both K9 Nose Work and Barn Hunt require training and practice, making it a fun, interactive, and low impact exercise for you and your dog. There is walking, but no running or jumping. You can find more information at K9 Nose Work and the Barn Hunt Association websites. 

Lure Coursing

Lure Coursing is a high-speed activity for dogs who have a strong prey drive and love to run. It is designed to mimic the pursuit of prey in a natural environment. In Lure Coursing, dogs chase a white, plastic lure that mimics the path a rabbit or other prey animal would take in the wild. Sighthounds are common Lure Coursing participants. Only certain breeds can compete for points and titles, but other breeds enjoy Lure Coursing for fun and exercise. 

To find more information on how to get started and begin training your dog for Lure Coursing, the American Kennel Club has useful information for beginners. You can also check out the American Sighthound Field Association for more details.

Dock Diving

Dock Diving is a canine sport in which dogs leap from docks or platforms into the water to retrieve a training dummy/bumper or a toy. This sport was created from dogs’ primary love of retrieving and swimming. 

Sporting breeds like Labrador Retrievers and German Shorthaired Pointers are frequent dock diving participants, but any dog in good health that loves the water can enjoy dock diving. Dock diving occurs in lakes and pools worldwide in a leisurely as well as a competent manner. 

You can even catch Dock Diving on television, with dogs jumping as far as 25 feet across the pool. 

To get started in competitive dock diving, check out Dock Dogs or North American Diving Dogs.  

Disc Dog

Like many other sports for dogs, Disc Dog is based on a dog’s natural love of playing a game of frisbee. Anyone can play with their dogs at home in their yard or a local dog park with minimal training and equipment. 

You can also train for a variety of types of disc dog competitions around the world. Chasing, catching, or retrieving flying discs is an excellent form of exercise for dogs and a great bonding experience for dogs and their humans. 

If you think your dog has the capability, several organizations can help you get started. Check out Sky Houndz or the US Disc Dog Nationals

Herding Trials

Sheepdog and cattle dog trials are a way for herding breeds to show off their skills at doing what they were bred to do: herd livestock. Herding dogs are intelligent, high-energy dogs, and training them for herding trials is a way to help them burn off some of their energy, put their brains to use, and have fun doing what comes naturally. 

To learn more about herding trials, check out the American Kennel Club website or the American Herding Breed Association

Game Bird Hunting and Hunt Tests

Hunting dogs are typically used during Upland Game to hunt birds like pheasants, quail, and dove, as well as Waterfowl like ducks and geese. Depending on the breed of dog and the type of bird being hunted, the dogs assist humans by locating birds, flushing them out of the heavy brush, and even locating and retrieving birds that have been shot. 

Getting started in the sport takes considerable planning and preparation. Hunters must take hunting safety classes and work on their marksmanship abilities. They must learn the rules for each state they are hunting and obtain the proper licenses and permission to hunt on specific land. Hunting dogs’ training begins at an early age, with many hunters introducing their puppies to bird scents as young as eight weeks old. It is imperative to properly train hunting dogs correctly since they will be off-leash in open areas with guns being fired. 

Dog owners who want to train their dogs to retrieve game birds but are not interested in hunting can train their dogs to participate in hunt tests like the American Kennel Club Junior Hunter Test and Senior Hunter Test. These tests mimic the hunting environment and test a dog’s retrieving skills or pointing skills (depending on the type of dog you have) using birds that have already been killed. 

Resources for learning more about game bird hunting and working with gun dogs include Gun Dog Magazine, Sport Dog, and Tom Dokken’s Dokken’s Oak Ridge Kennels.

Health and Safety Considerations 

Anytime you begin a new sport or physically taxing activity with your dog, it is a good idea to check with your veterinarian to ensure that your pet is healthy enough to participate. In some instances, you can gradually increase your dog’s activity and build muscle tone and stamina while learning about a new sport. The same way a human might run a 5K before trying a marathon, your dog may need to become more physically fit before participating in intense sports or activities. 

The most important thing to remember is that your dog should only participate if they are having fun. Avoid harsh training methods, and do not force dogs to participate in something they do not enjoy. For instance, with the winter coming up, you can make a list of winter activities for your dog to make exercising during the cold weather easier. 

Your dog’s body language and general demeanor will tell you if they are having fun or, on the contrary, reluctant to go on.  

Are You Tracking Your Pet’s Fitness?

Just like counting steps and tracking food intake is essential for humans to lead a healthier life, tracking pet activities and health parameters is vital to ensure your fur buddy’s fitness. You now know how much exercise your dog needs and if they need something extra to keep their health up. 

You can do this with the help of the  Waggle Pet Fitness monitor, which, with its smart analysis, can help you assess your pet’s physical activity, which is vital to maintain her overall health. Whether you are playing any of the sports or merely hiking up a mountain, this pet activity monitor can review and present data about the activity as well as resting period, calories burnt, steps covered, and overall well-being, to name a few. 

Keeping up with your pet’s activity and fitness is the best gift you can give – the gift of health.

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Telehealth for Pets

One of the effects of the COVID-19 global pandemic has been an increase in telehealth appointments in all areas of medical care. Although some medical doctors were offering limited telehealth options prior to the outbreak of the latest coronavirus, the practice of social distancing was directly responsible for a dramatic increase in health care providers who offer the service.

In human medicine, pediatricians, general practitioners, mental health care providers, and gynecologists have utilized telehealth appointments for post-care check-ins and issues that may not need a physical exam right away. Veterinarians are utilizing telehealth to help see patients without being in contact with their owners.

Veterinary Telehealth Basics

At the end of March, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) temporarily changed their rules that state that veterinarians must physically examine animal patients prior to providing medical care. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many veterinarians can now offer telemedicine using technology like video conferencing or a video recording of the animal.

There are two ways for pet owners to participate in veterinary telemedicine. One is through video conferencing with your regular veterinarian. Some clinics use video conferencing along with curbside service (taking the dog or cat in the exam room while the owner waits in their car), and others offer limited veterinary telemedicine appointments without seeing the pet at all. The other telehealth veterinary care option is through paid mobile applications and websites that offer access to specific doctors.

When Veterinary Telehealth Is Appropriate?

Because animals cannot speak in words, veterinarians rely heavily on a physical exam, perhaps even more than a doctor treating a human. The human can tell a doctor where something hurts or what they are feeling, but a veterinarian must use other cues. Vets can gain invaluable information based on a pet’s body language and response to the exam. They can tell if moving a limb or flexing a joint causes discomfort.

Veterinary telemedicine appointments can be very handy in situations in which an issue arises after normal veterinary hours or on a day when the office is closed, and the owner is unsure of whether or not an issue requires regular vet care, emergency vet care, or if they can safely handle an issue on their own at home. Instead of rushing to the nearest emergency clinic only to find that the problem did not need to be seen right away, or worrying that they were not treating something that should have been an emergency, pet owners can get expert, specific guidance on their pet’s exact problem.

Virtual veterinary appointments can also be useful for follow-up appointments for some medical problems in which the doctor does not need to perform an additional exam. Instead of requiring the pet and owner to travel to the clinic, they can connect via video to get an update from the pet’s owner.

Related Blog: Benefits of an RV Lifestyle Post COVID-19

Veterinary Telehealth and the RV Lifestyle

The ability to speak to your regular veterinarian remotely is helpful to RV owners should their pets become sick while they are traveling. They can get information on whether they should find a vet near their campsite or if their own vet can help them without seeing their pet. In some instances, the emergency veterinarian could consult with the pet’s regular doctor over a video to ensure that the pet’s full medical history is considered or that an ongoing problem is being treated correctly.

There are several popular options for subscription-based veterinary telehealth appointments.

Vets Plus More is a subscription service that offers access to licensed veterinarians and trainers. Pet owners can find out if they should go to an emergency clinic, where the closest emergency clinic is, and answers to general non-emergency questions.

Vet Live is a website where pet owners can pay a per-instance fee to ask questions, get nutritional consultations, and obtain a second opinion on a diagnosis.

TelePAWS also offers the ability to access non-emergency information from experienced veterinarians. Pet owners can pay a monthly subscription fee or a one-time fee for each inquiry.

It is important to note that telehealth is not a viable option for a large majority of animal healthcare issues. Veterinarians rely on the ability to touch the animal, assess the animal’s disposition, take skin, bodily waste, and fluid samples and look at the cells under a microscope, take x-rays and perform ultrasounds, and perform other checks required to provide an accurate diagnosis. However, telemedicine is valuable for pet owners who are unsure of what step to take next and to ensure that the social distancing of humans is possible for these essential care providers and their clients.

 

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Can Dogs Get COVID-19?

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That’s the number of People Affected by Coronavirus across the world as we write this blog. And it is increasing exponentially despite the containment efforts by government and health professionals from almost all the countries.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Coronavirus (COVID-19) a Global Pandemic, after Influenza in 1918 and H1N1 in 2009.

What does it mean for Dog owners?

There are a number of rumors doing around the web that animals may spread this virus to their human owners. To uncover the facts about it and get things straight is the purpose of this blog.

Can Dogs Get COVID-19?

At this time, it’s highly unlikely, according to the WHO and CDC. Even though there was an incident in Hong Kong where a dog was tested positive for COVID-19, WHO states that there is no evidence that a dog or a cat can fall ill or can transmit COVID-19. COVID-19 mainly spreads through droplets, so it’s essential to keep ourselves clean and wash our hands frequently.

People also often confuse the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) with Canine Coronavirus. COVID-19 is different from the latter, which causes intestinal infections in dogs and is very common worldwide.

What’s the science behind the argument that the dogs/cats can’t spread the Coronavirus?

American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) Chief Veterinary Officer Gail Golab said that this virus survives best on smooth surfaces like kitchen countertops and doorknobs. Porous materials, such as pet fur, tend to absorb and trap pathogens, which makes it hard to be contracted through touch. Yet, the infectious disease experts advise pet parents to wash their hands before and after dog petting to protect both of them from other diseases.

Is there a COVID-19 vaccine for dogs and cats?

Not at this time, for humans or animals. Medical professionals from Japan, China, and the US have been testing medicines based on their research results, but there is no official announcement on that yet.

OK, so how do I protect my pet and myself from COVID-19?

Vet experts said that the dog owners don’t need to follow anything special apart from the basic hygienic precautions.

  • Wash your hands with soap water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover when you cough or sneeze with a tissue and dispose of it properly.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Follow strict social distancing – It’s for everyone’s wellness.
  • When in doubt, reach out to your nearby hospital for a check-up.

Above all, Do not abandon your pets due to the fear of COVID-19. If you are concerned or notice any signs of illness in your dog’s health, reach out to the nearest Vet.

Stay home and Stay safe.

References:

College of Veterinary Medicine, IL
World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Why Is My Dog Whining?

 

Although dogs cannot speak in words, they communicate with humans and each other through body language and the sounds that they make. In some ways, once you understand the language of dogs, their language is easier than that of humans. In our continuing series of Why Is My Dog Doing This?, We will explore the topic of whining in dogs.

Dogs whine for attention

When the dogs whine, they are typically trying to express the fact that they want your attention to fulfill a specific need. They could be looking for something fun, like playtime or their daily walk. The whine could be to ask to go outside for a potty break or to tell you that it is nearing time for their dinner. And finally, your dog could whine when it is in pain or afraid of something. As a human, sometimes it is more obvious than other times what your dog is trying to tell you.

Read Part-1 of this series: Why is my dog doing this?

Why is my dog whining at night?

Dogs are pack animals, which means they thrive on being part of the family, especially at night. Many dogs will whine or cry at night if they are separated from the rest of the family at bedtime. Deciding whether or not to allow your dog to sleep in your bedroom is a personal decision. According to PetMD, all of the old concerns about sleeping with pets have been debunked. Having your pet in the room with you is healthy for both humans and pets.

Senior dogs can experience Sundowner Syndrome, which means that they experience confusion as daylight ends and night begins, which can result in restlessness, anxiety, and whining. Some Veterinarians will prescribe supplements or medications, late afternoon walks, or mental activities that encourage the dog to sleep better, or adding night lights around the house and property.

Senior Dogs Whining for No Apparent Reason

If a senior dog is whining for no apparent reason, there is probably a reason that you just cannot see. If your senior dog whines frequently, it is a good idea to schedule an appointment at the Vet to make sure that your dog is not sick or in pain. Geriatric dogs experience joint pain, muscle loss, cancer, organ failure, and declining mental capacity just like elderly humans, but cannot easily express to us that they do not feel right.

Read Part-2 of this seriesWhy is my dog doing this?

Why is my dog whining & panting?

Panting is a way for dogs to release heat and cool their bodies. However, panting can also be a sign of distress or discomfort as a result of pain, fear, or anxiety. If your dog is both whining and panting, they are either extremely anxious and fearful or in physical pain. It is crucial to assess the situation and contact your Veterinarian.

Why won’t my dog stop whining?

As a dog owner, it is essential to know your dog’s personality and normal vocalizations. Some dogs use their voices frequently and bark, whine, growl, and even howl more often than others. Certain breeds are extremely vocal, and others are usually very quiet. If your normally quiet dog starts whining constantly, he or she is likely trying to tell you something. If you cannot find the solution to stop the whining, a trip to the Vet is always a good idea to err on the side of caution.

Read Part-3 of this series: Why is my dog doing this?

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Exercise Tips for an Overweight Dog

According to the Pet Obesity Prevention study, 55.8% of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese. That number equals about 50 million dogs. As we go through our busy lives, we humans often push exercise to the bottom of the to-do list for ourselves, so it is not surprising that so many of our dogs are suffering from obesity, too. Fortunately, exercising your overweight dog can be simple and fun for both of you.

Just like with humans, weight gain in dogs is caused by consuming more calories than the body needs. Dog owners often struggle with determining how much to feed their dogs. Most brands of dog food provide guidelines on how much to feed a dog based on their current weight, age, and activity level. Owners frequently overestimate just how active their dog truly is, resulting in feeding the dog too much and the dog becoming overweight.

When working on a weight loss plan for any pet, it is important to partner with your veterinarian to make sure that the weight gain is not caused by another issue like a thyroid problem, Cushing’s Disease, or other medical problems. Your vet can help you determine how to gradually reduce the amount of food that your dog eats a healthy and humane way. It is also important to make sure that your dog is healthy enough to start an exercise program at their current weight.

Walking your dog good exercise

Once you have gotten the all-clear from your veterinarian, walking is the safest and easiest way to get an overweight dog up off of their favorite dog bed and burn more calories. Not only does walking provide physical activity, but it is an excellent form of mental exercise for your dog because of the smells that they experience along the way. Walking is easier on their joints than running or playing fetch, and according to VCA Hospitals, walking keeps their urinary tract in good working order.

Start slowly by taking walks for short distances and monitor your dog as you go. Watch your dog’s breathing to make sure that he/she is not struggling for breath or panting heavily. It is important to choose your walking route carefully so that you are not committed to a long walk because there is no short path home should your dog become tired. You can also stop for periodic breaks, and make sure that you and your dog are having fun and enjoying the scenery as you go. As your dog’s endurance increases and their weight decreases, you can gradually take longer walks and hikes on more difficult terrain.

If you are in an urban or suburban setting, you can make more than one trip around the block to ensure that you are not too far away from home, or walk when other family members are home and can pick you and your dog up in the car if needed. If walking on a trail, remember that you have to walk back the same distance that you headed out on the trail, so opt for shorter distances and then repeat if your dog is still enthusiastic and not showing signs of being tired.

Hydrotherapy for dogs

Hydrotherapy is a form of exercise that involves walking your dog on a treadmill that is underwater. More and more Canine Hydrotherapists are offering their services around the country as this form of therapy becomes more popular. Although many pet owners utilize this service for physical therapy following an injury, it is also a great form of aerobic exercise for overweight or elderly dogs because it is easy on their joints. The water makes the dogs more buoyant, which is good for their joints, and the therapist can help work certain muscle groups depending on the level of water in the treadmill area, according to this video by CBS news.

Dog swimming

Swimming is also an excellent exercise for dogs, particularly overweight dogs. In most suburban or urban locations, pet owners can find indoor swimming pools for dogs where you can take your dog to swim safely in a clean pool with a trained employee to assist you and your dog.  These facilities are great because dogs can swim year-round and the water is treated to prevent germs and accommodate the specific needs of a dog’s skin and coat so it is not as drying as a regular swimming pool.

If you choose to take your dog swimming in an outdoor, natural body of water like a pond, stream, lake, or ocean, be sure to take several safety precautions and make sure that you understand the currents and undertow of the body of water. Saltwater can become deadly when consumed, as can blue-green algae. Additionally, watch for popular fishing areas as lures and hooks can lurk at the bottom of the body of water and injure your dog’s paws. Depending on your location, snakes, alligators, and other animals can injure or kill dogs. Finally, never allow your dog to swim in a manmade retention pond, as there are hidden hazards that can cause injury or accidental death like underwater drains and aerators that pull water into them that could cause drowning.

Although many breeds of dogs are natural swimmers, life preservers are always a good idea, particularly if your dog is overweight or out of shape. Make sure to keep your dog’s safety in mind, and avoid swimming in places where you cannot reach your dog yourself if he/she has difficulties.

The Whole Dog Journal has a comprehensive article on how to safely introduce your dog to swim that you can read at this link: https://www.whole-dog-journal.com/lifestyle/swimming-is-great-exercise-for-dogs/

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5 Signs & Symptoms of Over Exercising in Dogs

Exercise keeps your dog fit. It helps your dog with various mental and physical benefits. It helps maintain muscle mass, which prevents injury, decreases obesity and maintains cardiovascular health.

According to Dr. Robin Downing, Director of the famous hospital, “The Downing Center for Animal Pain Management” in Colorado – One of the reasons dogs and humans get along so well is that we both value the structure in our respective worlds. Regular exercise provides day-to-day predictability that dogs truly cherish, simply because it is their nature.

He also adds that sudden overdose of exercise, because the dog has recently gained weight, can sometimes lead to joint, back and respiratory injuries.

If you are looking at building a consistent exercise regimen, it is best to consult a vet. They will be able to analyze the health conditions of your dog and advise you on the best exercises your furry friend can follow.

Overdose of exercise can lead to some of the major issues listed below:

Wear-and-Tear on Paw Pads

This is very common among pups. Sometimes the dogs give more importance to play. For them, the playtime is more important than painful feet. So, they will choose to run even if their paw pads are affected. Here, the feet are already damaged and yet getting exposed to more exercise.

Pad injuries are very painful. It causes ruptured blisters on the foot. The best way to identify this issue is to constantly check your dog’s paws for wear and tear. If your dog has an overworked paw, then there will be visible flaps present in the skin. If it’s infected you will find swelling or sometimes even pus.

Sore Muscles

Sore muscles, otherwise known as muscular pain, is also an effect of overworking. This is visible if your dog is finding it difficult to get up after heavy exercise.

Most often dogs will refuse to exercise or even walk after that. He/she may not eat much after exercise. This is because it hurts to reach down for the food.

Under some conditions, they may develop a condition called exertional rhabdomyolysis. This causes tissue to break down, which can sometimes lead to kidney damage or failure.

Reduce the soreness by unsubscribing to a weekend warrior syndrome. As humans, you are busy throughout the week and therefore working hard during the weekends to stay fit. When you couple your dog into this, their body will revolt. Their muscles will not be conditioned to sudden exercise and will lead to fatigue.

Heat Sickness

Heatstroke or heat sickness is generally caused during summer. The body temperature increases above 106 degrees. This can be life-threatening. Most of the time dogs get dehydrated during this process and this can cause difficulty in breathing.

Big breeds such as Boxers, bulldogs have a greater risk because they do not have the tendency to cool off like other peers. It is best to not take them out on a run during warmer climates, just because your dog wants to exercise does not really mean that it is good for them.

Symptoms of Overheating:

Joint Injury

Joint injury is a sprain or strain caused in the dog’s joints. Toe joints are more susceptible. This is because dogs carry 60-70 percent of their weight in the front limb. Therefore, there is a lot of stress in their limbs.

There are cases when a dog has straight legs, in such cases, they put quite a lot of weight which the bone cannot take, and therefore it leads to stifle joints.

Breeds that are longer such as Dachshunds, Hounds, etc. are more susceptible to joint injuries when exposed to exercise. These breeds also are prone to backaches.

Behavioral Changes

If your dog likes to exercise but shows a sudden aversion towards it, then it is something that should concern you. You need to check with a vet immediately. Dogs need to exercise constantly in order to maintain physical and mental fitness. But, overworking a dog can cause issues that are beyond repair.

Here are a few symptoms to find out if your dog is exhausted:

  • Excessive panting or difficulty in breathing.
  • Dehydration
  • Abnormal drooling
  • Fever
  • Change in gum color
  • Lack of urine.
  • Rapid pulse.
  • Tremors
  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness

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Walking your Dog is NOT a Pastime

Taking your dog for his daily walks might seem like a routine after doing it for so long, thus you might be wondering why there is a day dedicated exclusively to this. The short answer is to create awareness about the importance of pet fitness and how walking them daily will help achieve it.

Note: February 22nd -” National Walk Your Dog Day ”

Below are some of the reasons why you should walk your dog regularly?.

1) Walking keeps both you and your dog fit

Walking keeps both humans and their pets fit and healthy. Just 15 to 30 mins walk every day will help you both stay healthy both physically and mentally.

2) Bonding time

Walking every day with your pet helps in solidifying your bond. Switching up routes once in a while, meeting new people and pets helps in socializing. This way both you and your dog can explore a new place and create various experiences together.

3) Walking helps with stress and anxiety

We all know walking every day is great for our body, and so is for our pets too. As it reduces blood pressure and boosts immune systems in humans, it helps to calm their nerves and alleviate stress in pets. Pets can also benefit mentally from doing small exercises.

4) Social magnets

Like humans, dogs are social creatures. Take them on a walk to dog parks where they can interact with other dogs and play for a while. You can also interact with other dog parents and exchange stories and tips. It’s a great way to socialize.

Now that we have given you a few reasons to walk your pet, here are some things you should consider before starting a routine

  1. Make sure your dog does not have any health issues. Take them to a vet and ask them for the ideal exercise routine. That way both you and your pet can be safe during your walking routines.
  2. Make sure your dog has access to water during walks and keep their body temperature on the check. Also keep their paws protected during winters.
  3. Last but not least, wearing bright coloured collars and leashes helps during walks.

Keep these key points in mind and have fun!

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Basics of Pet Fitness Monitor

Our mobile phones have become a central hub from which we can monitor and control almost every single part of our lives, and our pets’ lives. We can get insights into whether our doors are locked, who is at our front door, how many steps we take, how well we sleep, and of course whether or not the temperature is safe in our homes or our RV units during those times when we cannot be with our dogs. Innovative businesses are continuously launching new products, and the pet fitness monitor is a popular item for tech-savvy pet owners.

Pet Fitness Monitor Basics

Just like we humans can monitor our own Fitness including steps taken, calories burned, our location, and even how well we slept, we can now monitor those same things for our pets by attaching a pet Fitness monitor to their collar and view data through an app on our mobile phone.

Of course, when it comes to a pet fitness monitor, we are mostly talking about dogs, since cats sleep most of the day. Pet Fitness monitors are small electronic devices that are worn on a dog’s collar. Some attach to your dog’s regular collar and others come already mounted on a special collar.

Many pet fitness monitors include real-time geographical location tracking that rely upon technologies like Wi-Fi, cellular technology, or GPS. As a result, most trackers require a monthly service fee to use this technology. Some Fitness trackers allow you to establish a home range or area and alert you if your dog moves outside of that area.

In addition to providing geographical information, most pet fitness monitors provide data about your dog’s movement and whether he is sleeping, moving around, or running full-on-zoomies around your living room. Some monitors provide information on heart rate, respiration, temperature, and calories burned.

Fitness Goals for Pets

You can partner with your veterinarian to establish healthy Fitness levels for your dog and then set goals to ensure that your dog is staying fit and healthy. Of course, pet owners should always consult their dog or cat’s veterinarian before starting a new exercise plan and for guidance on how much Fitness dogs at certain stages in their lives can safely enjoy. Just like with human wellness, exercise is only one part of maintaining a healthy weight, so it is important to also make sure that you are feeding an appropriate diet for your dog and that you know how many Kcals you are feeding your pet each day.

Pet Fitness Monitor and the RV Lifestyle

Whether you are a full-time RVer or take periodic camping trips with your dog, a pet fitness monitor can be a lifesaver if your dog were to get loose and become lost. Fitness monitor can often pinpoint the exact spot where your dog is located so that you and your dog can be united quickly. This is extremely helpful if you are constantly changing locations and your dog is not familiar with their surroundings or the way home to your RV unit.

Important Collar Safety Information

Although one of the benefits of a pet Fitness monitor is to have visibility into what your pet does when you are not with her, it is important to put collar safety first. Collars pose a choking hazard to dogs who are left alone in kennels and crates, outside in fenced areas, or loose inside a home. Additionally, collars can be extremely dangerous when dogs play together. The safest type of dog collar is a breakaway collar like the Keep Safe Breakaway Collar that is designed to come apart if enough pressure is placed on it. This type of collar is specially designed so that you can override the breakaway function when your dog is on a leash.

 

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How to turn your dog into your fitness buddy?

As adults it can be hard to find time to squeeze in daily trips to the gym between our other obligations. It can also be frustrating to pay a $40 monthly gym membership fee and not get $40 out of use from it. If you do make it to the gym, it means even more time that your dog is alone waiting for you to come and spend time with them. The good news for dog owners is that you don’t need a gym to get plenty of exercise; all you need to do is go and have fun with your dog.

Walking

Walking is the most basic form of exercise, as well as one of the best because it offers many health benefits. According to the Harvard Medical School, walking can help boost immunity, ease joint pain, reduces the risk of breast cancer, and even tame a sweet tooth. Walking also offers substantial health benefits for your dog, including digestive and joint health, mental exercise, and socialization.

If you and your dog have been hibernating on the sofa all winter, start off with short walks and build up to longer outings. If you live in a northern climate where ice melting products are used frequently, consider using booties on your dog or performing a post-walk paw wash after each walk. You can also find indoor dog parks or tracks in many locales. Some retail stores allow pets, like Home Depot, Bass Pro Shops, and most pet stores, so you and your pup can take a stroll through the aisles if your sidewalks are icy or salt covered.

Hiking

Hiking is essentially walking on a more rugged path, and is the perfect activity for active breeds and their owners. Similar to starting a walking program, start with shorter, easier hikes and build up to more challenging terrain as long as you and your dog are both in good physical health.

Depending on where you live, the weather, the type of terrain, and the local wildlife, you may consider purchasing protective booties for your dog’s paws, a dog coat for cold climates and breeds with sparse coats, and an emergency sling or harness that you can use should your dog be injured while on your hike and need to be carried to safety. Remember to always take sufficient water for both you and your dog. If you are going on long hikes together, some manufacturers offer energy bars made just for athletic dogs that you can easily toss into your backpack along with your own snacks.

Running

Some dogs make great running partners if they have been properly trained with good leash walking skills and are in top physical shape. Always check with your veterinarian before starting to run with your dog and start slowly to allow your dog to gain stamina and strength and avoid injury.

The American Kennel Club website has great information on how to incorporate your pup into your running program: https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/how-to-train-your-dog-to-run-with-you.

Runner’s World Magazine also offers some tips on running with your dog: https://www.runnersworld.com/runners-stories/a20850541/how-to-run-a-5k-with-your-dog.

Agility

The dog sport of agility consists of dogs navigating their way through a course full of obstacles and challenges like weave poles, tunnels, teeter boards, jumps, and more. It is also great exercise for owners who run through the course directing their dog through each portion of the course.

Agility can be hard on a dog’s joints so a thorough veterinary exam prior to starting is suggested. It is also recommended that owners find a dog training school that is extremely knowledgeable about the sport and promotes safety and the use of proper techniques. Great agility trainers will also be knowledgeable about canine physical therapy and conditioning, which is important to reduce the risk of injury.

Agility is open to dogs of all shapes and sizes regardless of breed. Mixed breeds are welcome to participate in all agility events. Agility is a great way to bond with your dog and meet other dog owners at agility events. The American Kennel Club website has information on how to get started at this link:http://www.akc.org/sports/agility.

Skijoring

Dog owners who live in parts of the country where it snows can participate in the sport of skijoring with their dog. Skijoring is a sport in which owners on cross country skis are pulled by their dogs. This is a great activity for well-trained winter loving dogs who are in great physical shape. In addition to your own skis, poles, and winter gear, you will need a special pulling harness for your dog, pulling leashes, and a belt to attach to your own waist, and of course some snow.

Check out this link with basic information for skijoring beginners : https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/lifestyle/the-best-winter-dog-sport-ever-skijoring.

Some dog owners also wear roller-blades instead of cross-country skis, but it is extremely important that your dog is well-trained in order to avoid injury to both of you.

Ladder Workout

Ladder workouts are common among athletes and involve going through a series of exercises, often with a lap of walking or running between them. A typical ladder workout might include a short run, followed by jumping jacks, more running, sit-ups, running lunges, running, etc. You can incorporate this into exercise with your dog by running or walking a set distance, and then performing the exercises while holding onto your dog’s leash or having a walking partner hold the leash while you do the exercises and then swap so that you hold the leash and they do the exercises. You can also exercise in your own yard while your dog is exploring or while you are playing fetch with your pup by doing each run of the ladder of exercises between rounds of fetch.

 

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What does being a responsible pet owner mean?

As we are already into February, the month of love, do you know it is also the Responsible Pet Owners Month? When you think about responsible pet ownership what comes to your mind? Being a responsible pet parent, taking good care of them or taking them to the vet for regular check-ups?

The answer to all the above questions is ‘yes’ and more. Here are some of the ways by which you can observe the Responsible Pet Owners Month.

1)   Do the needed research

Before adopting a pet, do proper research on the type of breed you are adopting. How to take care of them, how to satisfy their everyday needs and whether or not you could afford them. These are all some of the serious questions you should ask yourself because adopting a pet is like having another family member. They need care and affection.

2)   Make your home pet-proof

If you haven’t done it yet, this month is the perfect opportunity to pet-proof your home. Many pet owners do not realize the hidden dangers that are present inside their own home. Dogs are curious creatures and they love to explore, so make sure there are no harmful substances that are lying around or within the reach that could potentially harm your furry bestie. Do a little research on household products, plants, food and other everyday objects that could be a hazard and make a conscious effort to remove them.

3)   Take them to the vet

This is a given. Take them to the vet at least twice a year to get them checked up. Apart from treating them, a visit to the vet can give you an idea about your pet’s overall health. The vet can also help you in providing the proper diet, exercise routine and living environment. If the visit is pending for a while, this is the perfect opportunity.

4)   Provide them proper diet

Consult a vet and make sure you are giving them proper food filled with nutrients throughout the day. A well-balanced diet plays an important role in keeping your pet energetic and happy.

5)   Respect their feelings

Pets feel emotions too, sometimes more than humans. It is important to remember that they too feel sad, hungry, happy, and a few hundred other emotions. They are a lifetime commitment and responsibility; not a toy or an accessory that you can discard if bored.

The Responsible Pet Owners Month is here to remind you of your responsibility as a pet parent and also to spread awareness about animal abuse. Countless animals get abused in their own homes every day and it needs to be stopped.

Make sure to practice a better, responsible pet parenting and help spread awareness by sharing this article. Cheers!