Fido’s Fitness Regimen

Does your dog jump for joy when you pick up his toy? Or is Fido more interested in naps and doggy biscuits? Whether you have an active, playful pooch or an adorable, four-legged couch potato, making sure your canine pal is getting the right kind and amount of activity is very important. Read on as a local Coon Rapids, MN vet discusses Fido’s workouts.

Doggy Fitness
Fido’s exercise requirements will depend on several things, including his age, health, breed, and weight. For instance, while some dogs love running, other pups, like pugs, can get winded very quickly. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Canine Obesity
Regular exercise is one of the best things you can do to keep your furry pal from becoming obese. While your pet may look cute if he’s a bit pudgy, Fido will be much healthier if he stays at or near his ideal weight. Being overweight or obese can seriously increase your dog’s chances of getting some very serious medical problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis.

Aging Pooches
As Fido ages, he may not run or jump like he used to, and he may get tired out after a walk around the block, but he’ll still need some sort of activity. Proper activity will help keep your canine companion’s bones and muscles strong. It’s also good for both his circulation and mental health. Just take care not to overexert your furry buddy. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Better Behavior
Excess energy is the root cause of quite a bit of bad doggy behavior. If Fido is full of zing, and doesn’t have a proper channel for it, he may turn some of that energy into mischievous behaviors, like digging and chewing. A fun workout or play session will tire your frisky pet out a bit, which can make a huge difference in his behavior.

Keeping Fido Amused
Does your furry friend have more energy than you do? Fetch may be a great choice for you: Fido can tire himself out, while you stand still. Or, try holding a laser pointer for your canine buddy to chase. Automated ball launchers are another good option. (Note: these are not safe for larger breeds, as big dogs can choke on tennis balls.)

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