Vet to the stars, Dr. Patrick Mahaney, has some tips to help U and YOUR PET this fall!!
We give a lot of attention to our pets during the summer. But sadly, as our summer crawls to its inevitable conclusion and America’s children return to school, there is reduced activity and emotional stimulation for our animal companions.
Obesity is clearly an epidemic affecting people and pets. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) an estimated 51% of dogs and cats (approximately 89 million pets) in the United States are overweight or obese. YIKES!
Dr. Patrick says you can help to prevent the “freshman 15” (or weight gain regardless of your academic class) by starting, maintaining, or intensifying a physical fitness program for both you and your dog.
If you and your dog are new to exercising, begin with a consistently paced, low-impact activity, such as short walks or hikes, then increase the duration and challenge. Consistently paced activity has less injury causing potential than high-impact or high-intensity activities, such as sprinting and jumping.
Should your dog show any overt signs of distress while exercising please schedule an examination with your veterinarian before further partaking in physical activity.
Getting outside and being active with your dog provides innumerable physical and emotional benefits for both the humans and their canine participants.
At the start of this new school year, seek refuge in the stress reducing, family friendly benefits of participating in activity with your dog!
[image via Dr. Patrick Mahaney]