Exercise is as important as feeding a healthy, well balanced diet to your pet. Not only will it provide essential health benefits but it will also provide mental stimulation and important social contact with other canines and people.
The type of exercise you choose for your pet depends on a number of factors, the most important being their current level of mobility, their age and weight. We encourage you to contact us and discuss your pet's exercise plan prior to starting a new program. We can help you plan the frequency and duration of activity sessions as well as the most suitable forms of exercise for your pet. Of course the last thing we want to see is a knee injury from a dog who hasn't chased a ball since he/she was a puppy. What we do want to see is a progressive improvement in your pet's fitness level and muscle tone without injury.
Here's a few tips for pets returning to exercise and those already in existing programs:-
Excess weight can cause similar health problems in dogs as in humans such as respiratory problems, joint problems and reduced life expectancy. A veterinary weight loss program including a calorie-controlled diet and an exercise program overseen by your veterinary team is the safest way to achieve weight loss and maintain a healthy weight.
If your pet's exercise goal is weight loss here's a couple of extra pointers: