Does your dog suffer from being overweight or possibly obese?
Statistically, over half of all dogs in America are either overweight or obese, which is very alarming! If you stop to think about it though, it kind of all makes sense. Certain brands in the pet food industry are finally being exposed to show what were really feeding our dogs and why it is important to monitor your pets health after feeding them certain foods. Pet allergies are on the rise and food is typically the first culprit, followed by environmental pollutants. Educating yourself as well as reading ingredients and choosing what is best for your dog is the only way we can protect their overall wellness. Whether it is switching to a fully raw diet or purchasing the best quality of kibble possible, diet is the first thing to consider when keeping your pets health in check.
Next on the list to consider when keeping your dog healthy and fit is an exercise regimen/program. Most pet owners can benefit themselves from helping their dogs stay in shape, because it too forces them to move and improve their own daily habits and choices. Another statistic proves that dogs who stay lean and fit live on average two years longer than dogs who do not( that’s a total of 14 years in human years!). These dogs also have better quality of life and tend to age much slower than dogs who stay stagnant, overweight and unhealthy. If you are unsure how to get your dog started on a healthier and more active lifestyle, here are some ideas and suggestions:
- Examine Your Dog’s Physical Health & Age.
Does your dog have the physical stamina, cardiac and respiratory health at the moment to start an easy or vigorous exercise program? Is your dog used to being active or stagnant? Is your dog young or aging
- Do You Need Advice From a Professional?
Does your dog need a checkup or physical from a veterinarian? Having a medical professional examine your dog and give you honest advice about your dog’s health abilities is always a smart thing to do.
- Educate Yourself on Exercises for your Dog.
Depending on the age and physical condition of your dog, choosing the safest and most effective exercise for him/her is vital. Fitness swimming/Hydrotherapy is ideal for dogs of any age because it works the entire body, including their physical and mental systems. It is non-weight bearing and it is the most recommended exercise for overweight and obese dogs. Land based exercises, even underwater treadmills, continue to put pressure on joints and muscles which also leaves room for injury, especially in dogs who have extra weight. Holistic and natural swimming is the only exercise that will 100% protect your dog from injury. If you have any questions regarding where to start, contact us for advice
- Establish A Goal & Plan.
After you establish what is best for your dog depending on their age and overall health, it is a good idea to come up with a plan and goal specifically for your dog. For example, if your dog is young, you will most likely need an more intense exercise to keep him/her strong, lean and fit. If your dog is aging with arthritis and has less mobility, a slower, more calm but effective exercise would be a better option for him/her. Considering all aspects of their health is crucial when finalizing your action plan, including their diet
- Test it Out.
Whatever physical activity you decide upon, always make sure to watch for signs of discomfort or stress. Depending on your dog, you will have a good idea of what is helping them versus what may be too much for them. Like humans, dogs who haven’t exercised regularly need time to build their stamina and strength. It is also always advised to make sure whoever is exercising your dog is certified, experienced and educated about canine fitness. After some time, see if what you are doing is actually making a difference for your dog’s overall health with a progress report. And above all else, remember to enjoy this time with your dog. You are choosing to make their quality of life better and giving them the gift of health, how amazing is that!
About Dip’ n Dogs Hydrotherapy – Orlando, FL
At Dip’n Dogs Hydrotherapy, we are certified and caring professionals devoted to restoring and enhancing the health and happiness of your beloved pup. Encompassing a state-of-the-art, indoor pool, as well as a certified hydrotherapist, this can provide effective and long lasting results for your pet’s injury or illness. We are conveniently located in Orlando FL near the College Park area. Contact us today at (407) 227-0030. Our Services include the following: Indoor Hydrotherapy and In-Home/Outdoor Mobile Therapy for dogs. We look forward to hearing from you!