How to Keep Your Dog Healthy – Here’s One Important Way

How to Keep Your Dog Healthy.  Most of us love our dogs and cats.  We want them to live long, healthy, and happy lives.  So how do we make this happen? 

One important way is to make sure they get proper exercise each day.  I read an article that discusses how to keep your dog healthy.  It compares a pet staying indoors with nothing to do with a child staying at home for that period with nothing to do – no toys, no books to read, and no interaction with others.

This causes our pets to live a very boring life.  They would love to be outside taking part in activities.

That is why taking your dog for a long walk or a couple of shorter walks is so important.  Your cat enjoys games of fetch or chase with a wad of paper.  They also like games that allow them to look for food in the house.

The name of the article I read is, “Why Walking Your Pet Is A Must” by Dr. Ernie Ward.

Here is a quote from the article:

Pets on the Brink of Boredom

Believe it or not, one of the chief stressors for many homebound animals is idle time. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for indoors-only pets. My two dogs and cats live inside, but they also go outside for an hour or more every day. Not only do my cats have access to a screened-in porch, I’ve also trained them to explore the backyard during supervised “walk-n-stalks.”

If you want to mitigate the damaging effects of stress on your pet, take your dog or cat (I know, this is sometimes easier said than done with felines) for a 30-minute walk each day – or, at the very least, two 15-minute jaunts.

Fact: Our pets need and deserve exercise, stimulating interaction and a dose of fun each day, which is why one of my greatest pet peeves is an owner who never does anything with his amazing animal. I call them “pasture ornaments” because these animals look good on the landscape, but they rarely enjoy ample human interaction. They get playtime when their owner has the time and energy – and walks only happen when conditions are ideal.

Bottom line: In my practice, many pets with behavior problems improve considerably when a regular aerobic exercise program is part of their treatment. And it takes only a little activity each day to keep this doctor away.

Here is the complete article.

It is worthwhile reading the entire article.  We sometimes forget how bored our pets can get if there is no stimulation in their lives.

What about you?  Do you ever think about how to keep your dog healthy?  Do you make sure that your pet gets exercise and mental stimulation?  You probably do.  What do you do for your pets to keep them from being bored?  Thanks for your comments.

 

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