January Is National Walk Your Dog Month. If one of your resolutions is to become more active, walking with your dog is a great way to get moving.
Walking is not just a way for you and your pet to stay healthy, but also has numerous other benefits. Keep your pet's vaccinations up to date then, come rain or shine, make walking part of your daily routine. Here are a few good reasons why you should start today:
Dogs need to release energy
If a dog doesn’t expend extra energy, behavioral issues, such as chewing or separation anxiety, can develop. A tired dog is easier to train than a dog full of energy. Plus during the walks, you can reinforce training such as heeling, sitting, etc. If your pet is a puller, gentle leaders and harnesses can help.
Help prevent roaming
During the course of a walk, your dog will be exposed to a variety of smells, sights, and sounds. Getting out of the house is a way to fulfill a dog’s need to roam and improve his/her sense of direction.
Do It Regularly
Regular walks can improve and lengthen your pet’s life. Just like humans, dogs need regular exercise to help improve their heart function, and muscle tone.
Keep Your Dog Healthy
Over half of all dogs suffer with complications due to obesity. Exercise helps prevent and manage chronic diseases by keeping your pet at a healthy weight. Dogs with arthritis and diabetes can benefit greatly from walking.
Please keep in mind that puppies should be NOT be walked in areas with other dog traffic until they are fully vaccinated to avoid exposure to disease. They should also avoid trails in The Woodlands until fully vaccinated due to concerns about leptospirosis.
If you need to get your pet's vaccines up-to-date or if you have any concerns about your pet's weight or overall health, make an appointment with one of our caring veterinarians by clicking on the button below. We hope you all have a happy and healthy 2016!