What’s a great way to keep both yourself AND your pet in shape? Go for a run or walk together! Not only will this time become cherished for you both, but it will get you guys out to enjoy the fresh air and bond in a new environment.
There are times, however, when running with your dog can become dangerous. To avoid any potential injuries or accidents, here are some tips for exercising with your pet.
Ask your veterinarian if your pet is healthy enough for exercise.
Endurance exercise can be too ambitious for some pets, and you never want to put them in harm’s way. Consult with your vet to get the green light before taking your pet with you on a run or long walk. Certain breeds and dogs of a certain age can struggle with the endurance that this physical activity can bring.
Brush up on training.
Should your dog come off the leash or if any unexpected, yet enticing, object of interest pops up, it’s best to have solid training skills in place to keep your pet safe. It is also recommended to work with your dog to learn how to run or walk on a certain side of you to avoid zigzagging and tripping.
Bring a doggie kit.
Just as you are armed with water bottles and safety equipment such as road flashers or tape, so should your pet. Take water breaks often, especially if temperatures are warm, and bring an extra leash in case one breaks on the road. Poop baggies are another must!
Check your dog post-activity.
Dogs can obtain blisters or cuts on the pads of their feet from the elements, so be sure to check after every run or walk to assess the condition of your pet. If your dog is limping and no exterior cuts are found, seek veterinary care as X-Rays may be recommended for serious issues.
The biggest thing to remember is to keep an eye on your pet’s body language and know when to stop.Happy exercising!
Should you notice any emergencies or post-run oddities, please contact us at Butte Oroville Veterinary Hospital it help.