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Keeping Fido Fit

Is your dog a furry, four-legged bundle of zoom? Or do you have an adorable couch potato on your hands? Dogs are quite playful and active when they’re young, but they slow down as they age. No matter how old your pooch is, however, he’ll need proper activity to stay healthy. Read on as a local Norwalk, CA vet offers some helpful tips on keeping your canine pal in shape.

Keep Your Dog Active

Doggy workout regimens are not one size fits all. Your furry friend’s age, breed, weight, and health will all play roles in determining the type and amount of exercise he needs. Some dogs—like brachycephalic breeds—should not be encouraged to run or swim, while others need at least an hour of activity each day. That said, most pups need at least a daily walk. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Offer A Balanced Diet

Good nutrition will play a huge role in your dog’s weight and health. Offer your canine friend a high-quality food, one that is suitable for his breed and age. Portion size is important, so keep a close eye on how much you are giving Fido. Even offering your cute pet a few calories extra each day can cause him to gain a pound a year! Of course, we can’t really talk about doggy diets without mentioning treats. Treats are a great way to brighten your pup’s day and/or reward him for being good, but don’t go overboard. Fido has a way of convincing us that he’s really hungry and really needs that doggy treat or piece of bacon. Don’t let your fuzzy friend manipulate you!

Playtime

Walks are great, but they aren’t the only way to keep your furry buddy fit. Take time to play with Fido every day. Toss a ball or Frisbee for him, or just indulge him in a fun game like Tag. This will help keep him fit physically, and will also help prevent doggy boredom. If your pooch has more energy than you do, see if he’s interested in chasing after that little red dot from a laser pointer. That way, your canine friend will do all the running around, while you stay fairly still. You can also get your pooch an automated ball launcher.

Please reach out to us, your local Norwalk, CA vet clinic, anytime. We are always happy to help!

Doggy Obesity

Is your pup getting a bit round? Fido may be adorable if he’s a little pudgy, but if he becomes obese, he’ll be at risk for some very serious health problems. Those extra pounds can really take a toll on your pet’s health! Read on as a Norwalk, CA vet discusses doggy obesity.

Risk Factors

As one may expect, diet and exercise both play large roles in Fido’s weight. However, some dogs are more likely to become obese than others. Dogs that are over five are at increased risk of obesity, simply because they aren’t as active or playful as younger pooches. Pups that spend the majority of their time indoors are also more likely to get chubby. Our canine pals sometimes gain weight after being fixed. Certain health conditions, such as hypothyroidism, can also cause obesity.

Health Issues

As noted above, obesity can cause a variety of health issues in dogs, including heart disease, liver and kidney issues, skin problems, reproductive issues, and diabetes. That additional weight will also put extra strain on Fido’s bones and joints, which can exacerbate or contribute to painful medical issues like arthritis and hip dysplasia. Dogs that are overweight or obese also have higher risks of developing complications after surgery or anesthesia. They even have shorter lifespans!

Keeping Fido Fit

Making sure that Fido is getting the right type and amount of exercise is very important. Your pet’s exact activity needs will depend on his age, weight, breed, and health, so ask your vet for recommendations. For instance, small dogs may only need a walk around the block, while an active, medium-sized dog may need an hour of exercise daily. However, Fido’s workouts can be fun for both of you. Playing games like Fetch, or having your pooch chase a laser pointer, can help keep your furry buddy fit.

Diet

Man’s Best Friend is very, very enthusiastic about food. Fido is also an expert at convincing us that he’s starving, even if he just ate. We know, doggy theatrics can be pretty convincing. That’s one reason why it’s so important to follow your vet’s nutritional recommendations. If you know that your pet has eaten exactly what he should have, you’ll be less likely to fall for those sad puppy dog eyes.

Please contact us, your Norwalk, CA pet hospital, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here for you!