Your dog is your best friend, and it’s up to you to make sure that he leads a happy and healthy life. Regular trips to your veterinarian will help him stay healthy and get the care he needs in case he has an issue. Dogs are naturally energetic creatures and love playtime as well as going for walks or romping in the dog park on a regular basis. However, when you lead a busy lifestyle, it can be challenging to make sure that your dog is getting enough exercise. Read on to learn about the signs that your dog may not be getting sufficient exercise.
Exercise is as important for dogs as it is for humans. If you notice that your dog is putting on weight, it could be a sign that he needs more exercise, less or different food, or a combination thereof. Being overweight can cause health problems in your dog and reduce his overall quality of life. Talk to your veterinarian about your dog’s feeding habits, and keep an eye on his shape to see if he seems to be gaining weight.
Because dogs are so energetic, they need exercise so that they don’t feel bored. When dogs are bored, there is a greater tendency for behavioral issues such as destroying your belongings, chewing on furniture, and other unwanted behaviors. If your dog is starting to be more destructive, it’s possible that more exercise will solve the problem. Constant barking or whining can also indicate that your dog is restless, and needs attention as well as exercise.
Does your dog tend to pace around or wander, especially at night? If your dog has excess energy to burn, it can manifest itself in this type of anxiety. Pacing can be as annoying for you as it is for your dog, and his restlessness can affect your sleep, as well. Make sure that your dog gets enough exercise during the day to help him rest soundly at night.
Call Horizon Animal Hospital at (480) 800-4559 if you have concerns about your pet’s health or behavior. We offer compassionate veterinary care for your four-legged family members. Visit our website to learn more about the services we provide.
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