It is important to keep yourself and your dog healthy, stress-free, and happy throughout life. Thankfully, you can take on these simple tasks together. Engaging in regular exercise and eating healthy will be much more enjoyable with your furry friend by your side. Read on for simple ways to stay healthy with your dog.
Veterinarians already advise taking your dog for regular walks and runs. However, this daily habit can provide great health benefits for you as well. Take your dog for brisk walks around the neighborhood. Go on hikes in dog-appropriate parks and trails. You can also go swimming with your dog, but ensure that your dog has a life vest and is never left alone in the water. These simple and fun movements will relieve stress and health issues for both you and your dog.
Eating healthy is important for you and your dog. It is crucial to stay away from over-processed, sugary, and carbohydrate-filled foods and drinks. These items will lead to multiple diseases and weight issues for you and your dog. However, you and your dog can eat healthy together. You both can consume lean proteins—such as eggs, turkey, and fish—and healthy vegetables like cucumbers and celery. These foods will provide necessary nutrients and health benefits. Speak with your veterinarian first before implementing a new diet.
Do Weighted Exercise
You can also perform a variety of weighted exercises with help from your dog. Ensure that your dog is comfortable being held or standing on an unsteady surface. Hold your dog securely in your arms and perform squats. Encourage your dog to stand or sit on your back and perform a series of pushups. Weighted exercises like these will provide many bonding opportunities between you and your dog, and they will keep you in shape.
Call (480) 800-4559 for checkups and consultations at Horizon Animal Hospital. We can help you develop a great diet and exercise regimen to keep your dog healthy and happy his entire life.