Just as exercise can make you feel better both mentally and physically, it does the same for your pet. That's why we're celebrating Walk Your Pet Month at our Lewistown and Mifflintown veterinarian, Pleasant View Veterinary Clinic and Juniata Veterinary Clinic. Walking is essential for all dogs, and even some cats enjoy a daily stroll.
Benefits of Dog Walking
Taking your pooch for a daily walk is one of the best ways to combat a leading health problem in canines: obesity. Walking not only promotes a healthy weight, but it also helps keep your dog limber and agile. Additional benefits of dog walking include improved digestion, mood, and behaviors. The energy your dog releases on a walk may reduce restlessness, neediness, and destructiveness at home. A walk is also a good time to practice commands with your dog and it's an important bonding time for dogs and the whole family.
Veterinary Tips for Pet Walking
Whether it's a dog or a cat at the end of the leash, follow these health and safety veterinary tips for pet walking:
- Schedule a veterinary appointment to ensure your pet is healthy enough for exercise. A pet suffering from obesity, arthritis, or other health conditions may need to start on short walks to build up endurance.
- Use a comfortable harness on a cat or small dog. When pulled on, collars can choke small animals.
- Practice paw safety. Pets should not walk on pavement that is hot to the touch, iced, or sprayed with de-icer. Check paws after a walk for injury, and wash off paws after snowy or icy walks.
- Watch for signs of weather exhaustion, such as heavy panting and weakness.
- Keep water available.
- Wear reflective clothing and use a flashlight at night.
- Carry a pet-safe spray to ward off any loose animals that may attack.
Appointments at Our Veterinarian in Lewistown and Mifflintown
Are you ready to get those paws and feet walking? Great! Contact us today for a nose-to-tail wellness appointment at our veterinarian in Lewistown and Mifflintown, Pleasant View Veterinary Clinic and Juniata Veterinary Clinic. For Lewistown call 717-248-4703 and for Mifflintown 717-436-9790.