5 Fun Ways to Help Your Dog Lose Weight this Summer!

Mar 15

Categories: Pet Care

5 Fun Ways to Help Your Dog Lose Weight this Summer!

Spring has officially come to Cherry Hill, and summer is right around the corner! Here in Cherry Hill, we’re fortunate to live in a part of the country that affords plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities, including parks and trails where we can enjoy the great outdoors with our best four-legged friends. During the long, cold winter months, we tend to be a little more sedentary—and so do our pets. That means we often end up packing on a few extra pounds over the winter. So, take it from your Cherry Hill veterinarian: there’s no time like the present to have a little fun with your dog and lose those extra pounds!

It’s not just your waistline that you need to worry about, either. Obesity is an epidemic in dogs just like it is in people, with some reports claiming that as many as 45% of all dogs in the U.S. are either overweight or obese. Obesity in dogs is just as dangerous as it is in humans, and can lead to disorders like diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, and high blood pressure, to name a few. So how do you keep Rover safe and help him lose those extra pounds? Fortunately, regular exercise is just as important for dogs as it is for people, so you and your pet can get the exercise that you both need by getting outdoors together and enjoying some of these fun activities:

  • Take a hike! Hiking is great exercise and a solid physical challenge for you and your pet. Just make sure you start out with hiking trails that aren’t too steep, and take plenty of snacks and water for both of you.
  • Go for a swim! If you can find a dog-friendly (and dog-safe) freshwater lake or even a private pool, swimming can also be a great way to beat the heat while getting some good exercise. Be sure to keep an eye on your dog at all times, though; some are stronger swimmers than others.
  • Play fetch! Take your pet’s favorite toy and head to the park for a game of fetch! Playing fetch is probably as old as our relationship with canines, but long gone are the days when we would play with any old stick we could find on the ground. Take it from your Cherry Hill veterinarian: sticks can hurt your dog and pose choking hazards, so make sure that you play with a toy that’s safe for your four-legged friend.
  • Go for a run! Few exercises build strength and stamina as well as running, and after being cooped up in the house all winter, it’s a sure bet that your pooch is ready to tear up the path at the park. Just remember to use a leash where required, and be prepared to follow your dog’s lead. Stop when they want to stop, rest when they rest. Don’t forget to bring along water for your pooch as well!
  • Take an agility class! Agility classes for dogs set up obstacle courses to let your pet run, jump, and more, while also teaching obedience.

Getting some exercise with your pet is not only a great way to bond, but can also add years to your four-legged friend’s life—not to mention helping you shed those extra pounds from the winter! For more information on pet-friendly exercise and a healthy diet, contact Cherry Hill Animal Hospital, your Cherry Hill veterinarian in Camden County, next door to Mt. Laurel. Our staff members are Fear Free-certified and trained in low-stress handling techniques. Phone (856) 325-2100 for veterinary care in Cherry Hill.

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