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Guest post by Stephanie Lynch
When it comes to exercising with your dog, there are so many questions that are often either too confusing or never even thought of. Whether you exercise with your dog daily or are new to it, these are some popular questions often asked online:
1. Can a dog exercise after being neutered?
With an average healing window of 7 to 10 days, it is important that you limit your dog to only basic activities. While going on a short walk is allowed and even encouraged, it is critical that you allow your dog to heal while also making sure that your furry friend engages in no strenuous activity that could be detrimental to the healing process. This means that jumping, running, and aggressive play should be off-limits during the given recovery window.
2. Can a dog exercise after eating?
Ideally not. Quite similar to people in this regard, engaging in any form of exercise following a meal can contribute to sickness. As an owner, you are advised to wait 30-60 minutes after your dog has concluded his or her meal before stimulating any form of exercise or play. With medical observation and treatment coming at a rather high cost, on rare occasions exercise directly following a meal can be a contributing cause to a condition known as torsion. Caused by severe bloating, this can result in the twisting of the top and bottom areas of the stomach, trapping gas and causing reduced circulation. This medical ailment can prove to be potentially fatal.
3. Can dogs exercise too much?
Although exercise is paramount for every dog, regardless of breed or age, it is possible for a dog to receive too much exercise. While dogs in the herding, hunting, and working classes naturally require more exercise than a bulldog, for example, any dog can be overworked. As an owner, the best thing you can do is to be mindful of cues and signals that your dog is giving you. If your dog looks fatigued or simply seems content to lie around the house, perhaps a short walk is in order rather than something more strenuous. Similar to people in this regard in respect to physical limitations, it is critical to realize the limitations of your pet.
4. Can dogs exercise with kennel cough?
Caused by infectious agents that create irritation in a dog’s trachea and bronchial tubes, kennel cough typically results in a dry and deep cough that remains essentially perpetual until the infection is medically treated or runs its natural course. Typically occurring roughly one week after the initial infection, kennel cough can be a hassle for everyone involved. In terms of exercise, any physical activity, even something deemed quite minor, is not advised. Similar to a person with a hacking cough caused by a virus or breathing condition, exercise can actually trigger additional coughing. Usually lasting no longer than three weeks, rest is the best course of action for kennel cough.
5. Can dogs exercise when pregnant?
Yes. Routine exercise will help a pregnant dog maintain muscle tone and a general standing of positive health. Due to the fact that obesity can potentially pose a danger during pregnancy, it is critical to pay attention to your dog’s caloric intake. Simple activities, such as non-strenuous walking, is not only safe, but encouraged.
6. Can dogs exercise on a treadmill?
The internet is filled with various videos of dogs exercising on treadmills, some of which are rather humorous. It is indeed safe for a dog to use this type of exercise machine. In fact, most dogs can be trained to use an electric treadmill without a hassle. As long as your dog is supervised (never leave the room) and is able to physically handle the exercise routine and the program has been approved by a veterinarian, treadmill activity is a quality concept to implement. This is especially true during days with bad weather.
7. Can a dog exercise while in heat?
Yes. Exercise through routine walking is encouraged as long as you are partaking in strict owner responsibility. Although quite challenging, for the most obvious reasons, it is critical that your dog is never taken off-leash while in heat. Due to the fact that female dogs are extremely attractive to males during this time, walking without a leash could be chaotically problematic. Without a leash, a female dog in heat becomes far less likely to respond to your commands, which can ultimately lead to your dog running away.
8. Can a dog exercise with heartworms?
If your dog has been tested for heartworms and the results have returned positive, it is critical that you restrict the exercise. Although potentially quite difficult, especially if your dog is accustomed to being active, exercise must be greatly reduced as soon as a diagnosis has been made. Due to the fact that intense activity can actually increase the heartworm rate, exercise can, unfortunately, worsen the issue.
9. Does my dog need exercise every day?
Yes. Regardless of the size of your dog, breed or even age, every dog needs physical exercise in order to maintain a respectable level of energy and positive health. In this respect, dogs and humans are virtually identical. Developing a daily exercise routine can help your dog’s overall mental health and even eliminate some problematic behaviors that have been the result of anxiety and/or boredom. Although every dog is different and requires a certain amount of special attention, exercise is always advised (across the board) for every dog.
10. Why does a dog need exercise?
Essentially piggybacking on the prior topic, it is paramount that your dog receives daily exercise in order to maintain a positive quality of life from both a mental and physical standpoint. Although some dogs only demand basic activities, such as a walk in the park, other dogs, depending on their breed, require (and enjoy) more rigorous exercise. On average, a dog needs between 30 to 120 minutes of exercise per day. As a proud dog owner, you also need an ample amount of exercise just like your furry friend. In truth, walking and playing with your dog is the ultimate way to not only care for your animal but also for yourself.
Stephanie Lynch, a dog lover, avid hiker and mom of two hailing from Gilbert, Arizona, is from Howmuchisit.org, a cost-helping database designed to help consumers find out what unknown things cost in life. You can follow her on Twitter at @howmuchforit.
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