If getting more exercise is amongst your 2021 goals, you may have a natural personal trainer right by your side. Dogs can be great motivation to make fitness a part of your daily routine by going for daily walks, which also happens to be a safe and healthy activity during COVID-19.
Of course, it’s also important to prepare your four-legged friend for any journey, according to veterinarian and Front of the Packco-founderDr. Stephanie Wenban.
“An estimated 66% of dog’s across America today suffer from poor joint health. Our dog’sare leading longer and more adventurous lives than ever before, so it is important toconsider joint health from a young age,” Dr. Wenban said. “There are preventative steps that can help to keep your dog active andmobile throughout his or her life.”
Here are Dr. Wenban’s top five veterinary tips for keeping your dog’s joints healthy....
Over-exercise and feeding a diet that is not balanced for growing puppies can lead to changes in the growth plates and affect joint development, which in later life will lead to jointdisease. Controlled, regular exercise and a good quality puppy diet will set your puppy up forgood joint health into the future.
Try to vary the strain your dog’s joints are under by varying their exercise patterns. Forexample, try to mix it up between soft and hard surfaces regularly. Also try to vary the type ofexercise your dog gets, as daily repetition of certain activities such as chasing a ball canlead to joint problems into the future.
Overweight dogs are around three times more likely to experience joint disease, such as arthritisand ruptured cruciate ligaments. Carrying extra weight leads to extra strain on the joints, soone of the best things you can do to help in preventing and alleviating joint disease is tokeep your dog trim.
Veterinarians are trained to spot even the most subtle differences in how your dog moves,so at least twice yearly visits to the vet should be essential. Spotting the early signs ofdiscomfort and starting early treatment can help to delay the progression of joint disease,and keep your dog far more comfortable.
Glucosamine and Chondroitin can help to preserve the spongy cartilage that provides anessential cushioning for joints. Other supplements such as Omega-3 fatty acids andCurcumin can help to balance inflammatory systems within the body and joints. One dogsupplement that contains Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Omega-3 fatty acids and Curcumin isMove by Front OfThe Pack.
If you don’t have a dog to walk with? Well, if you’re ready to take the step of finding a new best friend, there are thousands of amazing dogs waiting for you to foster or adopt them at a local shelter or rescue. To get started, visitwww.bestfriends.org.
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Front of the Pack, a canine supplement company, has made tracking your progress easy and worthwhile by sponsoring Best Friends Animal Society’s ResQWalk app. Not only can walkers see their mileage, they can also designate a local shelter or animal welfare organization that raise money for with each step.