A healthy dog is a happy dog! Keep your dogs fit, trim, and strong so that they can enjoy these 10 things:
1// Run (walk):
A healthy pup has better respiration and strength to keep up with you!
Sure, stamina matters, but unhealthy dogs are also more susceptible to picking up and getting sick from outdoor pests like fleas.
After all that running, walking, or hiking, a healthy pup—just like a healthy person—will recover from the impact faster and more thoroughly.
4// Shed less (no, really!):
Healthy skin and a nourished coat doesn’t shed as significantly as one that’s dry, flaky, or irritated. Speaking of which…
5// Smell nice:
Dogs with healthy skin and coat, healthy teeth, and healthy digestion even smell better than unhealthy dogs! (Well, unless they’re wet, of course!)
6// Learn new tricks:
Mental health is a critical aspect of overall health, but it’s cyclical. A physically healthy pup is more engaged and active when learning new things.
7// Play dog sports:
Great exercise and great bonding for a fit dog-person duo!
8// Poop better:
Every pet parent knows the good poop from the bad. Healthier dogs have strong digestive systems that help them eliminate waste effectively.
9// Indulge… once in a while!
An unhealthy pup, especially if weight is a problem, can’t afford a sweet treat, even occasionally. A healthy pup can!
10// Live longer:
The pinnacle of a healthy pet is a long, happy life together! Who doesn’t want more time with their best friend?
Feeling like you and your pup aren’t quite at the top of your wellness game? There’s no time like right now to get fit together. Lace up those sneaks, clip on the leash, and hit the pavement. You’ll be working through these 10 together in no time!
Maggie Marton is a freelance writer based in Indianapolis. When not hiking with her two pit mixes, Emmett and Cooper, or playing with Newt the Cat, Maggie writes about them (and the pet industry) at ohmydogblog.com and maggiemarton.com.
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