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A Guide to Dog Fitness for Canine Fitness Month (aka Active Dog Month)

Just like humans, dogs need to get enough exercise and eat a healthy diet in order to avoid obesity and certain health conditions. Canine Fitness Month, also called Active Dog Month, is celebrated every April as a reminder to dog owners to check in on their dog’s weight and overall health. Your veterinarian can help you determine if your dog needs a new diet or an adjustment to his daily activity level. Here’s everything you need to know about Canine Fitness Month.

Learn the History of Canine Fitness Month

Canine Fitness Month was developed by FitPAWS, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of the dangers of obesity in dogs. A sedentary lifestyle, which means a lack of exercise or activity, plus a poor diet can cause your dog to gain weight. This increases his risk of health problems like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. FitPAWS is dedicated to encouraging dog owners to exercise daily with their dogs.

How to Observe Canine Fitness Month

You should observe Canine Fitness Month by making an appointment with your veterinarian. Your veterinarian can evaluate your dog’s weight, diet, activity level, and overall health. You can get expert advice on whether you need to adjust your dog’s diet or make sure he gets more exercise. Other ways to improve your dog’s health during Canine Fitness Month and every month are:

  • Daily walks
  • Active, engaging play like fetch or hide and seek
  • Giving your dog fewer treats or finding healthier treats
  • Going to the dog park or taking your dog to doggy daycare
  • Hiring a dog walker if you can’t go on daily walks
  • Feeding your dog a healthy, balanced diet

Be Aware of the Signs Your Dog Needs More Exercise

If you notice any of these warning signs that your dog needs more exercise, you should visit your veterinarian:

  • Weight gain or obesity
  • Excessive energy or pacing
  • Increased restlessness or aggression
  • Rough play
  • Barking or whining
  • Destructive behavior
  • Breathing problems
  • Long nails
  • Stiff or achy joints or limbs

Make an appointment with your veterinarian today to discuss your dog’s health and make sure he is at a healthy weight and following a healthy diet.



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