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What Your Local Vet Should Tell You about Keeping Dogs Active during Winter

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Why not admit it? Most of us don’t feel like going out for a walk when it’s cold, windy, wet, and slippery outside. And neither does your dog.

Despite the unpleasant temperatures, dogs still need their daily intake of exercise. Local vets give the best advice on caring for your dogs.

Lack of exercise can be a serious issue for your dog. It can lead to:

  • Weight gain
  • Muscle deterioration. This can increase the chances of your dog getting injured
  • Lack of socialization and activity
  • Built-up frustration. This can result in your dog destroying objects around the house.

In this article, we want to give you some tips to help you keep your pets active during the winter season.

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What Local Vets Recommend To Keep Your Dog Active during Winter

  • Organize a play date

We all have at least one friend whom we haven’t seen in a long time and who has a dog. Call them to see whether they’d be up for a play date with the dogs.

Chances are they will. It will not only be an excellent opportunity for you to catch up with a dear friend, but your dogs will have a good time as well. It’s almost impossible for your dog not be active around another furry fellow.

  • Sign them up for a class

It can be any class you want – training, obedience, swimming, or agility. The great thing about these classes is they are held indoors.

Not only will your dog stay warm, but they will also socialize with other dogs, make new friends, and learn some new tricks.

  • Buy them winter gear

One of the reasons why your dog may not be active outside is because they’re cold. Make sure they are wearing a sweater or a jacket and their paws are protected before you go out.

If your dog doesn’t like wearing boots, you should clean the salt from their paws as soon as you get home.

  • Take your dog with you

Your dog likes to follow you around the house, right? So why not take them with you when you go out?

You will not be able to bring him everywhere with you, but if, for instance, you’re going out for coffee, try to find a dog-friendly location.

  • Indoor activities 

If you don’t feel like leaving the couch, then you can definitely keep your dog entertained at home. The only thing you’ll need is a ball or a toy your dog loves.

Fetch can be so much fun for your furry friend, and it will tire him quite quickly.

Local Vets Want What’s Best for Your Dog

We hope this winter season will turn out to be quite active, both for you and your dog. If you’re someone who doesn’t have a lot of time to exercise themselves, then having a dog will definitely help.

If you need help from our local vets, don’t hesitate to get in touch online or give us a call at 404-238-7438. 

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