Happy New Year! Did you know that January is Walk Your Pet Month? This may not be the balmiest time to take your furry friend for a stroll, but pets do need activity and exercise—not to mention potty breaks—all year round. A Fort Collins, CO vet discusses walking your poochin this article.
For many people, walking Fido is a must, for sanitary reasons. However, that isn’t the only reason to take your canine pal out. Your pup will definitely benefit from the exercise. The mental stimulation a good walk offers is also very important, and is crucial for keeping your cute pet happy. Dogs pick up a lot of information by smelling things, so those daily strolls also let your pooch know what’s going on around him. Plus, it’s just a good chance for you to spend some quality time with your furry pal.
Always use a sturdy leash. Retractable leashes definitely have their perks, but there are situations when these can become dangerous. Be very cautious using these in busy areas: you don’t want Fido getting tangled up with another pooch! These can also be hazardous near cliffs, busy roads, and river banks. As far as yourself, choose footwear that has good tread. You may want to dedicate a pouch, bag, or jacket for walking Fido: that way you can keep it stocked with things you may need, such as waste baggies and treats.
First and foremost, if you’re walking on the side of a road, keep Fido to the outside. He’s going to have a shorter profile, and will be harder for drivers to spot. When taking your canine pal out after dark, bring a phone and flashlight with you. Want to listen to your favorite podcast while your pup sniffs that patch of grass for the umpteenth time? Go for it! Just don’t turn your earbuds all the way up. You need to be able to hear things like brakes squealing.
When we discuss walking pets, we’re usually talking about dogs. However, there are some cats out there who enjoy being walked. If you have a young, bold kitty who loves to play and explore, it may be worth looking into. Ask your vet for advice.
All of us here at Moore Animal Hospital, your Fort Collins, CO animal clinic, wish you a wonderful new year. Contact us anytime!