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Posted on 03-19-2018

The Importance of Walking Your Dog Every Day- Advice from our Columbus Veterinarian

At Hamilton Road Animal Hospital, our Columbus encourages all dog owners to make sure their pets are getting their needed exercise with daily walks. While the weather may be a little chilly, it's just as important to make sure your dog is getting plenty of exercise during the colder months as it is during the warmer months of the year. Taking your dog for daily walks is a great way to make sure both you and your dog are getting enough exercise.

dog with leash on floor in front of him waiting to go on a dog walk in Columbus

Benefits of Walking Your Dog

Taking your dog on regular walks has a number of benefits for both you and your pet. For starters, routine walks can help to keep your dog at a healthy weight. Walking is also great for keeping your dog active and preventing lethargy. And of course, taking your dog for a walk is a great bonding opportunity for both you and your dog.

What about you? By taking your dog on a daily walk, you'll also be getting more exercise. Even a 30-minute walk can burn about 200 calories and can boost your mood and energy levels.

Tips for Walking Your Dog

Looking to take your dog for more walks? We've got some tips to make the experience as enjoyable as possible. For starters, make sure your dog has a quality leash (not a retractable one) and collar. Be sure that your pet's collar has tags with identification and contact information, just in case your dog slips loose on a walk. Also, if you're walking your dog in the cold, make sure the ground isn't too cold for your pet's paws. If it's too cold outside for you, it's probably too cold for your dog as well.

Schedule an Appointment with Our Columbus Vet

In addition to taking your dog on regular walks, bringing your dog in for routine preventative care with our Columbus veterinarian is a great way to care for your dog's health. Schedule an appointment with Hamilton Road Animal Hospital by calling us at (614) 239-0027 today!

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