Here’s What You Said: How do you keep your pets fit and healthy?

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Pets can improve our health — lowering our blood pressure, providing unconditional love and forcing us to get out and get moving. But turn about is fair play. How do we keep our pets fit and healthy? That’s the question we posed to you in our April newsletter.

Many of you mentioned walking your pets, making sure they stay active. Kathy, for instance, hits the pavement with her dog twice a day.

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Keith’s exercise buddies.

Haley also includes walking on her pet-healthy agenda, but also goes to the dog park for some free play and includes backyard Frisbee in her dog’s fun time.
Jeanette, who says her dog is the love of her life and the beginning and end of her smile, says he is a certified therapy dog and a military working dog. He has allergies, so she makes sure he has grain-free foods to keep him in top shape.

Barrett reports, “My small dog [50 lbs.] is an avid disc golf dog. She is a Border Collie/ Lab mix (we think), and it is her job to find the discs we throw.
She plays about a course a weekend, and gets catches with her disc for about 18 holes (usually about a mile).”


And then there’s mushing. Keith and his dogs have been hitting the snow
trails for seven years and have put in over 3,000 miles. In the winter
they use a dog sled and in the warmer months, a dog scooter.
“I don’t race them, and never will,” he says. “It’s just for pleasure,
no stress!”
To keep them in shape for mushing, he feeds them high quality food and
gives them glucosamine/chondroitin supplements. Last year they had 184
inches of snow in his area and he bought a snowmobile to break trails so
they could run. This year? Hardly any snow to speak of. Tongue in
cheek, he asks, “Want to buy a snowmobile? Cheap?”

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And then there’s mushing. Keith and his dogs have been hitting the snow trails for seven years and have put in over 3000 miles. In the winter they use a dog sled and in the warmer months, a dog scooter. “I don’t race them, and never will,” he says. “It’s just for pleasure, no stress!” To keep them in shape for mushing, he feeds them high quality food and gives them glucosamine/chondroitin supplements. Last year they had 184 inches of snow in his area and he bought a snowmobile to break trails so they could run. This year? Hardly any snow to speak of. Tongue in cheek, he asks, “Want to buy a snowmobile? Cheap?”

Keep on moving and keep on responding to our newsletter query. We love hearing from you.

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