Keeping Fido Fit

Did you know that over half of our canine pals are obese? Fido will still be cute if he’s a bit plump, but he’ll be much healthier if he stays at or near his ideal weight. Diet plays a huge role in this, of course, but your pet’s activity levels are also important. Here, a Matthews, NC vet discusses keeping your dog in shape.

Customized Fitness Routines

Doggy workouts are definitely not one-size-fits-all. Every pooch is unique, with their own specific needs. Fido’s exercise requirements will depend on his age, health, weight, breed, and, of course, personality. That said, most dogs need at least a daily walk. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.


Fido can make a great jogging buddy! Just be sure to consult your vet first. If you get the green light, start slow, to build your four-legged pal’s endurance up. Alternating walking and running is a good way to get your furry friend in shape without overexerting him.


Not all exercises are right for every dog. For instance, brachycephalic pups, like pugs, lose their breath easily, and can quickly overexert themselves. Large dogs, on the other hand, shouldn’t be encouraged to jump or stand on their back legs too much, especially when they are puppies. Ask your vet for advice.

Bouncy Dogs

Does your pup have more energy than you do? If you can’t keep up with your furry bundle of zoom, tire him out by making him run around while you stay still. Fetch is a great option for this. You can also hold an automated laser pointer for your dog to chase.

Trying New Things

There are several ways for Fido to get his workout in, aside from walks and playtime. Swimming can be great for dogs, when weather permits. You can also put up some obstacles in your yard and teach your furry pal some agility and endurance tricks. Other doggy ‘sports’ include dancing and skijoring.


Be careful not to overexert your canine buddy! When you and Fido are on the go, watch for signs of doggy fatigue, such as panting and trailing behind. If your dog seems tired, stop for a water break. Consider getting a doggy water bottle with an attached dispenser to take with you.

Please contact us, your Matthews, NC vet clinic, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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