Check out this awesome article on Canine Power Walking brought to you by VetStreet. Let me know if you power walk with your best friend. Send your personal story to share with everyone.
This article is from one of my favorite blogs, All Things Dog Blog. Let me know how you keep your dog cool during the hot summer days.
“Kathy has been walking my dogs, Tauna and Jazzi for several months and she is awesome. She is caring and loving with my dogs like they are her own, and the way they respond to her lets me know that she is doing a great job. They go nuts when she comes in the door for their walk and they fight for her attention. Praise to you for helping me to wear out my dogs for the day!” — Tatiana H. – Overland Park, KS
Walking the Dog Benefits You, Too
Daily outings help control your blood pressure and weight, experts say.
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THURSDAY, June 9 (HealthDay News) — Taking your dog for a walk is good for both of you.
Walking helps control blood pressure and weight, according to the Society for Vascular Surgery.
“The need to provide daily walks for a dog is great for dog owners as well,” vascular surgeon Dr. Leila Mureebe said in a society news release. “Exercise is good for the body’s blood supply, for maintaining proper body weight and for controlling blood pressure.”
A recent U.S. National Institutes of Health-funded study of 2,000 adults found that those who regularly walked their dogs were more physically active and less likely to be obese than those who didn’t walk dogs.
“A brisk 30-minute walk with your dog is good for both of you,” Mureebe said.
During the summer, it’s best to walk in the early morning or evening, to limit sun exposure and reduce the risk of heat stroke for both you and your dog.
Dogs can offer other health benefits. For example, studies have found that petting a dog reduces people’s blood pressure and heart rate, the Society for Vascular Surgery said.
About 77.5 million dogs live in 39 percent of U.S. households, according to the Humane Society of the United States.
The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute offers a guide to physical activity.
– Robert Preidt
SOURCE: Society for Vascular Surgery, news release, June 6, 2011
Last Updated: June 09, 2011
Copyright © 2011 HealthDay. All rights reserved.
Pets are part of the family. Is your furry friend always there for you?
According to Purina of New Zealand, any dedicated pet owner knows their animals arenʼt just four-legged creatures that happen to live under the same roof. Pets enrich our lives immeasurably as they become our family, our friends and our biggest fans – and Purina is inviting New Zealanders to share their stories.
Research* shows pet owners are healthier and happier than non pet-owners. For example, they generally have lower blood pressure, they recover faster from illnesses, and they have more robust immune systems. Regular dog-walking improves fitness, as well as social interaction with fellow dog-owners.
Not only this, but pets provide us with a sense of emotional well being and an unconditional acceptance of who we are. Their faithful companionship eases the stress of everyday life, and helps people recover from emotional trauma. Pets are always there for us when we need them! Itʼs a two-way street, though. Pets are reliant on us as well, to feed them, love them, and care for them as best we can. Enter Purina, whose expert nutritionists, food scientists, vets, and animal behaviourists are continuously discovering new ways to help pets lead healthier, happier, longer lives.
How is your pet part of your family? We’d love to here your pet stories.
You’ll find out what you can do to protect dogs from the dangers of hot cars. You can find out how quickly cars heat up in warm weather, whether it’s too hot to take your dog along for the day, and how to get the word out that it’s just not cool to leave a dog in a hot car, even for just a minute of time. Let me know what you think.
I really liked this article on the health benefits of walking your dog. Let me know what you think.
“Pet theft is a nationwide crisis, and a pet parent’s worst nightmare,” said John D’Ariano, President of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters. “While the circumstances are tragic and heartbreaking, NAPPS remains hopeful that thefts can be minimized with increased awareness and safety measures.”
One of the most effective measures a pet parent can take in increasing the chances of a happy reunion is to have their pet microchipped. A microchip is a tiny transponder that uses radio frequency waves to transmit information about the pet. Should a lost or stolen pet arrive at a shelter, the presence of a microchip will ensure that the pet’s family is contacted immediately.
NAPPS has prepared the following prevention tactics and steps to follow in the event of a lost or stolen pet:
* Never leave your pet unattended in a yard, public area or car.
* When placing your pet in the care of a friend or family member, always make sure they are aware of safety precautions for your pet.
* In addition to an implanted microchip, ensure your pet always wears proper identification.
* Always maintain an accurate identification file for your pet, including a detailed description and several photos.
* If you believe your pet is stolen, call or visit your local animal shelter and government agency immediately, and continue contacting these organizations daily.
* Search everywhere. Explore any potential hiding spots, and check with all family members.
* File a police report with your local law enforcement agency. If there has been a string of pet thefts in your region, this information will assist in fully investigating the crimes.
* Canvas the neighborhood. Distribute flyers with your pet’s photo, talk with neighbors, and ask delivery individuals if they have seen your pet or spotted any unusual activity. Call your pet’s name over and over.
* Create and post signs with a clear photo of your pet and detailed descriptions.
* Register your pet with Amber Alert For Pets, a nationwide network of pet parents committed to seeing lost pets safely returned home.