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What to Avoid During Your Dog’s Exercise

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over exercise dogs albuquerque

Exercise is good! Does this mean all exercise is good? No.

Here are advantages of exercise for your dog:

  • Fewer behavioural issues, such as anxiety.
  • Improved digestion
  • Improved overall health
  • Happiness
  • Weight control

What to avoid with exercising your dog:

  • Make sure you are taking into account things like breed, age and physical abilities. Example, Labs often like to swim. Does this mean that Pugs like to swim? No it does not.
  • Exercising too long. Your dog might be able to have 20 minutes of exercise but maybe not 45 minutes. Make sure you are not over exercising them.
  • Exercising different dogs together: If you have a German Shepherd and a Pug exercising together, you cannot assume that the pug can run as long as the shepherd. Tailor the exercise for the dog.

Signs of over exercise:

  • Sore or sensitive pads.
  • Extended fatigue.
  • Limping.

If you are concerned you over-exercised your dog, bring them into your Albuquerque veterinarian right away.

 

Biggest Health Threat To Your Dog

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overweight dog albuquerqueYour dog is at risk!

There is a 53% chance your dog will be afflicted.

It is slowly killing pets every day.

It is an epidemic.

It is obesity.

Obesity in your dog can cause:

  • Hormonal diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Hypertension
  • ACL tears
  • Heart dieseas
  • Tumors
  • Overweight dogs are more prone to injury.

Most dog owners don’t see their dog’s as being fat. This is because most of us don’t recognize what our dog’s weight should be or should look like. Please consult your vet about your pet’s weight. They will get you on the proper diet and exercise plan to keep your dog in shape.

Did you know that your pet can gain weight after being spayed or neutered? This is because of changes in their hormones. You may need to adjust their diet and exercise after the surgery.

Keeping your dog in a healthy weight range not only helps them live a better quality of life but can help them live on average 2 years longer than overweight dogs.

The best way to determine if your dog is overweight is to bring them to your Albuquerque vet for an annual exam.

 

What You Should Know About Papillon’s

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veterinarian papillon albuquerquePapillon are  popular speciality breed dog. They are popular because they are cute little toy dogs with fluffy coats and adorable little faces.

They weigh 7-10 pounds and can live up to 20 years.

Did you know that the word papillon means butterfly in French? Likely because of their wing-like ears and their spunky and fun personality, Papillon’s are great dogs.

 

How Friendly Are They? Incredibly! They are smart and easy to train, but they are also gentle and patient. They make great indoor dogs but are known for being a little difficult to house train.

Papillons are not known for a lot of barking and are good with cats and kids. But like any dog, they need exercise and can become aggressive if they have too much pent up energy.

Exercise Needs:

These cute little dogs have lots of energy. They need people to play with them, and taking them out of the house for a run around the park or yard is highly encouraged.

 

Grooming Needs:

They don’t have undercoats, which makes Papillon’s easy to groom. Their coat shed an average amount but their coat doesn’t typically mat or tangle. Regular brushing will take care of any shedding issues.

Just like any dog, you will need to brush their teeth regularly. This breed is prone to tartar build up which can lead to gum disease and tooth loss. Make sure to bring them into Albuquerque Vetco for their annual dental cleaning.

 

Health Problems:

These cute dogs are generally pretty healthy. But like any dog they have a few health concerns to be aware of:

  • Luxated patella (kneecap problems, generally on the hind legs)
  • Anesthesia sensitivity
  • Fontanel (soft spot or opening on the top of the skull)
  • Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) – Testing for PRA is available for papillons. The gene mutation for the condition was discovered by researchers at Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine (PDF). If you plan to obtain a papillon from a breeder, ask if this test has been performed on your potential pet or the parents. We do not offer testing at our clinic.

Once you get your Papillon, make sure to bring them into the clinic for a checkup, their annual vaccines and their microchip. You can speak to our vets about any dietary needs and health concerns you may have.

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