Keeping Fido Fit

October 12th is Pet Obesity Awareness Day! This is a pretty important topic for us. Many of our furry patients are overweight or obese. In fact, a 2018 study showed that over half of our canine companions are overweight. Those extra pounds can be very detrimental to Fido’s health. Your dog will be much healthier if he stays at or near his ideal weight. A Frisco, TX vet offers some advice on keeping Fido in shape below .


Even if Fido has a yard to patrol, he’ll benefit from being walked once or twice a day. Those daily strolls are crucial to your four-legged friend’s health and well-being. (They’re good for you, too!)


Playing is a great doggy workout! Our canine pals can burn lots of calories in even a short play session. Take time to toss a ball or stick for your furry friend regularly. If Fido has more energy than you do, try standing at the top of a hill when you play Fetch.


Treats are very beneficial in several ways. They’re great training aids, and can really help forge and maintain that special bond between you and your canine pal. However, it’s easy to go overboard here. Keep treats to about 5 percent of Fido’s daily caloric intake. You may need to steel yourself a bit. Man’s Best Friend is very, very good at getting us to fork over yummy snacks. Don’t fall for that sad look!


Swimming can also be a great workout, though it isn’t right for every dog. If Fido enjoys the water, then by all means indulge him. Just put your pup’s safety first. Never leave your furry friend near the water unattended, even for a minute.

Customized Workout

Our four-legged friends all have their own unique workout needs. Jogging may be great for some pups, but it isn’t safe for others. Many dogs also shouldn’t be encouraged to jump or stand on their hind legs. Ask your vet for specific advice.


No matter what kind of activity you and Fido are up to, you’ll need to be careful not to overexert him. If your canine buddy is panting heavily or starting to lag behind, stop for a water break, and then take him in and let him recharge.

Do you have questions about your pet’s diet? Contact us, your local Frisco, TX veterinary hospital, today!

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