When we turn back the clocks, it can be tempting to turn down the outdoor time with our pets. Shorter days and cooler weather make being outdoors less appealing. But, cutting back on outdoor exercise time can be a problem for our pets – especially for high-energy dogs in need of lots of active play.
Now that the children are back in school, has the family dog started chewing on furniture, barking excessively, or messing in the house?
The medical community has long stated that owning a pet will reduce stress in your life. That comes as no surprise to us! Just last week, the American Heart association came out with a report stating that pet owners actually live longer than non pet owners!
With the holidays behind us and the winter doldrums in full swing, many of us are seeing an unwelcome jump on the bathroom scale. For our pets, even a pound of two of weight gain can be a real health hazard.
Studies have shown that a lean dog will live an average of 2.5 years longer than an obese dog, in part, because they are less likely to develop the medical conditions which come with excess weight. The same applies to cats.