January 19, 2012

Wednesday Wellness: Proper Recovery for the Active Dog

After last Wednesdays discussion on getting motivated to live actively with your dog, its probably safe to assume your dog is either at the door dying to get her energy fix for the day, or hiding under the table because you gave going to the park a whole new scary meaning.

Whatever the case, every dog will be pleased to know that todays post is all about how to reward these motivated workout partners. Just like us, our dogs wake up sore. They go through a lot of unpleasant muscle and joint pains as they get used to higher activity. Recovery time is just as important as proper activity.

Our canine friends generally average between 14 to 18 hours of sleep per day. You can rest assured your pet is getting plenty of sleep. Providing the most comfortable sleeping arrangements is the only support we can offer. Make sure your dog isnt spending more time rearranging then hitting his rem cycle. If he could use some improved comfort, check out some of our unique dog beds or some memory foam dog mattresses if you really want to do some pampering.

Also, Proper nutrition often gets overlooked with active dogs. When you get a good burn at the gym, it seems counter-productive to respond with empty calorie loaded burgers and French fries. Your dogs body responds the same way. That's why it is important to provide them with nutrient rich meals to replenish tired muscles and joints. If the first few ingredients arent things like protein sources, brown rice, and vegetables/fruits, (things you would eat) then it probably has no business in your dogs body. Also watch out for foods with too many fillers like corn or preservatives.

If your friend is in her golden years or seems like she could use a boost, include some supplements in her daily diet. There are a variety of multi-vitamins or specific joint health tablets that may do the trick.

Not too many dogs out there turn their nose up to a good rub down. It can also be an effective way to relax sore muscles after a long day. While you are enjoying some down time, pull up a chair next to your loyal companion and offer some quality petting time. Instead of a quick behind the ear rub, focus on massaging the shoulders and joints.

Taking care of your dogs body while he is active will pay off with a smooth transition into older age. Observe his behaviors and comfort to maintain a healthy balance between exercise and recovery.

Photo Courtesy of pmarkham.

Submitted by Lee.

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