To make a dog’s life better, university veterinarian says add exercise to canine’s daily routine

Humans aren’t the only ones who can benefit from daily exercise. A Kansas State University veterinarian says dogs need it, too.

“Dogs should get exercise at least twice a day, generally around 15 to 20 minutes each session for small dogs and 30 to 40 minutes or more for large dogs,” said Susan Nelson, clinical associate professor at the university’s Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, a part of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

However, how long and the type of exercise depend on the type of dog, its age and its health, Nelson said. Walking is good for short-legged or arthritic dogs, while running is good for dogs that are bigger and are in good shape.

Read the rest of Nelson’s advice about canine exercise at http://www.k-state.edu/media/newsreleases/apr12/exercisedog41712.html.

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