Get Your Child Moving: Get a Dog

As we approach winter, the days are getting shorter and colder, and soon there will be less time for children to be active outdoors. While it is a well-known fact that children and young people should aim to be active for at least an hour each day to make sure they keep their hearts, bodies and minds healthy, doing so can be difficult in the dead of winter. A British study shows that families with a dog tend to be more active, rain or shine, and help in the fight against childhood obesity. The results, published in the American Journal of Public Health, showed that the children with dogs in… Read More Continue Reading

Growing Old – Staying Healthy

He’s been your loving companion for a long time. He’s still by your side, but he’s not as frolicsome or attentive as he once was. It’s inevitable – your beloved pet is growing old. His needs are changing, and he will depend on you more than ever to keep him healthy and comfortable. Just like in elderly people, older dogs need proper nutrition, regular checkups, strength training, and fitness to maintain muscles critical to metabolism. It is important to start maintaining fitness early in the aging process, because lifelong endurance training in pets and people ensures improved metabolism in elderly individuals.  Good nutrition is essential, and in order to maintain… Read More Continue Reading