Jogging With Fido

Do you enjoy jogging? This is a great way to stay in shape. If you have a dog, you may have the perfect running partner. Many dogs love running! Just be sure to put Fido’s safety first. Here, a London, ON vet discusses jogging with Fido.


Did you know that over half of our canine buddies are overweight or obese? Jogging can be a great way to help Fido stay in shape. If you have a super hyper pup, this will also give your furry buddy a way to burn off his excess energy. There are benefits for you as well. You may feel safer with your four-legged friend accompanying you. You might also find that a bouncy dog that is super excited to log some miles is a great motivator. Plus, it’s a good way to spend time with your pet, and perhaps explore some new terrain.

Doggy Fitness

Jogging isn’t safe or suitable for every dog. For instance, brachycephalic dogs, which are pooches with those cute scrunched-up faces, like pugs, lose their breath very easily, and should not be encouraged to run. Senior dogs, toy breeds, puppies, and nursing mamas are also not good candidates. Large breeds may also not be well-suited for jogging. Check with your vet before you take your furry friend for a run.


Start building your dog’s endurance slowly. At first, alternate walking and running. You’ll also want to keep a close eye on Fido. Be careful not to overexert him! If your canine friend is panting heavily and/or lagging behind, take a water break and let him recover.


Make sure Fido is microchipped, wearing ID tags, and current on his vaccinations and parasite control. Better safe than sorry!


Make sure to always bring plenty of water along, enough for both you and your four-legged buddy. You may want to get Fido a doggy water bottle with an attached bowl. These are great for when you are on the go!


Dogs can get painful paw burns by walking or running on hot or harsh surfaces. When you and your pet are jogging, keep an eye on the terrain, and go around broken glass and other hazards. We also recommend keeping Fido’s claws trimmed, and using paw balm to protect his furry feet.

Please contact us, your London, ON pet clinic, anytime. We are here to help!

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