Your Pet’s RXercise to Fun and Fitness

October 22nd, 2013 | By Marjie No Comments

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Is your dog one of the 30-50% of American dogs that is obese (statistic from a recent study)?  Even more concerning is the fact that 1/3 of their owners do not realize it is a problem!  But now, the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association (GVMA) and Georgia State Parks offer the new Pets RXercise program.

Here’s how it works:
Vets give canine patients a ‘prescription’ to visit one of Georgia’s 40+ state parks.  You and your family redeem the prescription for free parking (normally $5).  Then, with free park admission and free hiking, this means that you, your family, and your dog can enjoy a great walk in Georgia’s parks with no cost, but all the benefits of beauty, family time, and fitness!

Here’s what you need to know before you take Spot to Georgia’s State Parks:

  • Dogs must be leashed in most areas and are not allowed on bike or horse trails.
  • You must clean up after your dog.
  • Start slowly, on level ground, especially if you and your dog haven’t had much exercise.
  • Breeds like bulldogs and pugs may not be able to exercise as strenuously as other breeds.
  • Give yourself and your dog water breaks!
  • Dress yourself and your pooch appropriately for the weather.
  • Be sure your pet has a current tag and ID.
  • Have your vet’s contact info handy.

You can find walking trails at www.georgiastateparks.org/petsrxercise, so go get your Rx for fun and fitness and enjoy our beautiful state parks with your four-legged family members!

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