A Healthy Dog is a Happy Dog:
How Treadmills for Dogs can Turn Your Pet’s Health Around
Most people know the health risks associated with being overweight–heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes, among others. You probably also know that doctors recommend getting at least thirty to forty-five minutes of exercise a day.
The above is true for humans, and it should come as no surprise that our favorite four-legged companions share a similar need; dogs need brisk exercise every day, and just like with humans, dogs that are overweight are more likely to develop health problems, sustain injury, and suffer a decreased quality of life.
For most dogs, a walk around the block or a quick romp in the backyard just isn’t enough. Fortunately, there is another option for dog owners who are concerned about their pets’ inactivity.
Treadmills for Dogs
Dog treadmills serve the same purpose that human treadmills do for us; they allow your pet to exercise with ease and convenience in the comfort of the home. Treadmills for dogs come in different sizes to accommodate dogs with different weights, sizes, and builds. They are built to accommodate a dog’s unique physical and mental needs. They make it easy for dogs to use and easy for owners to control the conditions of the workout.
Treadmills for dogs offer undeniable benefits, both to pets and their owners. But the most important of these is the potential to bring your dog back to (and keep him at) his natural, healthy state.
Your dog needs regular exercise, and if he’s not getting it, he may be at risk for many health problems associated with being overweight: joint pain, heat and exercise intolerance, general malaise, and more serious problems such as difficulty breathing, diabetes, liver failure, increased cancer risk, and premature death.
The best way to prevent against these painful and costly health problems is with regular exercise, and treadmills for dogs are arguably the best and easiest way to ensure that your dog gets the exercise he needs, when he needs it. It’s easy and convenient to walk your dog on a treadmill, and the regular exercise will strengthen his heart while building muscle and increasing stamina.
If you’re still skeptical, consider that many veterinarians use treadmills for dogs as a physical rehabilitation tool for dogs recovering from surgery or other medical procedures. They’re the perfect tool for providing a safe and controlled environment for exercise. They can help speed up the recovery process, and are often used to encourage dogs to start using a non weight-bearing leg after an injury or surgery.
Dogs with hip dysplasia, especially, can benefit from this type of exercise. Treadmills for dogs actually reduce strain on the hip joints by passively extending the hip as the belt moves backwards and “pulls” the dog’s leg back. This results in fewer active extensions during your dog’s stride; the dog gains the cardiovascular and muscular advantages of a normal walk, while reducing hip strain. Animals that exercise on treadmills for dogs will also delay the onset and progression of arthritis and other joint problems.
The Most Popular Treadmills For Dogs
There are many models and brands of treadmills for dogs available, and they all have their benefits and disadvantages. Of course the key driver for determining which is the best treadmill for your dog will be the size of the treadmill. There are models specifically designed for small, medium and large dogs.
They range in price dependent upon quality and features, however what we have found is that like most things in life, you get what you pay for! Remember you are investing in the health of your dog, so it is worth investing in a quality unit that will last a lifetime.
We have highlighted the most popular models below to assist you:
Features: For Dogs Up to 30 Pounds Running Area: 29" L x 14" W Assembled Size: 44" L ;x 21" H;x 20" W Compact space saving Design Non-slip Belt Too Low to Display When we designed dogPACERTM we did not compromise, we set out to design the best dog treadmill ever built and we succeeded. See what the whole dog $473.00 DogTread by PetZen. Exercise anytime, anywhere, any weather. Establish a Regular Exercise Routine for your Best Friend. Treadmill training can give a $523.99 This quality pet exercise machine gives owners with yard, weather or time restrictions a way to exercise their pets. Also provides a safe, dry, $551.44 Total Pet HealthTM Treadmills are great for exercising or rehabilitating pets. Fully programmable treadmills give pets a safe, secure surface to walk $949.95
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Total Pet Health Treadmill, 30-Pound
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Total Pet Health Exercising Dog Treadmill
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Features: For Dogs Up to 30 Pounds Running Area: 29" L x 14" W Assembled Size: 44" L ;x 21" H;x 20" W Compact space saving Design Non-slip Belt
Too Low to Displayused from: 399.00
When we designed dogPACERTM we did not compromise, we set out to design the best dog treadmill ever built and we succeeded. See what the whole dog
$473.00used from: $399.00
DogTread by PetZen. Exercise anytime, anywhere, any weather. Establish a Regular Exercise Routine for your Best Friend. Treadmill training can give a
$523.99used from: $399.00
This quality pet exercise machine gives owners with yard, weather or time restrictions a way to exercise their pets. Also provides a safe, dry,
$551.44used from: $399.00
Total Pet HealthTM Treadmills are great for exercising or rehabilitating pets. Fully programmable treadmills give pets a safe, secure surface to walk
$949.95used from: $399.00
Remember, a healthy dog is a happy dog!