Summer is here and the weather is getting nicer – no more excuses to not take the dog outside for some exercise!  Remember a healthy pet is a happy pet (and also means less vet bills and other expenses), plus it’s just as good for you as it is for them!

However if you’re tired of the typical walk around the block, here are some alternatives to those walks and ways to intensify those work-outs.

Ways to exercise with your dog:

  • Find a local walk-a-thon and see if they allow pets.  There’s usually a race that goes by our house and we see people with dogs and strollers!
  • Woof Report recently came out with some great tips for fun games to make you exercise as you play with your dog!  Check out the article here.
  • Dog Sports is a great way for you and your dog to stimulate mind and body AND be social! Some of the most popular dog sports are agility, disc dogs, flyball, and dock diving (you’ll NEVER see me do this.. ick Water!!).  A lot of these activities often require the owner to do running and jumping as well – they gotta keep up with us dogs!  Mom and I are currently learning flyball, it’s super fun, I love balls, I love to run!  Check out a list of dog sports here!
  • Join a local group that does dog walking – sometimes you just want to walk and talk! Check out Society Dog as an example of a local dog walking group.
  • One of the latest new trends is signing up to exercise WITH your pet!  Both of these are in LA, but apparently you can get certified, and I believe there are some videos out there as well! – Thank Dog Boot Camp and Bow Wow Workout.

Whatever you do this summer to exercise with your pet, always remember to BRING WATER!!  Exercising in the early hours or evening hours is often best since it’s the coolest part of the day.  Us dogs and cats can get overheated very quickly, so just watch out for excessive panting and lethargy.

When all else fails, look for programs that might be able to help you pay for your bills.  The following list is from our website –

Financial Assistance Programs for Veterinary Bills

  • American Animal Hospital Association
    Helps those in need access quality veterinary care for their sick or injured pets. We raise funds and award grants supporting veterinary care for pets that have been abandoned or whose owners are experiencing financial hardship.
  • Angels 4 Animals
    Angels 4 Animals, a guardian angel of animals whose caretakers find themselves in difficult financial situations. Our services range from financial aid to complete treatment to those pets in need.
  • Care Credit
    A credit card company for health care, including veterinary care.
  • In Memory of Magic (IMOM), Inc
    Phone (866) 230-2164, Fax (301) 599-1852 Helping people help pets. To better the lives of sick, injured and abused companion animals. We are dedicated to insure that no companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker is financially challenged.
  • The Pet Fund
    A registered 501(c)3 nonprofit association that provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need urgent veterinary care. The purpose of the Pet Fund is to work towards a future where decisions about companion animal medical care need never be made on the basis of cost.
  • Piggers’ Pals
    A nonprofit organization designed to assist families in need seek specialty level care for their pets. The foundation will accept applications from individuals or families that require financial assistance to provide advanced medical and/or surgical veterinary care that will extend both quantity and quality of life for their pets that would otherwise not be available to them.
  • Shakespeare Animal Fund Shakespeare Animal Fund
    This organization was founded after the loss of a beloved Cocker Spaniel “Shakespeare”. He died after a very costly illness, and in his memory this fund was founded to help others who might face financial problems while trying to save their pet.
  • United Animal Nations
    Telephone: (916) 429 2457, Fax: (916) 429 2456 The mission of LifeLine Rescue and LifeLine Individual Grants is to help homeless or recently rescued animals suffering from life-threatening conditions that require specific and immediate emergency veterinary care. We strive to serve Good Samaritans who take in sick or injured animals.
  • Handicapped Pets
    Handicapped Help Fund From time to time, recognizes a caretaker of handicapped pets that need some special attention, and a little extra help. There are those who are so selflessly dedicated to their animal families that they give up a little more than they can afford. This special fund is used to provide support to those people.
  • Feline Veterinary Assistance Program (FVEAP)
    Fax: 888-301-4264 Seniors, People with disabilities, People who have lost their job, Good Samaritans who rescue a cat or kitten – any of these folks may need financial assistance to save a beloved companion.
  • Cats in Crisis/Chronic Disease
  • Cats in Crisis Mesa Fund/Kidney Disease
  • Cats in Crisis Stripes Fund/Heart and Thyroid Disease
  • Cats in Crisis Gillie Fund, Neurological condition-Mobility impairment
  • Cats in Crisis Nine Lives Emergency Fund
  • Feline Outreach/Diabetes
  • FVEAP/Vaccine Associated Sarcoma

This is part 3 of a 3 part series, to go to part 1 or 2 click the links below:

How to Prepare for Pet Costs pt. 1 of 3

How to Prepare for Pet Costs pt. 2 of 3