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As the semester rolls on and tests pile up many students begin changing their daily routine to one that is more study-friendly and, unfortunately, usually more deskbound.
What most students do not realize is that while your dog lies next to you on the couch day after day, it is being robbed of physical activity that is vital to their health.
Multiple studies have shown that dogs that exercise have improved bone health and organ and lung function.
It makes them look better, feel better, and they are less nervous when left alone.
“Exercise is good for maintaining general health, and it helps keep your heart, muscles, and joints strong. It also helps with maintaining weight and their coordination,” said Dr. Jacqueline Davidson, clinical track professor at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.
Studies also show that dogs lacking exercise usually have poor muscle tone and are more prone to injury, brain ailments, and bone disorders.
They are also more susceptible to developing emotional problems and behavior quirks.
“Dogs that don’t exercise are usually overweight, have less dexterity, and their heart and joints aren’t as vigorous,” Davidson said.
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