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Get Fit with Fido
Dog Jog is a Fun Way to Exercise with Pets

An upcoming race at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine will offer a unique twist on the usual 5K: a chance to run with your dog.

The Dog Jog, sponsored by the College’s Pre-Vet Club and Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association, will feature a 5K run and a 2.5K walk. It will be held April 5 at the College, 1600 E. Rollins Road. All proceeds benefit the Central Missouri Humane Society.

A pooch is not required to participate, though SCAVMA representative Alicia Tutino encourages people to bring their dogs.

“I know personally for my dog and I, I feel like we form a strong bond while running with each other; we both are tuned into what the other is doing while just simply enjoying our environment,” she said. “Running or walking with your pet is also a great way to get some physical exercise.”

Owners who wish to bring their dogs, but wonder whether they’ll be up to the task of running, should gauge their pets’ activity level and any health conditions, such as being overweight or having heart problems, said Deborah M. Fine, DVM, MS, associate professor of veterinary cardiology.

“I would say that almost all dogs less than 5 years of age that are overtly healthy to the owner are probably healthy enough to run a 5K,” she said. “Whether they are ‘willing’ to run a 5K is another story!”

While their owners might wish to train before the event, second-year surgical resident Ryan McCally, DVM, said active, healthy dogs probably wouldn’t need to do any extra running in advance.

“I think most healthy dogs would be able to handle that,” he said. “But they’ll let you know if they’re uncomfortable with the pace.”

Owners of dogs that are normally sedentary or have arthritis should plan on walking, McCally said.

All dogs must be on a 4-foot leash.

Human participants will receive a free T-shirt and raffle tickets for a chance to win gift certificates and gift baskets. Their canine companions will receive a goody bag with treats and toys.

The cost of registration is $15 by March 20 and $25 after that date.

For more information or to register, go to cvm.missouri.edu/dogjog/.



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