Don't have a dog to walk? Borrow a neighbours.
Our resident vet - Dr Aish Ryan gives us tips for dog lovers who are dog-less.
Dog walking is such an enjoyable and healthy activity. It’s good for our fitness, mental wellbeing and also helps us to make new friends. Getting out and about is also great for dogs for all the same reasons. A dog that doesn’t get enough exercise is prone to boredom, digging, barking, destructiveness and obesity.
Sadly not everyone in our community is lucky enough to be able to have a dog. Their landlord won’t allow it or their work commitments make it difficult. Other people like busy parents and some elderly people just can’t walk their dog enough. So reach out to your neighbours and ask if they would like their dog walked. Even if you already have a dog you can always take another along to play with your pooch. It’s a win, win, win situation for you, your neighbour and the dog.
It is part of my ‘Pet Neighbours Connect’ idea. I’d love to see under-exercised dogs getting a little more stimulation. But even better, it would promote a closer community where we can all ask our neighbours to feed the cat whilst we are away for the weekend. In return you may be able to look after their chooks and collecting their eggs. My vision is to have a database of pet neighbours that want to connect. The database is work in progress, so in the mean time try the old fashioned way. Lean over the fence the next time you see your neighbour and just say hello.
Dr Aish Ryan is a veterinarian, pet owner and pet lover. She runs Vets at Home mobile veterinary clinic in Melbourne. She loves her job and making vet care easier for pets and their owners. Preventative care is a strong focus of her visits and house calls give her more time to get to know her patients and their owners. She combines western medicine with acupuncture, tui na massage, food therapy and lifestyle advice for optimum care.
Dr Aish shares her life with 3 fur babies, 1 dog and 2 cats. Her day doesn’t feel like it has started until her dog has been walked. At night she turns quietly on the bed so she doesn’t wake the cat. She thinks we can all learn a lot about the important things in life from our pets.
See Vets at Home for information on services provided by Dr Aish’s homevisit clinic.