January 2nd, 2014
We all need fresh air. During winter, it can be difficult to remember this because of the frigid weather. By shutting ourselves in, we are more prone to getting sick. We tend to think that because we don’t want to go out and face the cold, our pets must not either. Fresh air is vital to all living things, especially dogs. It is essential to give your dog fresh air, even in chilly temperatures.
For all bodies, fresh air purifies the blood, soothes the nerves, stimulates appetites, rids the body of impurities, is necessary for cell metabolism, and is essential for overall immunity.
Dogs are also just that…dogs! They need to dig, run, chew, chase things, and play outside! It can be easy to forget that your dog is an animal (after all, they are a part of your family) but it is important to remember they are in fact not people and they need plenty of fresh air. Dogs live through their noses and enjoy tracking different scents. They need many things to sniff out and explore. Also, they are not as wimpy as we are when it comes to the cold!
Here are a few ways to make sure Fido gets the fresh air he requires:
Crack a Window: If you really don’t have time in the morning to take your dog for a walk, after you let him outside to go to the bathroom, crack a window for a few minutes before you leave. When you go off to work, he will have some of that cool morning air to hang on to. Also, it would be a good idea to crack a window in the room that he sleeps for a few minutes before you go to sleep so that he can breathe with easy and he gets his zzz’s.
Walks: As a dog owner you must know how important walking your dog is, especially if you own an indoor dog. Since it is winter, you may not want to go for a long walk, instead do multiple short walks. If health and fitness are among your resolutions, take this to heart and go jogging with your pet. It is good for you and for your pooch!
Another idea is to ask a neighbor to occasionally take your dog outside. Some retired neighbors might really enjoy spending time with a cuddly friend.
Houseplants: Yes, houseplants. Indoor air is usually far more polluted than outdoor air, we we usually don’t think about. During the 1980’s, NASA and the Associated Landscapers of America studied houseplants as a way to purify air quality. They found a variety of plants which help filter out volatile organic compounds. Some of them include: Aloe vera, Gerber daisies, Golden pothos, Chrysanthemums, Spider plants, Azaleas, English Ivy, Chinese evergreens, Bamboo palms, and Peace lilies.
If your dog must stay inside, these plants can improve the air that they are breathing during the day.
This winter, don’t deny yourself or your furry friends the air they need to stay healthy!
Photo Credit: Flickr/Mark Watson (kalimistuk), HeffTech