As your pet grows older, he or she may develop a range of diseases and conditions associated with aging, such as obesity, diabetes, arthritis and kidney disease. Despite the health problems often ...View Article
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Your pets need to be active to keep their minds busy and bodies strong. Different kinds of pets will need different kinds of exercise. Even different breeds will require different types of exercise and levels of activity.
Dogs of all sizes and ages need to exercise! If your dog is unruly, barking nonstop, digging, misbehaving or acting destructively, then you may not be exercising him enough. Try challenging your dog with training sessions and take plenty of walks. Consider taking your dog to the nearest dog park if your dog gets along with others well.
Some dog breeds have been bred to herd while others are hunters, workers or swimmers. Knowing your dog and what drives him will help you find the activities that are right for him. Though puppies often need large amounts of high-energy activity, geriatric dogs will also need exercise to help them continue to stay active and happy (although, exercise for older pets should typically be much calmer and low-impact).
Unlike dogs, most cats can’t simply be attached to a leash and led for a walk. Yet, your cat may need more exercise than the limited space in your home provides. You should spend 10-15 minutes a few times a day to play with your cat and engage her in activity. This is even more important if your cat is older or overweight, although it may be slightly harder to get your cat’s attention and your activities may be shorter in duration.
Did you know you can exercise your bird? Birds fly hundreds of miles a day in the wild, but their ability to exercise freely is limited in captivity. Your bird will be more happy and healthy if you keep him active.
If you need help assessing your pet’s exercise needs or want ideas about appropriate activities to keep your pet moving, call us today! We can look at your pet’s weight, talk about nutrition and help you consider activity level by breed and animal type. We want to help you give your pets the happy and healthy lives they deserve.