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The Benefits of Keeping Your Pet Active

Happy running dog, Kimber, shared by Erin L.

Exercise has its many benefits as we are all well aware, and the same holds true for our pets. Not only does it break up the monotony of the day, but it also has wonderful effects on one’s health. Here are just a few reasons to get your dog, cat, puppy, or kitten up and moving.

Boredom. Pets get bored too, and getting them moving can take their mind off of a long day of naps. Whether you get outside for a walk or hike, or stay inside and throw a toy, your pet will appreciate the entertainment.

Health. Engaging in regular activities will help keep your pet at a healthy weight which in turn will help prevent many weight-related health issues.

Destruction. Some pets naturally have a higher drive for activity and when their needs go unfulfilled, they may find other ways to release their energy. As we say here in the Trupanion office, “a tired pet is a happy pet,” so prevent shoe-chewing and house plant-dismantling by wearing out your pet with more desirable activities.

Cat Playing

Bonding. Throwing a ball, playing tug-o-war or getting your pet to chase you around the house not only help with the above mentioned benefits, but these activities also provide a chance for you and your pet to bond in a different way. Your already-strong relationship will only benefit from the fun play time.

It’s good for you too! Getting up and moving around with your pet will also benefit your own health with the added exercise, so make it a part of your daily routine to get active with your pet!

Remember, all pets benefit from exercise. Whether your pet is skinny, fat, young or old, he will enjoy activities that suit his lifestyle. Just be sure not to overdo it and consider asking your veterinarian before engaging in any strenuous activities or long runs for the first time.

About Stacy @Trupanion

Stacy Kowalchuk is a dog mom to her rescued Whippet-mix, Ellie. During the week, you can find Stacy surfing (the internet, that is) and managing Trupanion's presence in the social media world. In her free time, Stacy likes to bake, especially cupcakes! To balance her culinary affinity, she also likes to stay active, especially with activities that include her dog such as hiking and going to dog parks.

One Response to The Benefits of Keeping Your Pet Active

  1. Hairless Cat says:

    Hi Stacy,

    We don’t let our cats outside unless we sit with them on the deck. I don’t bring them out in the Winter though. Good time of year to bring up this topic since most cats will be spending the Winter inside.

    Our cats get bored and it’s easy to tell when they are. I play with them several times a day using a variety of toys and games. It helps relieve boredom and gives them a much needed cardiovascular work out. Helps with muscle tone and flexibility too.

    We all have a good time doing it – a bit of family activity.

    I also sit and talk with them while I pet them. They really appreciate the attention and it definitely helps with bonding.

    =^-^= Hairless Cat Girl =^-^=

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