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.
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.