The importance of regular exercise for your furry buddy
Updated: Oct 9, 2020
Everyone always talks about the importance of personal health by eating right and exercising, but what are you doing to keep your pets healthy? Regularly exercising your pet is just as important as exercise for you. Health benefits range widely, but include helping hip joints, reducing digestive problems, and keeping your dog and cat at a healthy weight, which decreases the likelihood of developing other health problems.
Exercise also helps control behavioral problems. Pets that are not given outlets for energy may develop destructive habits like chewing, scratching, or digging, be hyperactive, jump on people or start raiding your garbage bins. By doing daily activities with your pet you can prevent these behaviors from starting and keep your home a happier one.
Breed – Certain types of breeds such as one with brachycephalic (short noses) like Boston Terriers, Pugs, and Shar Pei’s can have some difficulties breathing and may have a harder time with the heat, so may not be able to handle vigorous exercise.
Age – Really young dogs, while they have lots of energy, are still growing so exercise like sustained running may be bad for their bones. Senior dogs, on the other hand, may need to start taking things slower and may not be able to handle activities like long jogs or hikes.
Size – If your dog is currently overweight, starting exercise is excellent, but you should start out slow, giving your dog time to adjust to a little exercise at a time as they may find it difficult at first and are prone to overexertion in the beginning stages.
Just like dogs, cats need to participate in regular exercise as well. Apart from causing behavioral issues, a lack of exercise can cause obesity in cats, which may lead to diabetes, arthritis, or breathing problems. Similar to dogs, it is also important to keep your cat’s age in consideration, as kittens will have more energy as compared to older cats and exercise will need to be adjusted accordingly. The key to cat exercise is finding an activity they enjoy, try using laser pointers, jingly balls, and stuffed mice on sticks to encourage their natural chase instinct or invest in a scratching post or cat trees, for independent exercise for your cat.
When you aren’t home, your dog is home all alone and worry sweeps your mind. You begin wondering what your dog is up to, if he is desperately waiting to be let out to use the bathroom, if he’s lonely and about a thousand other brain scrambling thoughts.
With a dog walker, you know your dog has been checked in on, taken outside, walked, fed and watered. You can put your mind at ease knowing you are giving Fido the best care you can possible give, even if you have to work late tonight.
Hearing new sounds, smelling new smells, feeling and seeing things he doesn’t experience lying around the house. We take these stimuli for granted, but to a dog, experiencing all these new things makes their day.