At Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital, our veterinarian team in Fredericksburg, VA, is happy to provide vet services and advice for pet care such as exercise to new and existing clients. After all, we don’t just need to treat your pets for their health issues and illnesses. We can help prevent illnesses, diseases, and shortened lifespans by encouraging healthy habits for pet owners at all stages of their pets’ lives.
Just like humans, pets need exercise to thrive and live happy, healthy lives. If your dog or cat has become a couch potato, he may be at risk for a wide range of health conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and more. When your pet doesn’t get enough exercise, he might become prone to either laziness, overeating, over-sleeping, or even aggression. It is healthy and enjoyable for pets to get their exercise regularly and it does not have to be a chore.
As with people, pets tend to be more open to exercise when it is presented in an activity that is fun for them. This means that you don’t need to get your cat or dog on an animal treadmill to start exercising. A good way to start exercising an inactive pet is by noticing what he or she already likes to do. If you have a cat who loves chasing around a feather toy, make an effort to play with it for twenty minutes at a time to thoroughly exercise your cat.
If your dog loves going on walks, build regular walks into his schedule. If you notice that a certain kind of toy or activity isn’t exciting to your dog or cat anymore, you can try making it more exciting by incorporating healthy treats into the activity or you can find a new one.
Consulting a veterinarian on our veterinary team before you start an exercise routine can be important for the health, safety, and well-being of your pet. To learn more about exercising your pet, call us for Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital in Fredericksburg, VA, at (540) 373-6100.