At present, over half of the pets in the United States are overweight or obese. Our veterinarians can concur that pet obesity is a real and growing epidemic that can compromise the health of your furry friend. Today, we want to share the benefits of exercising your pet to get him or her down to a healthy weight.
Pet Exercising Benefits
To enrich your pet’s life while you are at work, try leaving your animal with enrichment toys that engage his or her brain. Chew toys or food puzzle toys distract your pet from being bored and stimulate the mind, so your pet is less likely to act out from boredom.
When you come home at the end of the work day, your pet is overjoyed and wants to spend time connecting with you. Make it a priority to spend time at the end of the day exercising your pet. If you have a dog, leash walks or a trip to the dog park offer the chance to let off steam. Cats, dogs, and other pets can be exercised in the home through play with toys.
Our Rancho Cucamonga, CA staff recommend playing games like fetch or hide and seek if you want to give your pet the chance to run, but prefer to sit still yourself. Additionally, you can also train your pet new tricks or commands to offer both mental and physical stimulation.
How Our Veterinary Practice Can Help
When you are trying to exercise your pet, our veterinary practice is here to help in any way we can. Our staff can provide diet recommendations, suggestions of pet-friendly places to take dogs, or even ideas of ways to exercises cats or birds in your home.
We can also examine your pet’s health and make sure that your animal is ready to exercise before you commit to a new pet health program. To get started with your pet’s journey to health, please contact us and make an appointment if you live in Rancho Cucamonga, San Antonio Heights, Ontario, or Fontana, CA.
What is your favorite way to exercise your pet? Let us know in the comments.