Why Exercise is Important for Your Pet

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Why Exercise is Important for Your Pet

Why is Exercise So Important for Your Pet?

Regardless of their age, species or lifestyle, every pet needs to exercise, but why is it so important to make sure your pet getting their daily workout?

Dogs and cats are full of energy and that energy needs somewhere to go, otherwise problematic behaviours may start to show. The great thing about exercising your pet is there are so many different ways to do it; dogs expend energy going for walks or running around the dog park being social and playing fetch. Cats use up energy playing ball and string, or figuring out a puzzle treat game. There’s no doubt that exercise is fun for all the family and a great way to bond with your pet!

Exercise Keeps the Body Fit!

Top of the list of reasons why regular exercise is good for your pet is that it to helps keep them fit. Good fitness levels will help prevent your pet from gaining excess weight as well as helping to prevent other health related problems such as respiratory or mobility related issues from developing.

Find out more about how to keep your dog or cat active with advice from our Pet Care Experts in our Pet Care Advice Centre now.

Good Mental Health

Mental stimulation is so important for your dog, cat or other pet. Depending on your pet’s species or breed, the type of mental exercises they need will vary, but without good mental stimulation, your pet will become bored and will start to seek out their own entertainment.

Signs that your pet isn’t getting enough mental stimulation can include:

  • Destructive behaviour
  • Excessive barking
  • Over-grooming
  • Lethargy and over-sleeping
  • Whining, crying and attention seeking

Helping your pet to say mentally stimulated will can come in many forms – training; games; physical activity; interactive play so it’s important to find the one(s) that best suit your pet’s individual needs.

Bonding With Your Pet!

Your pet is your best friend so regular physical and mental exercise, be that through walking, running, interactive play or training, is a terrific way for you to spend quality time with them. Not only is exercise good for both you and your pet’s wellbeing, it can also help the two of you grow closer. Exercising together is a great way to create a fun routine that can give your pet a chance to check out sights and smells, all while at each other’s side. It’s a great way to show your pet that they’re a full member of your family and that you enjoy spending time with them.

Staying Regular!

Regular exercise will help your pet’s digestive system, helping to keep their bowel movements regular and helping to prevent issues like urinary tract infections.

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