Pets require daily walks and other forms of exercise in order to stay fit and healthy. With January being Walk Your Pet Month, our Baltimore veterinarians encourage you to celebrate by walking your pets regularly and making sure they get exercise on a daily basis.
Daily Pet Exercise for Better Health
Obesity is a common problem in dogs and cats, especially as they get older. When your pets become obese, they can develop serious health issues that could lead to a decline in their quality of life and even shorten their life span. Keeping your pets in shape through walks helps them enjoy physical activity each day and stay healthy. It can also strengthen the bond you have with your pets and improve their well-being by giving them a chance to get fresh air at least once a day. While walking is typically associated with dogs, some cats can tolerate going for walks with their owners. Whether you have dogs or cats, it is important to make sure they get enough activity on a regular basis. In addition to taking your pets for walks, you can also introduce other forms of exercise, such as vigorous play. Most cats and dogs both enjoy chasing objects around the house or yard, which helps ensure that they get a challenging yet fun workout.
Keep in mind that exercise is essential for almost any type of pet. Birds, hamsters, ferrets and other pets should have ample opportunity to play and plenty of space to move around to help them stay in shape and in optimal health.
Contact Our Baltimore Veterinarians for Pet Care
Routine visits for preventive care are also an important part of making sure your pets stay healthy. Contact our veterinary hospital in Baltimore, MD to schedule an appointment.
How often do you take your pets for walks?