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Posted on 07-13-2017
Like human beings, Alexandria pets need to move in order to be healthy. Sitting at a computer isn't healthy for us, and sitting in a dog bed or window isn't healthy for them. The type of exercise you provide depends on your pet and veterinary advice, but you should always make sure that there are ample pet exercise opportunities.
Dogs come in a wide variety of breeds that were created to do different things. This means that while they all need to move, some need more exercise than others and they tend to enjoy different activities. There are some exercises that you can do with most dogs, although you should ask your veterinarian first:
There are a myriad of benefits to exercising your dog. Dogs that are exercised properly have fewer behavior problems, get into less trouble, and are healthier. Exercise helps keep their weight under control and helps alleviate boredom. Overall, exercise improves quality of life for the dog and the owner.
People don't think about exercising their cats, because cats naturally sit around all day, right? While it is true that cats sit around a lot, in nature they would be active while hunting and searching for hunting opportunities. A lot of cats these days just walk to the food bowl when they're hungry.
Your veterinarian knows that exercise has all of the same benefits for cats as it does for dogs: better health, fewer behavior problems, etc. However, obviously exercise must be different for cats. Most cats enjoy playing, and this is the best way to get them moving in most cases. If you have a fenced yard or your cat will wear a harness and leash, they can also go outside.
Here at Fort Hunt Animal Hospital in Alexandria, we want the best for your pets. We love to see pet exercise plans being created because it means your furry friend will be much happier and healthier. Our veterinary experts can help you figure out what kinds of exercises are safe for your pet and fit into your schedule. Call us at 703-360-6100 and be sure to ask about our new client specials.
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