Is My Pet Getting Enough Exercise?

By: Deborah Linder, DVM, DACVN  |  Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Your pets benefit from exercise the same way you do—it’s good for weight control, improves their mood and can be really fun! Pets that are not getting enough exercise may start to “act out” and show behavior problems like nosing through the trash, clawing furniture and chewing shoes. If your dog isn’t already active, slowly work up to a total of 30 to 45 minutes of walking per day.
Or be creative: swimming, agility, teaching new commands and getting involved in animal-assisted therapy are all great ways to get your dog exercise. Cats love to play with electronic toys, laser/pen lights, shoelaces and string toys. (Sorry, cat owners, there are no specific guidelines for felines.)
Remember, exercise alone (without proper nutrition) isn’t enough to keep your pet trim, but it does keep their minds active and their muscles strong. Do check with your veterinarian before starting a new exercise program with your pet.