Exercising with Your Pet

Pets and pet owners exercising together has exponential benefits!

People and pets alike need to ease into exercising. If you or your pets have not exercised in a while, exercising too much too fast can lead to sore, painful muscles. Check with your veterinarian for exercise tips specific to your pet.

People Benefits:

    • Better cardiovascular and physical shape
    • Boost in mood
    • Lower blood pressure
    • Strengthened bond with your pet
    • Motivation to keep exercising (your pet will bug you if you don’t)

 Pet Benefits:

      • Better heart, lung, joint and digestive health
      • Weight control
      • Reduces problem behaviors
      • Builds confidence and trust in fearful pets
      • Uses extra energy
      • Prevents boredom

Exercising Your Dog

How Much is Too Much?

  • Exercise safely with your dog. Provide plenty of fresh, cool water and avoid exercising during the hottest part of the day.
  • Choose the right type of exercise for your dog based on your dog’s age, size, and ability. Check with your veterinarian for suggestions.
  •  Puppies less than 18 months old should not exercise too long or strenuously as it can cause damage to bones and joints that are not fully developed.
  • Older dogs and ones recovering from an injury should take it easy. Two 15 minute walks a day or swimming could be a better way to exercise.
  • Leash walking may not give healthy, young dogs and middle age dogs enough exercise. Consider on-leash running, inline skating, or bicycling.

 Feline Fitness

Cats need exercise too! Cats need at least 15-20 minutes a day of exercise to keep them happy and healthy!

  • Training your cat to exercise during the day will help them sleep at night since they are nocturnal.
  • Cats need exercise like:
      • Stalking
      • Pouncing
      • Climbing
      • Hiding