Exercise & Your Pet
All pets should have adequate and daily exercise. With obesity affecting 40% of dogs and 25% of cats, as well as 50% of the human population, regular exercise is critical to the well being of any pet. Twenty minute brisk walks, two to three times a day is probably adequate for most indoor puppies. Older indoor animals can usually get by with a twenty minute walk once a day.
Ideally if you have a yard for them to play in, this should suffice. However, avoid overdoing it. Most animals can handle 2-3 mile walks, but only after they have gradually worked up to it. Make sure that your dog has plenty of water to drink both before and after exercise. It is recommended to have your older pet drink both before and after exercise. We also recommend to have your older pet checked out by a veterinarian before beginning an exercise program.
Cats require exercise too, but that can be a challenge. Dangling a toy from a string near an air vent can attract most cats, enticing them to play with the toy when the air moves it. You can use your imagination to devise playful, attention grabbing toys in your house. Playtime is not only healthy exercise but also a good time to bond with your feline friend.