Keeping Your Pet Happy and Active
“Furry Friends Need Fun Too”
By Dr. Jennifer
All of us know our pets need food, water, medical care and lots of love. But our dogs and cats have other needs, too. They need physical exercise and mental stimulation to have full and happy lives.
Our pets need some type of “job” or environmental enrichment to keep them busy and engaged. Without these our pets can become excessively bored and lazy. This can lead to physical diseases like obesity and joint problems and behavioral issues like destructive behaviors and excessive barking or meowing. At Pellissippi Veterinary Hospital we want to help you keep your pet happy and active.
To help prevent behavior and health issues, we recommend physical and mental workouts for your furry friends.
•Healthy adult dogs need at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise daily. Jogging, swimming and playing at the dog park are all great ways to burn excess energy and help keep your dog calmer and happy.
•Engage in structured games, like fetch, Frisbee games and find-the-treat —they’re great exercise and teaches your pet impulse control and strengthens the bond between you.
•Keep your dog occupied when he’s home alone with food-stuffed puzzle toy or chew toys. Cats also enjoy food puzzle toys and treat balls.
•Cats also need plenty of aerobic exercise. Get kitty fit with stimulating play sessions, such as chase and fetch with furry toys, small balls or toy mice.
•Keep your cat engaged when home alone with activities like bird watching, exploring paper bags and boxes, or watching cat videos.
•Teach your cat tricks! They are quick studies and can learn practical skills like coming when called, sitting up, rolling over and even fetch!
You are ultimately responsible for physically and mentally enriching your pet’s life. Activities that exercise your cat or dog’s mind and body will keep them (and your relationship) healthy and happy.