As a responsible pet owner, most of us know that exercise is an important aspect of our pet’s care. But you may not know all of the reasons why. The truth is there lots of reasons. Some of the most important include:
Exercise helps prevent obesity. Just as with a person, regular exercise burns calories and contributes to keeping your pet slim and trim.
The risk of disease is reduced. Pets that are overweight are at higher risk for a number of different diseases. Keeping your pet lean is one of the best ways to keep your pet healthy.
Regular exercise keeps bones, muscles, and joints strong and supple. This can, in turn, help keep your pet comfortable and happy.
Exercise curbs destructive tendencies. Pets, just like children, need a way to burn off excess energy. If you do not provide that opportunity through proper exercise, your pet is likely to find a less desirable method of doing so.
Your pet will be happier and under less stress with regular exercise. Just as with people, exercise releases hormones and other mediators that relieve stress and alter your mood (or your pet’s mood) in a positive way.
Last but probably most important, regular exercise will extend your pet’s life. Lean healthy pets simply live longer than those that have weight issues and/or chronic illnesses. Regular exercise can add years to your pet’s life while also making your pet’s life more enjoyable.
The kind folks at DVM Multimedia have provided the following infographic that further demonstrates the benefits of providing regular exercise for your pet. Please join me in thanking them for allowing Pet Health Care Gazette to reprint the infographic. Enjoy.