November is Diabetes Awareness MonthNovember 1, 2017
February is Spay & Neutering Awareness MonthFebruary 15, 2018
It seems like the most natural thing in the world—our pets need food, water, medical care and lots of love. But dogs and cats have other needs, too. Our furry friends need ample physical exercise and mental stimulation to lead truly full and happy lives.
To prevent behaviour and health problems, our vet Susan Barry recommends the following physical and mental workouts—both when you are there to join the fun and when your pet is home alone.
- Move it! Healthy adult dogs need at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise twice a day. Jogging, swimming and playing in the park are all great ways to burn excess energy.
- Engage in structured games, like fetch and tug-of-war, they’re not only great exercise but also teach your pet impulse control and strengthen the bond between you.
- Keep your dog occupied when he or she is home alone by giving them a food stuffed puzzle, there are a variety on the market, such as Kong. Or offer them some tasty chews, such as deer antlers – both available in PVH.
- Like their canine counterparts, cats also need plenty of aerobic exercise. Get kitty fit with play sessions, such as chase and fetch with furry toys, small balls or play mice. Cat trees are great fun too, encouraging your kitty to carry out natural behaviours, such as scratching. They can also provide ample opportunity for play.
- Encourage your cat’s favourite home alone activities, including bird watching, exploring paper bags and boxes, watching cat videos or spending time in secure outdoor enclosures.
- Teach your cat new tricks! Felines are quick studies and can learn practical skills like coming when called, sitting up and rolling over through clicker training.
You are responsible for providing opportunities to exercise your pet’s mind and body to ensure they are healthy and happy!