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Is Your Pet Getting Enough Exercise?

Exercise is as important for our pets as it is for us, but how do you know if your pet is getting enough? Our animal experts are here to share insights into how to gauge the right amount of exercise for your pet. Whether you have a high-energy puppy or a laid-back cat, we’ll cover the tell-tale signs that indicate your pet’s exercise needs aren’t being met. 

Your Pet’s Weight

Weight changes in pets, particularly weight gain, can often be a sign of inadequate exercise. A sedentary lifestyle can lead to an accumulation of excess weight, impacting your pet’s overall health. However, weight gain isn’t solely caused by lack of exercise. Diet, age, breed-specific tendencies, and medical issues can also play a significant role. Regular veterinary check-ups and a balanced approach to diet and exercise are key to managing your pet’s weight.

Destructive Behaviors

Noticing destructive behaviors from your pet? This could be a sign they’re not getting enough exercise. Pets often express their excess energy and frustration through behaviors like digging, chewing, barking, or tearing things apart. To tackle this, consider upgrading their exercise routine. Take your dog for extra walks or give your cat more time to play and see if they become calmer around the house.

Withdrawn Behavior

When pets start to withdraw and show a lack of interest in interaction, it might be more than just a mood change – it could be a sign they need more exercise. A pet that isn’t adequately exercised might become withdrawn and isolate themselves. While increasing exercise is beneficial, it’s equally important to consult with your veterinarian to ensure there aren’t underlying health concerns contributing to this change in behavior.

Contact Your Veterinarian Today

Please contact your veterinarian if you have any questions about your pet’s exercise routine. Your veterinarian is your best resource for diet and exercise advice to keep your pet healthy and active in all stages of life.