Exercise is an important part of preventative health care, but cold weather can make it hard to stick to your routines.
Luckily, there are ways for you and your pets to stay healthy even when you don’t want to go outside. These winter exercise ideas will help prevent pet obesity and leave your pets happy and healthy.
Cold Weather Exercises:
- Fetch – Both dogs and cats like playing fetch! Use different types of toys to keep them interested.
- Hide and Seek – Hide a low-calorie treat around the house. This is a great way to provide cats with mental stimulation and motivation.
- Walks – We know it’s cold outside, but if you bundle up and take precautions, a brisk walk can be healthy for your pet. Consider booties to protect your dog’s feet and wipe them down when you get back inside to prevent them from licking anything poisonous they may have stepped in when they were outside.
- Feather on a Stick – Cats love the thrill of hunting. The feather on a stick is a great way to get them up and moving.
- Laser Pointer – This is a simple way to provide your pets with exercise and entertainment indoors. Both cats and dogs love chasing around the laser pointer light.
Pet obesity is a serious problem that can lead to high blood pressure, arthritis, lung disease, skin conditions and even cancer. Contact our office with any questions you have about your pet’s health and how you can stay active this winter.