Walk and Run With Your Pet More in Love Park, IL
February is a great time of year for keeping strong to those New Year's resolutions -- many of which typically involve getting outdoors more often, getting more exercise, and generally having a happier, healthier life. But humans aren't the only creatures who benefit from getting out and about. That's why our team at Animal Hospital of Loves Park is excited to remind you the benefits of exercising with your pets!
Reasons You Should Walk Your Dog (or Cat)
There are plenty of good reasons to take your pet for regular walks. By "pet," most owners assume we're referring to dogs, which we are. But did you know that cats can also be walked, as long as you use a proper body harness instead of just a collar and leash? Both kinds of pets will reap significant benefits from those regular walks, such as:
- Exercise - Sedentary pets are at risk for obesity, a dangerous condition that can create all kinds of health problems. Giving your pet a chance to burn more calories every day will help maintain a healthy weight. Older pets, in particular may benefit from this gentle form of exercise, which helps keep the joints limber and can thus help manage arthritis. Their owners may even feel a bit healthier themselves!
- Socialization - Walking your pet can be a great socialization tool. Introducing your pet to new situations, humans, and other pets will make your furry friend more comfortable in a wider range of situations, leading to fewer fights and more fun. Dogs are especially social animals who love making new friends.
- A calmer housemate - If you were stuck in the house all day long, you'd go stir-crazy in relatively short order. It's little wonder, then, that indoor pets often seem so hyperactive. Regular walks let your pet work off that extra energy, leaving him calmer and easier to manage once he returns home.
Make That Walk a Healthy Experience
You'll want to make sure you're walking your pet in safe and healthy manner. Booties and vests may be wise for cold or icy days, for example. Call us at 815-986-4445 for additional advice on how you and your pet can get the most out of your walks together!