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Keep Your Pet Happy and Healthy this New Year!

Do you and your pet have a New Year’s resolution to get the weight off??

Tips on How to Keep Your Pet Happy and Healthy from Palmerstown Veterinary Hospital:

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 behavior and health problems, Kimberly recommends the following physical and mental workouts—both when you’re 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 at the dog 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’s home alone by giving him a food-stuffed puzzle toy, like the Kong, or some tasty chew toys.
  • 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.
  • Encourage your cat’s favorite home alone activities, including bird watching, exploring paper bags or 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 .

You’re responsible for providing opportunities to exercise your cat/dog’s mind and body to ensure to keep them healthy and happy!!

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