PetMeds® How Much Exercise Does Your Dog or Cat Need?

The amount of exercise your pet should receive can depend on factors like age, breed and health/medical history A question commonly asked particularly by dog owners is how much exercise should their dog or cat get. Of course the answer will depend upon the age, breed and health/medical history of the particular pet, but assuming one has a young healthy adult dog, most pets do not have limits on their exercise. Proper exercise can help keep the weight stable, as well as keep the heart, brain and body healthy.

In the wild, dogs and cats can travel 20 to 30 miles a day so certainly walking or jogging a few miles with a dog in most cases is helpful to both animal guardian and pet. As with humans, before starting any exercise program, it is important for a dog to have a complete medical exam by a veterinarian, including listening to the heart and blood work if indicated, including heartworm testing.  In those dogs who spend a lot of time outside exercising, it is important to make sure they are on monthly heartworm preventatives such as Heartgard or Sentinel to reduce risk of transmission of heartworms and intestinal parasites.

Kitties can also be trained to a leash and exercised as well by their owners through walks.  Indoor cats should also get plenty of exercise using various toys, laser lights and the like to try and. work off extra calories from lack of exercise from being an indoor cat. 1800petmeds has some wonderful pet toys and indoor pet pens to help include more and exercise into your pet’s daily activities.

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4 Comments

  1. When exercising your cat or dog, be sure to watch for signs of overexertion, such as excessive panting or lying down. How much exercise is enough depends on your dog’s age, breed, and health.

  2. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJanuary 12, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Excellent points. Every pet is an individual with individual needs.

  3. As with humans, before starting any exercise program, it is important for a dog to have a complete medical exam by a veterinarian, including listening to the heart and blood work.

  4. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianNovember 11, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Yes. Very important for exams and blood work.

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