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Do you want your pet to be as happy and healthy as possible? One of the best ways to ensure that is actually pretty easy. Exercise is essential to your pet’s wellness—and for us too! Physical activity significantly impacts your pet’s health, from running, playing fetch, and chasing toys to exploring new places and learning new tricks. Regular exercise gives your pet physical satisfaction, keeps them at a healthy weight, and helps improve their mental health and reduce stress. Your Main Street Veterinary Clinic team  always has your pet’s wellness in mind, so we’re sharing our expertise on how exercise can keep your pet healthy and happy.

Exercise for Pet Health and Pet Wellness

Pet owners know that exercise is essential for their furry companions. Here are some reasons why exercise is important for your pet:

  • Physical health: Just like humans, pets also need regular exercise to maintain a healthy weight, build muscle, and improve cardiovascular health. Exercise helps pets burn excess calories and maintain a healthy metabolism. Lack of exercise can lead to obesity, increasing the risk of health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, and joint problems.
  • Mental health: Exercise is not only beneficial for the physical health of pets but also for their mental health. Exercise helps to reduce stress and anxiety in pets. It can also improve their mood and decrease the risk of depression. Regular exercise can also improve their cognitive function and overall quality of life.
  • Behavior: Exercise can help reduce problem behaviors such as destructive chewing, excessive barking, and digging. Pets who receive regular exercise are less likely to exhibit these behaviors as they are tired and content.
  • Bonding: Exercise can be a great way for pets and their owners to bond. Walking or playing with your pet can be a fun and enjoyable experience for both of you and can help strengthen your relationship.

Tiny Paws and Big Hearts—Keep Them Moving

Exercise is particularly important for puppies and senior animals. For puppies, it’s vital to provide them with plenty of exercise to help them develop and grow healthy and strong. For senior animals, exercise helps to keep them moving and active—something that’s even more important as they age. 

Keeping Pets Physically and Mentally Fit

Exercise is essential for your pet’s health—both physical and mental. Regular exercise is a key to pet wellness, which makes it so important to set aside time in your schedule. Getting your pet moving helps manage your pet’s weight and improve your critter’s overall health. Plus, your furry friend will thank you for it!

If you have further questions about your pet’s health, please call us at (540) 951-1002 . Your Main Street Veterinary Clinic team is always here for you and your pet.