Like humans, pets need daily exercise to stay fit and healthy. Yet, how much training does your pet need, and what activities can you do at home? Everything from short walks to at-home exercises can help improve your pet’s health and stamina. Additionally, exercising with your pet can help with injury prevention and rehabilitation if your pet has been injured.
Our veterinarians at Pawsitive Strides Veterinary Rehabilitation and Therapy in Des Moines, IA, are dedicated to helping your pet with all its rehabilitation needs.
How Much Exercise Do Pets Need?
Most pets need about 30 to 60 minutes of activity and daily exercise. However, the daily routine recommended for your pet depends significantly on the dog’s breed, health conditions, and age. Therefore, it is always best to speak with our veterinary care team to learn more about at-home exercises and how much your dog needs.
At-Home Games for Pets
Keeping your pet healthy and helping them with injury or surgical rehabilitation helps improve your pet’s quality of life. In addition, everything from strengthening to stamina exercises can help increase your pet’s energy levels, reducing the risk of obesity.
Some fun at-home exercises to enjoy with your pet include running up and down the stairs, setting up an obstacle course, keep away, fetch, and tug of war. Other fun activities may include swimming, playing in a sprinkler, walking on a treadmill, and playing with laser toys.
Speak with Our veterinarian about Your Pet’s Exercise Routine
At-home exercises help your pet strengthen muscles, which helps with injury prevention and rehabilitation. However, it is always best to speak with your veterinarian to discuss pet care options and at-home activities for your pets. Our veterinarians at Strides Veterinary Rehabilitation and Therapy in Des Moines, IA, are committed to helping your pets live happy, healthy, and active lives. Call us today at (515) 575-9655 to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians.