PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES AND OVERWEIGHT ANIMALS

 
By  Dr Antony Bastien

At the beginning of the year we are accustomed to making New Year resolutions.

These resolutions are often related to health and physical fitness. This also applies to our animals.

 

Physical activity is essential for a long and healthy life for both us and our pets.

Along with an optimal diet, physical activity prevents being overweight and other health issues such as diabetes, joint pains, liver problems or urinary problems for cats, just to name a few. 

Your veterinarian will be able to advise you on the proper diet and the appropriate quantities to be given according to the energy needs of your companion.

However, physical activity that may be too intense can have a negative impact on your pet’s health if done in excess in comparison to your pet’s capabilities or if there are pre-existing medical conditions. 

For example, senior dogs who suffer from arthrosis; a degenerative disease of the joints, will benefit from low-impact exercises such as walks on a leash, swimming and physiotherapy.

Your animal’s health may be aggravated with high impact physical activities such as running, jumping, climbing and descending the bed or the sofa just to name a few.

 

Do not hesitate to ask the advice of your veterinarian by calling us at 450-671-7264, to know what kind of physical activity is appropriate for your pet.