Dr. Lacy Gilmer
Calvert Veterinary Center
Love is in the air….puppy love that is! February is a month where we celebrate all the special bonds in our lives, including the non-human variety. Love Your Pet Day is February 20th, which is the purrfect time to show your best friend a little extra love with a game of fetch, a long walk, or some laser pointer fun in the house.
The human-animal bond is what we call that mutually beneficial connection between us and our furred, feathered, and yes even scaled pets. These relationships can positively affect our mental and physical health in a number of ways, including making sure that we both get enough exercise! Exercise with your pet can better your health, decrease stress levels by releasing endorphins, and cultivate the connection with your companion with mental and physical stimulation.
Below are some fun ways to get moving together, even in the winter. But remember, with any new exercise plan consult your doctor and veterinarian if you have any questions about what’s appropriate for your health levels.
- Walking! The most obvious way to get out and get moving is to clip on a leash and go for a lap around the neighborhood!. Some cats can even be leash trained, and enjoy getting outside!
- Walking not getting your heart rate up enough? Take them out for a run! Just make sure it’s not too hot or cold outside, and use caution with small and brachycephalic (short snouted) breeds like bull dogs, Frenchies and Boston terriers. Work up to longer distances to make sure your pet is up for it before you decide to jog a 10k with them.
- Cold or wet outside? Play tug-of-war inside the house, or play chase up and down the stairs. Set up an obstacle course to work out their nose by hiding treats under cups, puzzle toys, or Kongs.
- It’s cold outside now, but we live in a great place for stand up paddle boarding with your pooch! Get them a doggie life jacket and you both can work on your core strength on the Magothy.
- Sign up for a class! Agility and obedience training get both of you moving, is great for anxious or stressed out pets, and it’s fun!
If you have questions on how to start exercising with your pet, call for an appointment with your veterinarian at Calvert Veterinary Center at 410-360-7297 to get all of your health care questions answered! Calvert Veterinary Center has been serving Pasadena and surrounding communities for over 14 years. The office is conveniently located at 4100 Mountain Road in Pasadena. Call us at 410-360-7297 or visit our website to schedule an appointment.