Hi stranger! Signing up for MypetMD is easy, free and puts the most relevant content at your fingertips.
Top Ten Health Benefits Walking Provides Your Pet
Your slideshow will start shortly.
It is common knowledge that exercise is beneficial to human health. While you probably take your pet walking at least to relieve itself, you may have overlooked how beneficial exercise can also be to your pet’s health. Here are ten health benefits you can provide to your pet by walking it regularly.
#10 Helps Keep Pets Healthy
This one is a no-brainer. Exercise is good for us all. It provides many health benefits that include keeping your pet healthy, agile, and limber.
#9 Helps with Weight Control
An overweight pet is not a healthy pet. In addition to regulating its diet, to keep your pet in tip-top shape, you should be doing your best to provide regular exercise as well.
#8 Helps the Digestive System
Regular walks can be extremely beneficial to your pet’s digestive system, and they can aid in relieving constipation.
#7 No More Destructive Behavior
Regular walks, as well as other forms of exercise, can help reduce or eliminate any of your pet’s destructive chewing, digging, or scratching. Pets are like children: If you are not giving them something constructive to do, you may not like what they choose to do.
#6 No More Hyperactivity
Walks can help to alleviate extra energy your pet may have, calming it down and reducing any hyperactivity, excitability, and even nighttime activity. A walk can help your pet to feel more relaxed and sleepy rather than restless at bedtime.
#5 No More Unruliness
Behaviors such as knocking over furniture or jumping on people can be a sign of pent up energy. Regular walks will help curb this.
#4 No More Attention-Seeking Behaviors
Barking and whining are just signs that your pet wants some attention from you. Regular walks together will help both of you to stay healthy, and …
#3 Help Promote Your Bond
Spending time with your pet is extremely important. It strengthens the bond between you and leads to a strong, trusting relationship. Walk to strengthen your bond and your bodies!
#2 Helps Build Trust
If you have a timid or fearful pet, regular walks can help your pet to build confidence and trust. You will likely be exposing your pet to other humans and animals alike, and with you there for comfort your pet can learn to be comfortable around them.
#1 Helps Your Health Too
Walking a pet is sometimes regarded as a chore. However, it shouldn’t be, as it is beneficial for all involved. The health benefits you will gain from walking are as great as for your pet!
Additional SlideshowsWhat's New Dog Cat
|15 Reasons Dogs Are Better Than Girlfriends||5 Unsuspecting Places Your Dog is Exposed to Ticks||5 Steps to Prep Your Dog for the Dog Park||7 Ways to be the Best Pet Owner You Can Be||3 Steps for Determining How Many Calories Your Cat Needs|
|Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Pet (and You)||5 Dog Staycations||10 Scary Diseases Your Pet May Be Exposing You To||Five Tips to Prevent Winter Weight Gain in Pets||The Power of Protein|
|Core Vaccinations for Cats||What is and is Not Included on a Cat Food Label||5 Tips for Choosing Kitten Food||3 Steps for Determining How Many Calories Your Cat Needs||How Did My Cat Get Ticks?|