4. Exercise and Play Regularly
Big or small, young or old, our pets need to exercise daily. Without physical activity, your dog or cat will become bored, frustrated and even unhealthy — leading to issues such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Consult a veterinarian to devise the safest routine for your dog or cat, especially with senior or overweight pets. “Unless a veterinarian has told you otherwise,” says Susan O’Bell, DVM at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, “pet owners shouldn’t underestimate the power of briskly paced walks throughout the day.” Additional forms of daily activity can include swimming, a game of fetch or chase the toy mouse and mental exercise such as food puzzles.