Pet Dogs Also Require Exercise

by Medindia Content Team on  January 22, 2006 at 4:04 PM Lifestyle News   - G J E 4
Pet Dogs Also Require Exercise
Lorraine Corriveau, a Purdue University veterinarian says that pet animals also require regular exercise like human beings. The daily time taken for exercise should be at least 30 to 45 minutes, according to him. He went on to add that 25% of the pet cats and dogs suffered from obesity.

'Obese dogs have an increased prevalence of heart disease and increased blood pressure, said Corriveau adding 'both dogs and cats are at increased risk for diabetes. Other health problems include difficulty in breathing, skin problems and joint problems'.

Outdoor pets need more calories in the winter to help them stay warm, but Corriveau says indoor pets may require fewer calories because they are less active in the winter months. A good estimate of what the ideal, or optimal body weight for a dog or cat is the weight they were when they first reached adulthood. Corriveau says it's important to remember that even within a specific breed of a dog, the optimal weight can vary by 25% or more.

'Consult a veterinarian to find the correct weight-management program for your pet and for tips on how to get more exercise,' Corriveau said. Treadmills are trendy for people and pets, but people should carefully research how to exercise their pets correctly on these machines so to ensure that it does not result in injuries.

Edited (ANI)

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