We know there’s a strong connection between the brain and the body, and recognize that our mental state improves when a daily regimen of exercise is carefully maintained.

This is true for human and pet health alike. In our increasingly automated and sedentary world, staying fit and active is more important than ever before, and we’ve got some tips to keep your best friend looking – and feeling – their best.

Setting the Tone

In order to provide the best possible life for your pet there are definite facets to pet health that shouldn’t be left on the back burner. Deciding that daily vigorous exercise is part of your new normal will have amazing results for both of you. 

Know What They Can Handle

Depending on your pet’s breed, age, lifestyle, personality, and overall health, you can determine what type of fitness you provide for them, the frequency and duration, and possible alternatives when it’s not working out. 

Be sure that they are not over-exerting themselves. Always provide fresh, cool water and breaks in the shade.

Play and Training

Agility training or obedience training can be top notch endeavors, and go a long way toward sustaining long term pet health and happiness. Building your own course can be gratifying and just another way to bond with your best bud.

Otherwise, free play like fetch, tug, flirt pole, and more are really beneficial. Cats love to play and enjoy laser pointers, catnip mice, fishing pole toys, and more.

Both cats and dogs benefit from puzzle or treat balls. These products keep pets on their toes while problem solving and offer yummy rewards for their time and focus.

Socialization and Pet Health

A major drawback to this age of social distancing is, of course, minimizing or reducing opportunities for our pets to safely interact with other pets. When it is possible again, create moments for your pet to engage with other pets in a safe, fulfilling fashion. Please let us know if you have questions about socialization

Eating Well

A huge component of pet health and fitness is diet. Be sure your pet receives a well-balanced, complete, age-appropriate diet. Let us know if you need any guidance. Also, be sure to limit their snacks throughout the day, or reduce how large their meal time portions are if you’re using treats in training.

Eye on the Future

Pet health can be determined at routine wellness exams. Younger pets require more in the way of vaccinations, parasite prevention, spay/neuter surgery, microchipping, and more. Senior pets should be seen twice a year to detect age-related illness early on. Disease screenings and dental health are essential as pets age.

Active, Fit and Happy

You know your pet better than anyone. Being able to recognize what’s normal and what’s not can save your pet a lot of time, and may even prevent illnesses from getting out of control.

If you have further questions about pet health, safety, or their overall wellness our staff is always here for you at New Haven Pet Hospital.