get a move on

The future belongs to the movers, the shakers, and the tail-waggers. Movement, mobility, getting up, getting going – however you say it, getting pets moving and keeping them active is a key to healthy, happy living.

As you might know or could probably guess, maintaining a healthy weight is key for pets to be able to move freely. Unfortunately, pet obesity is on the rise and more pets are facing mobility challenges than ever before. But with increased awareness, lifestyle changes, and help from your Banfield veterinary team, you can help your pet tackle mobility challenges.

All pets, big or small, have ideal body conditions for optimal ease of movement. The ability to move without pain is just as vital for your four-legged friends as it is for us – after all, they’ve got more legs to move.

Mobility matters at any age

Many pets can face mobility issues from the jump. The noble German Shepherd is prone to joint issues and arthritis. Corgis, rightfully famous for the cutest buns in the canine kingdom, are predisposed to hip issues and spinal issues. Add obesity into the mix and it’s a recipe for decreased mobility. Connecting with your Banfield Pet Hospital veterinarian about your breed’s unique predispositions can help you know what to look out for and set you and your pet on the right track.

A key factor in the quest for improved mobility is almost always quality, healthy activity. It might come as a surprise, considering the sheer volume of time your cat spends zonked out on the couch, but your pet is literally meant to move. Not so long ago (stay with us, Chihuahua owners) your pet’s ancestors hunted for non-kibble prey in the wild. Today’s pets are still hard-wired for an active lifestyle and staying active can help them in just about every aspect of their lives.

Movement can make a real lifestyle difference…

Are you longing for a Zen moment free of barking? Maybe you’ve found something not-so-savory in the potted plant (sorry for dredging up that memory). When our pets act out, though sometimes due to situational stressors, it may also be due to boredom. Introducing more activity into their lives is an easy way to fulfill them mentally, exhaust them physically, and help them maintain a healthy weight.

… and you can benefit together

Movement can also reduce stress and lead to more consistent sleep (for them and for you). It’s amazing how much more relaxed you feel when you’re not waking up to a wet nose in your face at 2:00 a.m. Moving with your pet is also a great opportunity for the two of you to get some “we” time. Yep, the perks of getting active with your pet are pretty prolific.

It’s not a revolutionary tip that the more you move, the easier it is to do it. It’s basically what exercise is all about... well, that and an excuse to buy matching sweatbands. While dumping catnip on the floor and walking away may entertain Fluffy for a few seconds, in the end, it isn’t a substitute for playing actively. Finding the time to be active with your pet may seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be.

Another thing we know: “the walk” can get a little stale. Also, it might not be providing your pet with the type of movement they need. If you’re feeling stumped or overwhelmed, we’re here to help. Finding the right exercise options and wellness services to help your pet on their mobility journey starts as simply as scheduling an appointment with your Banfield veterinary team.

The truth is, there are only so many ways to drag a mouse on a string across the rug, but getting focused and creative with the way we move with our pets can open up exciting new opportunities for increased mobility.

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