Doctor Tecla Myrick from the Alachua County Animal Services stopped by to talk about exercise for pets.
Benefits of exercise for your pet include: Combats boredom, decreases anxiety and destructive behavior, helps mantain a healthy weight, helps keep muscles and joints strong and limber.
Dog exercises include: Walking, running, fetching, jumping and climbing.
Be careful to start out slow and make sure your dog is leashed or in a confined area, and watch for signs of fatigue. Make sure they have plenty of water and try to go out during cooler times of day.
Cat exercises include: Chasing toys, paper wads or things on the end of a pole. Kitty trees are good for scratching and climbing, and boxes or bags are fun for them to play in.
Be careful not to let cats swallow any string and don't use your hand as a toy.
As always, if you have questions or concerns, contact your vet, or call Alachua County Animal Services at 352-264-6870.
Joining Dr. Myrick today was:
My name is Leto and I am a male, neutered, manx.
The shelter staff thinks I am about 4 years old.
I have been at the shelter since October 31, 2013.
For more information about Leto or any other adoptable animals, call
(352)264-6870 or visit.