Decades ago, dogs would accompany their owners virtually everywhere they went—whether it was out in the field for harvest or into the forest during a hunting expedition. Today, millions of dogs patiently wait at home while their owners work. As you might imagine, this can lead to anxiety and frequent veterinarian visits. Here’s a brief look at how you can keep your pet happy and occupied while you’re at work:
- Morning Exercise
Regular exercise is an important part of your dog’s health. If your dog goes all day without an adequate energy outlet, he can easily become nervous, anxious, or even bored. That’s why you should try to take your dog for a rigorous walk or run each day before work.
- Dog Walkers
If you don’t have time to take your dog for a walk, you might consider hiring a professional dog walker to do it for you. There are plenty of professionals who can help your dog get the exercise he needs while you’re at work, ensuring that your dog stays fit and healthy.
If you don’t have the money to pay for a pet sitter, consider getting another pet. That way, the two pets can keep each other happy and entertained all day long. Before you get another dog or cat, however, you should ask your veterinarian whether your pet can handle a companion.
Though the inside of your home may not offer the same sensory stimulation as the outdoors, there are a number of toys that can keep your pet mentally and physically engaged. Special treat balls, for example, can keep your dogs or cats busy for hours.
If you have any questions about maintaining your pet’s health, contact Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital. We specialize in a wide range of veterinary care services, including acupuncture, general surgery, and nutritional therapies. Call us today at (917) 675-3708 to learn more about our animal hospital.