The time to start exercise your pet is now, according to the latest medical research.
Pet owners can choose to exercise their pets for up to eight hours per day at a time, researchers from the University of York found in the latest issue of the journal BMC Medicine.
The study was led by Professor Tom Smith from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University.
“People are becoming more aware of the importance of regular exercise to the health and wellbeing of pets and we need to take action to encourage it,” he said.
“We can’t afford not to be active, but we need more of it to improve our pet’s health.”
The study also found that exercise is more important than the length of time it takes for exercise to start for pet owners.
“Pet owners should consider how long they need to spend on their pets exercise before considering exercise as part of a routine,” Professor Smith said.
It’s important to keep your pet active for a period of time after exercise is completed, to help them regain their energy levels, Professor Smith suggested.
The research involved the analysis of data from the Petstagg study which found a higher proportion of people in the UK exercised between six and 12 hours per week.
Petstaggers have been asking for more of an emphasis on exercise for more than 30 years.
“I’m a pet owner and I’ve got a pet that lives in a large city, and I want to encourage more people to exercise regularly,” Dr Toni Smith, from the Department of Veterinary Science at the Veterinary College of the University, said.
A key concern was the time it would take for exercise exercise to take effect.
“If the pet gets a bit fussy then they will stop and you can start again,” Dr Smith said “But there are plenty of dogs that don’t mind going for a walk, they will sit quietly and not fuss and that is a good thing.”
It’s the opposite of exercise that will make them fussy, so they need time to recover.
“There is a lot of research that suggests exercise can help reduce stress levels and stress is one of the reasons people have higher rates of depression, anxiety and eating disorders.”
A range of exercise activities is being proposed to help boost health and exercise levels.
Dr Smith encouraged pet owners to find the time to exercise as they would for other activities.
The University of Yorkshire has also launched a study to see how pet owners can reduce the amount of exercise their dogs need. “
The key is to do it on a regular basis,” he explained.
The University of Yorkshire has also launched a study to see how pet owners can reduce the amount of exercise their dogs need.
The Petstags are hoping to see this study’s findings translate into a more common understanding of exercise as a key part of health.