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How to Keep Your Pets Fit During Lockdown?

Updated on April 27, 2020
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A Physiotherapist who wishes to have a better world for the voiceless animals

Pets are very dear to everyone. When your pet is feeling unwell, even you become upset. Lockdown can be difficult for your dear pets with respect to their fitness. The way you miss exercising in gyms, similarly your pet does miss its routine morning and evening walks. What to do at such times? How to take care of the fitness of your dear pets?

Why is Physical Activity important for Animals?

Try sitting or lying at one place for a long time. How long can you maintain this position? The way human joints land into stiffness without movement, similarly joints of animals too can land into stiffness. Hence, movement, physical activity and exercise therapy is necessary for animals as well. During lockdown, you yourself are unable to go out and also cannot take your pets for walk. So here I would like to mention some tips to you all on how can you take care of fitness of your pets at home itself during the period of lockdown.

Joint movements

Joint movements are something that helps our body move and locomote. In a similar way, joint movements are important in animals as well. Even though the anatomic orientation and function differs, they do have shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee and ankle joints. To maintain the integrity of joints, bones and muscles it is necessary to do some or the other joint movements for animals. Joint movements help in preventing stiffness and maintain the properties of muscles as well. Move the joint through complete range of motion along its orientation.

Manual Therapy

We humans love having a nice massage. And so do animals! During lockdown it is impossible to take them for spa outside but there is one best thing you can do at home itself. Manually massage them! Well, being careful is really important when it comes to joint mobilization and manipulation. Hence, do not try out these, rather gently massage their forelimbs, hind limbs and spine. They love it and find it very soothing. Manual therapy itself is an evolving science in animals. Make sure that you do not over pressurize any part of their body.

Play Therapy

This is the best method to enhance physical activity in our pets. They never get tired of play therapy. It targets their movement, muscle strength, activity and engages their mind all at once. Your pet can be habitual to varied ways of playing with you. Make sure you always play some or the other game with them. Pets really enjoy playing even smallest thing with their owner. Chewy and elastic toys target the jaw muscles of animals and these are of great help to keep them engage at one place.

Diet and Hygiene

Diet and hygiene is something I do not need to talk about because all well aware pet owners are already taking great care of their pets with respect to these. But time to time check on the food habits of your pet is very important. Weather change can also be a reason for health issues of animals. Hence, taking good care of these is highly important.

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You can devise your own methods to help these little souls stay fit and healthy. All they need is some time from you. And now that you are home during lockdown, it is better to give equal amount of attention to these voiceless souls as we give to ourself and our family. After all pets too are a part of family. If you apply any unique method for your pet's health, please do share.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Natasha Tungare

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    • sachnikh profile image

      Nikhil Sharma 

      3 weeks ago from India

      Hi Natasha. It was really a simple yet wonderful article for all the people who have pets in their homes. Although we don't have any pets in our home, I can easily understand the information and message you're trying to convey through this informative article.

      In hard times like lockdown, it can get really difficult for your pet to stay fitand have a fun time. But by following your advice, I'm sure people having pets at home will get benefitted from it. Thank you for writing such a valuable article, Natasha. Keep writing.

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      Gopal Anand 

      3 weeks ago

      Human being,pets and machinery one thing is common that if they are not put to use at regular intervals they become stiff or rusted.once this stage comes it becomes difficult to bring back to normal functioning.you have to put in lot of efforts to bring back to normal.exercise, massage provide normal movement and lubrication to the joints.The author has discussed various options available for pets to bring them back in normal conditions through playing with them and spending time to avoid the abnormal conditions specially during the lockdown extended.

    • PrateekJain24 profile image

      Prateek Jain 

      4 weeks ago from Madhya Pradesh, India

      Hi Natasha mam, you have really wonderful construct during lockdown. where everyone is concerned about their health and their exercise routine, you have also raised a thought for pets in our mind. I don't have any pet in my home or in hostel. But instead I really like your article and will advise my colleagues take care of their pets effectively.

    • Natasha Tungare profile imageAUTHOR

      Natasha Tungare 

      4 weeks ago from India

      Thank you so much @Prantika maam!! You totally got it right what I wanted to mention in here! :)

    • Natasha Tungare profile imageAUTHOR

      Natasha Tungare 

      4 weeks ago from India

      Yes you are right @Murali sir! Honestly they should have liberty to move around, only the pet beds, vessels and all should be different. Thank you so much sir!!

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      Natasha Tungare 

      4 weeks ago from India

      Thank you so much @Liz Westwood. Yes, that is exactly what I want to portray in here.

    • Prantika Samanta profile image

      Prantika Samanta 

      4 weeks ago from Kolkata, India

      An informative and wonderful article. Pets are an important member of the family and spending time with them gives pet parents immense happiness. Physical activity of pets are important and thank you for sharing how to keep pets fit during the lockdown period.

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      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      4 weeks ago from South India

      Pets may sometimes become vectors as well. Since we remain intimate with them even though less than family members, it is always good to restrict them outside living rooms. They can be trained easily to remain at a good physical distance while being intimate. Instead of doing a lot of containment, giving training for pets is good. I liked your article very well, Ms Natasha, your keen maintenance of pet health and hygiene are role model to others.

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      Liz Westwood 

      4 weeks ago from UK

      The focus is very much on the owners at the moment, but you make a good point about pet health during lockdown.

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