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5 tips for keeping your pet active and healthy in the winter

As the winter months don't seem to be slowing down, it can be easy to let your pet’s activity level decrease. With the colder temperatures, it’s important to find ways to keep your pet active and healthy. Here are five tips from Mini-Critters, your local pet store, for keeping your pet happy and healthy during the winter.

  1. Indoor Playtime--When the weather outside is frightful, indoor playtime can be delightful. Spend some quality time with your furry friend and play indoor games such as fetch or hide and seek. Interactive toys like puzzle feeders or treat dispensers can also keep your pet engaged and entertained.

  2. Bundle Up--Just like us, pets can feel the chill of winter. Keep your pet warm and comfortable by dressing them in cozy sweaters or jackets during walks. It’s important to also protect their paws from the cold and salt on sidewalks by using pet-safe paw balm or booties.

  3. Treadmill Workouts--If your pet is used to going for long walks or runs outside, consider using a treadmill indoors. Treadmills can provide a great workout for your pet while also keeping them out of the cold weather. Just be sure to supervise them at all times and gradually increase the speed and duration of their workout.

  4. Indoor Agility--Agility training isn’t just for outdoor spaces. Set up an indoor agility course with items like cones, tunnels, and jumps (or DIY it!) to provide your pet with a fun and stimulating workout. This is a great way to improve your pet's coordination, balance, and strength.

  5. Mental Stimulation--Mental stimulation is important for your pet's overall health and well-being. During the winter months, provide your pet with interactive toys that challenge their mind. Puzzle toys, treat dispensers, and interactive games can provide mental stimulation while also preventing boredom and destructive behavior.

Winter doesn't have to mean a decrease in activity levels for your furry friend. By implementing these tips from Mini-Critters, you can keep your pet active and healthy for the rest of this cold spell! Remember to always consult with your veterinarian before starting a new exercise routine with your pet. Stay warm and have fun!

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