Most of us know the importance of looking after our mental health but what about the emotional and mental wellbeing of our dogs and cats? We asked Today show vet Dr Josie Gollan to share some advice about pet mental health.
“Just like their muscles, we need to exercise the brains of our pets to keep them healthy and engaged,” says Dr Gollan. “Cognitive dysfunction is a recognised condition within our pets as their brain ages. While not the same process, it can be likened to human dementia.
Ways to exercise the brain and slow the aging process include:
With some of the more active dog breeds such as border collies, agility training is a wonderful exercise for not only the muscles but also the brain. There are many schools now days that offer this and it is a great way to spend a sunny Sunday in the park. So remember, when it comes to our pets’ brains, like most things in life, the saying ‘use it or lose it’ definitely applies.”