For both dogs and cats, getting more active in daily activities is another great way to get them back in shape.
Dogs - Walking
Take your dog to the local park or just along the street.
Try to walk your dog on different surfaces like sand, shallow water, fallen leaves, snow or on a rough surface.
When you're out walking use obstacles like benches, trees, ditches and logs for your dog to jump over, crawl under or balance on.
Hide and Seek
Hide a toy or some kibble and let your dog find it.
Throwing a ball or toy is great exercise for your dog, and you can make them work harder by doing it on a gentle slope or hillside. Don't throw sticks, as they can splinter and cause injury.
Swimming or hydrotherapy
Ideal for dogs with arthritis or back problems. Ask your veterinarian about hydrotherapy.
Set up low hurdles (use a broomstick across two objects), tunnels (available from pet shops or use cardboard boxes) and a slalom course (objects set one yard apart) to exercise your dog.
Cats are up for action too!
Keeping your cat active is easier than you might think, and makes a big difference to their quality of life
Homemade or pet shop toys help to encourage your cat to get moving.
"Catch the Light"
Shine a flashlight on the floor and walls and let your cat play.
Let your cat play in a box or paper bag.
Put your cat's food in different places each day (including on top of tall furniture).
Healthy cats who spend time outdoors get plenty of exercise by playing and exploring. But do watch out if your cat's a hunter who likes to eat its prey - that may reduce its weight loss.