Yes, Senior Dogs Need Exercise, Too

Aging may slow down your senior dog and although he may not be active as he once was, regular physical activity that is appropriate for his age can certain do wonders to his physical and mental wellbeing.

Senior dogs benefit from regular physical activity. Since they are not as flexible and they may be suffering from joint problems, they should be taken on short walks but let them set the pace. Look for routes with grassy uneven turfs for your senior dog to walk on. Make sure to keep a close eye on your dog so you will be able to spot signs of pain, discomfort, and/or exhaustion. Making more stops along the way will give your senior pet enough time to rest.

Even dogs that are paralyzed or suffering from hip bone issues can benefit from regular physical activity. There are customized dog carts to help them move around. Senior pets can also tackle going up and down the stairs with the help of a sling-like device. Consult your pets’ health care for details.

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