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Keep Walking – Benefits of Exercise for your Senior Dog

Published on August 12, 2014 in Dog Health

Does your older dog still demand a walk, or does she prefer to lie on her bed for a large part of the day? For dogs that relish couch time, it may be easier to be complacent about ensuring that your older pup gets a good walk. Weight gain, muscle weakness, boredom and depression may result from decreased activity. Your senior dog may need shorter walks, but exercise is still important for bonding and overall health.   An older dog may need a coat, or an adjusted route in order to be more comfortable.  If your dog is less interested in walking, or seems to be struggling, contact your veterinarian. There are several interventions that can promote physical activity during these difficult years.  Joint supplements, pain medication and other treatments may increase your dog’s ability to walk.