Remember the Importance Of Keeping Your Senior Dog Active and Fit
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Remember the Importance Of Keeping Your Senior Dog Active and Fit

As a dog ages, he/she may become less sedentary, lay around and sleep more. Aches and pains are associated with becoming a senior dog but unless your dog continues to stay active, atrophy will set in. In order to keep your dog healthy without losing muscle mass and gaining weight, you must keep him/her active and fit. Learn what you can do to keep your senior dog in a healthy, fit state of mind and body while prolonging his/her quality of life.

When your dog ages and becomes a proud and healthy senior citizen, proper nutrition and exercise are even more important to keep your older dog in a fit state of mind and body. It is true that the body changes over the years with aches and pains. Your dog may appear to move slower and have less endurance, and will begin to lose muscle tone through a process known as atrophy. Just as it is with humans, when we find it more difficult to do things, we do less, putting our bodies in jeopardy. The same applies to your senior dog. As the dog becomes less mobile, the atrophy worsens. Your dog will not be able to do a lot of the same things it’s done before, but it doesn’t mean that he/she should refrain from any type of exercise and activity.

One thing you should avoid is to keep your senior dog sedentary, allowing the loss of muscle mass, at which time fat will build up. It can happen to the best of us and we need to keep ourselves – and our pets – active, healthy and fit. Dogs are generally very active when they are young and unless there is a medical issue with the older dog, activity levels should continue. Otherwise the bones start to weaken, the nerves start deteriorating and other organs may start to suffer. There are many benefits in keeping your senior dog healthy and fit.

In order to keep your aging dog active, continue taking your dog for daily walks. Pick up the pace of the walks to make them more beneficial for both of you. Larger dogs sometimes reap more benefits when you jog or ride your bike with your dog running safely beside you.  Arthritic dogs can continue to benefit from daily walks. Maybe they cannot walk as far as you normally have and to make it easier, choose grassy areas in order to provide a lower impact walk for your dog.

If you have a fenced in yard for your dog to run around, that is of course the best scenario. Get him/her involved more by incorporating some of your dog’s favorite games, such as fetching a ball or Frisbee.

A smaller dog can benefit from right inside their homes as they do not need as much room to run around as the larger breeds. A friendly game of tug-of-war or fetch is possible right in your own living area; it is fun and a bonding time for you and your pups while keeping them active and healthy.

There are many benefits to keeping your senior dog active and fit. Such movement keeps the heart healthy, keeps the weight down, retains proper oxygen and other nutrients at an optimum level in the brain and maintains proper performance of other organs in the body. Proper diet and fitness for your aging dog can prolong his/her quality of life. I’d say that is worth providing your dog and your family more time together.

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Ranked #29 in Pet Health

You're absolutely right. I'm very guilty about not giving my dogs enough exercise. One of them seems to be arthritic. We took him for a walk recently and after about a mile he was hobbling with tongue almost touching the ground. I need to start all of them on some glucosamine.