As dogs age, they begin to slow down. It is a natural part of life. However, it is important to realize that even as they slow down, they need to exercise. Of course, getting your senior dog to exercise can be a challenge in and of itself. That is why we are going over several tips and tricks for exercising as well as a few exercises every senior dog should do.
Why Is Exercise Important For My Senior Dog?
We all know that exercise is important but it is extra important when we are looking at our senior dogs. While the inclination is to let him rest, senior dogs require as much exercise as other dogs.
The reason is that a body that isn’t in motion becomes an unhealthy body. Dogs that are not exercised end up with an increase in joint pain, arthritis, obesity, and heart problems. In addition, if they are not mentally stimulated, they are at a greater risk of developing problems such as decreased cognitive function and canine dementia.
When a senior dog is given proper exercise on a daily basis, the symptoms of old age are held off for longer. In addition, he feels better and has a range of health benefits, including:
- Staying his ideal body weight.
- Reducing inflammation in the joints.
- Boosting his mood.
- Decreasing pain in joints and muscles.
- Strengthening muscles.
- Improving blood flow which helps with organ function.
- Lowering the effects of canine dementia.
And finally, it improves his quality of life. While the years are limited when he reaches his senior years, the focus should be on quality so that every day is a good day for your senior dog.
But how do we get our dog out and exercises, especially when he is not as interested? Check out tips for exercising next.