Our older puppies may not be moving as quickly as they used to, but they still benefit from regular exercise and walks. It’s important to keep older dogs active, even if they don’t have the same physical abilities and needs as they did when they were young.
Weight gain puts stress on joints and bones, which is particularly harmful in older people with arthritis. Staying active can prevent obesity and increase blood flow and oxygenation to joints and muscles, which can reduce the effects of arthritis.
Outdoor walks also provide dogs with an opportunity for mental stimulation, and this is important in controlling dementia symptoms in older dogs. While regular walks are great for dogs of all ages, there are big differences when it comes to walking an older dog.
Before you leash him and head out with your gray-haired friend, be sure to check with your veterinarian to make sure your dog is healthy enough for moderate exercise.