Is your canin e companion in his golden years? If so, you’ll need to make some changes to his doggy workout routine. Older dogs have very different needs than puppies! In this article from Armitage Animal Clinic, a local Newmarket, ON veterinarian offers a few tips on keeping Fido fit and healthy as he grows older.
Regular walks are really the best way to keep your furry best friend in shape. Fido may still enjoy visiting parks when it’s warm out. Just let your pup pick the pace, and head back inside when he starts to seem tired. How far and how often you walk your pooch will depend in part on sanitary reasons, and how often he needs to go. However, his age and weight are also factors. Ask your vet for more information.
Swimming can be a wonderful workout for your canine buddy. The water will support Fido’s weight, making it easy on his joints. Of course, this one will depend very much on the weather. Unless you have a heated indoor pool, this one is a summertime activity only. Always put your furry pal’s safety first. Never leave your pup unattended near water. Also, avoid taking him to places with steep drop-offs, cliffs, heavy currents, or wakes.
Playing is a great workout for our canine pals. However, you don’t want to overexert Fido. Keep a close eye on him, and stop the play session if you see him panting or slowing down. We also recommend playing on a soft surface, like a carpet or rug. As your four-legged friend grows older, you’ll eventually want to start focusing more on things that offer mental stimulation, and less on physical activity.
Going to the vet won’t be much of a workout for Fido. However, proper veterinary care can help you stay on top of any medical issues as they develop. This will help keep your pooch mobile, and reduce stiffness and pain. These things will in turn help keep him more active.
Do you have a fenced yard for Fido to run and play in? Add some dog-friendly features, like a kiddie pool or pet fountain. When it’s nice out, let your furry bff spend some time outdoors.
Please contact us here at Armitage Animal Clinic, your local Newmarket, ON animal hospital, anytime. We are here to help!