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Nurturing the Golden Years: Walking Your Older Dog with Care

Posted by Wendy Milledge on 15 March 2024
Nurturing the Golden Years: Walking Your Older Dog with Care

As our four-legged friends gracefully step into their golden years, it's important to adapt and make their well-being a top priority. Let's talk about exercise, specifically the joy of a good walk. While regular walks have loads of perks, taking an older dog for a stroll needs a personalised touch, taking into account their health, age, and comfort.

Step one in figuring out if your senior dog should keep strolling is talking to our friendly vet team. We'll look at your dog's history, check how they're doing overall, and spot any health issues that might affect their comfort during activities. After weighing everything, we can give you advice and tips for exercise routines that match your dog's one-of-a-kind needs.

Let's chat about something crucial—how ageing can affect your dog's joints and muscles. In their golden years, arthritis can make them a bit stiff and uncomfortable. To ease the impact on their joints, go for softer surfaces like grass or well-kept paths during walks. Also, consider joint supplements; they might just give your furry friend a bit more pep in their step.

Even if your older dog is still gung-ho about walks, let's be mindful of their limits. Ageing buddies might not have the same pep, so it's key to adjust. They might need shorter and less intense walks—think quality over quantity. Opt for brief, more frequent strolls to keep them happy without wearing them out.

Keeping an eye on your dog during walks is super important. If you notice any signs like limping, extra panting, or if they seem hesitant to keep going, it's a sign that the exercise plan might need tweaking. Owners who pay attention can catch these cues and make the necessary adjustments, making sure walks stay a delight for both you and your furry friend. 

You also need to think about the weather for your senior dog. If it's super hot, go for walks in the cooler times, like mornings or evenings, to keep them from getting too warm. When it's cold, make sure to bundle them up in some cosy gear, especially if they have a thin coat.

When it comes to your senior dog's gear, it's not just about convenience—it really affects their well-being. Regular collars might strain their neck, especially as they get older. A comfy harness spreads the pressure better, eases stress on the neck, and makes walks safer for your seasoned furry friend.

Keep in mind, the happiness of our older pups goes beyond just their physical health. Let them explore and sniff during walks—this isn't just fun, it's like a workout for their brains. Keeping them mentally active isn't just enjoyable; it helps keep their minds sharp as they get older.

Keeping up with regular vet check-ups is key to taking great care of your senior dog. These check-ups aren't just about fixing immediate health issues; they're a chance to chat about how your dog's doing, any behaviour changes, and what tweaks we can make to boost their happiness. As dogs get older, what they eat might need adjusting too. A good vet chat ensures their diet keeps them feeling awesome and full of vitality.

Don't forget about the heart warming stuff! 

Walks aren't just about moving those legs; they're golden chances for you and your senior dog to share some love. Older dogs really soak up the company of their owners, and these moments are like emotional vitamins for them. Going at your dog's pace and tuning into what they love during walks builds a bond that's positive and heartwarming.

To wrap it up, taking your older dog for walks isn't just doable; it's a precious part of looking after them. With careful thinking, regular vet visits, and tweaks to their exercise plan, your senior sidekick keeps soaking up the perks of walks—physically, mentally, and emotionally. As our furry friends grow, our job as caregivers shifts, calling for flexibility and a dedication to cherishing them through every chapter of their lives.

Author:Wendy Milledge
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