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Setting a Training Pace For Your Senior Dog

By Jess Spears

A dog is a playful animal especially at a very fragile age. They just love to play around all day
long. They can play with anything and have a great time doing it. Chew toys, maybe a ball,
some old shoes, the newspaper even can be a source of great entertainment for them pups.
With age their joints begin to wear down and their abilities to move around are affected
considerably making playing a more difficult task. Running around to chase things or jumping
to catch Frisbees in the park will not be their favorite activity. They will in most cases favor a
suitable afternoon nap. If a dog will not exercise on a daily basis additional complications
may incur from this lack of exercise.

A dog’s health is just as important as the health of a human being. Eating proper food which
offers some nice nutriments and making sure they get the right amount of it is extremely
important in their upbringing. Exercise coupled with a nice healthy meal will make a young
pup turn into a beautiful healthy adult dog which will be in great shape over the course of
his natural life. A young puppy becomes a senior dog once he reaches the age of six years
old. A dog’s health problems also begin to emphasize around that age. He will be prone to
develop a heart condition and have his joints torn down. Regular exercise is a great positive
action which will reduce a dog’s health risks. If proper daily exercises lack from a dog’s life
then these health problems may tend to become a lot worse.

A dog stands to face osteoarthritis if he is not submitted to undergo some serious daily
exercise. The additional weight a dog will gain from the lack of exercise will begin to press on
their legs and their bones leading to joint injuries. Their legs will lose mobility and their joints
will have to suffer leading to serious pain and even problems when moving. If the dog
remains unexercised then the more weight he gains the more health he stands to lose, his
legs being affected more and more to the point where he will no longer be able to stand let
alone walk. He won’t be comfortable lying down either because the pain of his legs will affect
him at all times. Being unable to move cause of the pain, the dog will no longer be able to
eat the right amount of food and to drink the water he needs and he will soon face
dehydration and starvation, which will undoubtedly lead to his death.

The dog will face even more complicated health problems if he does not go through with a
daily dose of exercise. The additional weight your dog has gained from sitting around and
not exercising will add up and press onto his heart making it more difficult for him to breathe
properly. Once his heart is affected the other organs in his body will soon follow. His lungs,
his kidneys and even his brain will start to fail. A daily dose of exercise will not just improve
the overall health of your pet but will cause his mind to be more focused and receive the
right amount of oxygen, helping his cells stay healthy. Exercise will keep his blood balanced
and he will not have to face a high blood sugar level.

The happiness of your long life companion and his state of health is important through all
the stages of his life. From the moment when he is born, to when he turns into a fine pup
onwards to the point when he reaches adulthood the dog needs to be under strict
supervision. The behavior of the dog will be a great indicator of the state of health he is
currently in. If he tends to become lethargic and sleep longer avoid exercise and play time
then your dog may have developed a health condition which is causing him to experience
pain. If he is having trouble breathing or seems exhausted when walking after short periods
of time then he should be taken to see the vet as soon as possible.

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PetSmart
The Living Well Guide
for Senior Dogs:
Everything You Need
to Know for a Happy
& Healthy Companion

by Diane Morgan

For the concerned pet
owner looking to
provide his or her
senior dog with the
best care possible, The
Living Well Guide for
Senior Dogs is an
essential guide to
understanding the
special needs of a pet
throughout his golden
years.