Golden Souls, Gray Faces: 8 Tips for Walking Older Dogs

Old dog on a leash outside in rays of setting sun

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Our older puppies may not move as quickly as they used to, but they still benefit from regular exercise and walks. It’s important to keep older dogs moving, even if they don’t have the same physical abilities and needs as when they were younger.

Weight gain adds stress to joints and bones, which is especially harmful for seniors who suffer from arthritis. Staying active can prevent obesity and increase the flow of blood and oxygen to the joints and muscles, which can reduce the effects of arthritis.

Outdoor walks also provide dogs with an opportunity for mental stimulation, which is important for managing the symptoms of dementia in older dogs. While regular walks are great for dogs of all ages, there are some big differences when it comes to walking an older dog.

Before you get on the phone and go out with your gray friend, make sure you contact your vet to determine if your dog is healthy enough for moderate exercise.

Here are a few tips for walking older dogs.

What other tips do you have for walking older dogs? Do you take your gray-haired pup for regular walks every day? Let us know in the comments below!

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