As dogs age, they typically slow down. It can be challenging to ensure that they are getting enough exercise and to keep a healthy weight. Providing your pet with low-impact exercise is a great way to keep them mentally and physically stimulated.
Low-impact activities include short walks, gentle play, indoor games, swimming, or hiking on flat terrain. Running long distances or taking a strenuous walk may be rough on joints, especially for pets who aren’t used to that level of exercise.
If weight is an issue, reach out to your vet for a weight loss plan. Talk to your veterinarian about whether your pet would benefit from a diet formulated for senior animals.
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