Declining mobility is a fact of life for older dogs. This doesn't mean, however, that they don't need exercise!
Walking is an excellent exercise for senior dogs, you'll just have to pay closer attention to the weather and how your dog is feeling during and after the walk. If they seem to start getting tired, it's time to turn around! Elderly dogs are more sensitive to heat and cold, so they are more prone to heat exhaustion and frostbite.
Swimming is also a great workout for dogs. It's very easy on the joints, which is perfect for dogs with reduced mobility. Investing in a life vest for older dogs is a great idea as well.
Cats are a little harder to exercise, however, it's not impossible. Something as simple as a new toy can encourage play.
Playing with your cat can also encourage more exercise, and it's a great bonding
Treats can also be a fantastic way to encourage play. Roll one across the floor and make them chase after it, or hide some in a homemade puzzle box, or feeder ball.
Getting our senior pets moving more is key to a healthy golden age.
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