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How Best to Travel
When traveling with an older dog it is important to remember that they need lots of snacks and fresh water, so be sure to pack plenty. You’ll also want to make sure that there are places for your dog to get out of the sun, particularly if it’s really sunny or humid where you live. You might want to consider a carriage, like our City Car Pet Stroller, if you’re worried about finding a shady spot for your pet to catch his breath. That way, if your dog tires out, you can put him in the stroller without running the risk of him continuing to overheat.
What You Can Do to Make Exercise Easier
Like an older person, your older dog might have aches and pains, making it harder for her to stay active. To help, you can offer your dog a massage or stretch out her legs. You might also want to work with your vet to create an exercise plan that ensures a healthy level of exercise for your elderly pet. Knowing when your pooch should calm down can help you stop him when she’s reached her limit. Additionally, the vet can examine your dog to see if she needs any special precautions or considerations in a workout plan, be to look out for stages of arthritis.
If your dog is a sporting breed, he still needs more exercise than brachycephalic breeds, like pugs or English bulldogs, in his later years. For dogs with spinal conditions or arthritis, you might consider a type of exercise that won’t hurt his joints, like swimming, which provides low impact exercise. Remember: if your dog is hurting, don’t make him continue. Instead, place him back in his stroller and take him home. If he seems to be doing okay, start out at a short distance and increase it if he seems to be liking it. A good rule-of-thumb for easing her into exercise is by starting out your regimen by walking your dog 10 to 15 minutes per day and work up to one to two hours at least three times per week. The next day, if your pooch is sore or seems to be in pain, give him a day off or only take him out every other day.
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