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Exercising a Senior Dog

April 01, 2017

Is your dog approaching—or already in—his golden years? Senior dogs are extremely cute and lovable! Fido’s needs will change as he ages, however. Making sure your pet gets the right type and amount of exercise is very important, and can go a long way towards keeping your faithful friend happy and healthy as he ages. Read on as a local San Jose, CA vet discusses exercising an older pooch.


Regular walks are a great way to let your canine pal get his exercise. Just take care not to overdo it. Let your pet pick the pace, and bring him in when he starts looking tired.


If Fido likes swimming, the occasional warm-water swim may be great exercise for him. Just be very careful with your pup. Avoid areas with strong currents, as your pooch may not be strong enough to resist the force of water. If you have a pool, keep it secured with dog-proof fencing. Older dogs sometimes have vision trouble, and you don’t want your canine buddy to accidentally fall in. Ask your vet for more information.


Fido won’t be as playful as he once was, but he’ll still have occasional moments of friskiness. Indulge your pooch when he feels frolicsome. Just be sure not to overexert him. (Tip: Make sure that your furry pal has a good doggy bed to relax in. Sleeping senior dogs are adorable!)

Safety Tips

Older dogs typically should not be encouraged to jump or stand on their hind legs. This can put a lot of stress on your pup’s hips and legs, which can exacerbate painful bone/joint disorders, such as arthritis. You also want to take extra care with your furry friend in hot weather. Avoid taking Fido out during the hottest parts of the day, and keep him on soft ground to prevent paw burns.

Veterinary Care

Fido’s exact activity needs will depend on his age, weight, health, and breed. Follow your vet’s recommendations. Senior dogs may also benefit from pain management treatments. Ask your vet for more information.

Tail Wags

Fido’s senior years are a very special and beautiful time, and should definitely be savored. You may find that you really enjoy taking slow, relaxing walks with your faithful buddy.

Do you have questions about your senior dog’s health or care? Contact us, your local San Jose, CA animal clinic, today!