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5 Signs & Symptoms of Over Exercising in Dogs

Exercise keeps your dog fit. It helps your dog with various mental and physical benefits. It helps maintain muscle mass, which prevents injury, decreases obesity and maintains cardiovascular health.

According to Dr. Robin Downing, Director of the famous hospital, “The Downing Center for Animal Pain Management” in Colorado – One of the reasons dogs and humans get along so well is that we both value the structure in our respective worlds. Regular exercise provides day-to-day predictability that dogs truly cherish, simply because it is their nature.

He also adds that sudden overdose of exercise, because the dog has recently gained weight, can sometimes lead to joint, back and respiratory injuries.

If you are looking at building a consistent exercise regimen, it is best to consult a vet. They will be able to analyze the health conditions of your dog and advise you on the best exercises your furry friend can follow.

Overdose of exercise can lead to some of the major issues listed below:

Wear-and-Tear on Paw Pads

This is very common among pups. Sometimes the dogs give more importance to play. For them, the playtime is more important than painful feet. So, they will choose to run even if their paw pads are affected. Here, the feet are already damaged and yet getting exposed to more exercise.

Pad injuries are very painful. It causes ruptured blisters on the foot. The best way to identify this issue is to constantly check your dog’s paws for wear and tear. If your dog has an overworked paw, then there will be visible flaps present in the skin. If it’s infected you will find swelling or sometimes even pus.

Sore Muscles

Sore muscles, otherwise known as muscular pain, is also an effect of overworking. This is visible if your dog is finding it difficult to get up after heavy exercise.

Most often dogs will refuse to exercise or even walk after that. He/she may not eat much after exercise. This is because it hurts to reach down for the food.

Under some conditions, they may develop a condition called exertional rhabdomyolysis. This causes tissue to break down, which can sometimes lead to kidney damage or failure.

Reduce the soreness by unsubscribing to a weekend warrior syndrome. As humans, you are busy throughout the week and therefore working hard during the weekends to stay fit. When you couple your dog into this, their body will revolt. Their muscles will not be conditioned to sudden exercise and will lead to fatigue.

Heat Sickness

Heatstroke or heat sickness is generally caused during summer. The body temperature increases above 106 degrees. This can be life-threatening. Most of the time dogs get dehydrated during this process and this can cause difficulty in breathing.

Big breeds such as Boxers, bulldogs have a greater risk because they do not have the tendency to cool off like other peers. It is best to not take them out on a run during warmer climates, just because your dog wants to exercise does not really mean that it is good for them.

Symptoms of Overheating:

Joint Injury

Joint injury is a sprain or strain caused in the dog’s joints. Toe joints are more susceptible. This is because dogs carry 60-70 percent of their weight in the front limb. Therefore, there is a lot of stress in their limbs.

There are cases when a dog has straight legs, in such cases, they put quite a lot of weight which the bone cannot take, and therefore it leads to stifle joints.

Breeds that are longer such as Dachshunds, Hounds, etc. are more susceptible to joint injuries when exposed to exercise. These breeds also are prone to backaches.

Behavioral Changes

If your dog likes to exercise but shows a sudden aversion towards it, then it is something that should concern you. You need to check with a vet immediately. Dogs need to exercise constantly in order to maintain physical and mental fitness. But, overworking a dog can cause issues that are beyond repair.

Here are a few symptoms to find out if your dog is exhausted:

  • Excessive panting or difficulty in breathing.
  • Dehydration
  • Abnormal drooling
  • Fever
  • Change in gum color
  • Lack of urine.
  • Rapid pulse.
  • Tremors
  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness

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How Much Exercise Does a Dog Need Every Day?

 

Based on factors like breed and age, how much exercise does your dog need every day? How can you best exercise your dog?

Author: Taylor Ritz

Between finding the best food, visiting the best veterinarian, and caring for our dogs like they are our children, it’s clear that we want what’s best for them. To live a happy and healthy life, we know our dogs need to exercise just like we do, but how much exercise do they actually need?

Factors That Determine Exercise Levels

There are many different factors that determine how much exercise your individual dog needs, so, unfortunately, the answer is really simple. Here are just a few:

Age

Puppies, adult dogs, and senior-aged dogs all have very different exercise needs.

Puppies are growing into their bodies and bladders, as such, they need frequent but short play and potty sessions throughout the day. A good rule is that for each month of age, your puppy needs five minutes of exercise twice daily. So if your puppy is 3 months old, they need up to 15 minutes of play (3 months x 5 minutes = 15 minutes), twice a day, for a total exercise time of 30 minutes a day.

Once a dog is fully-grown, at around 2 or 3 years of age, their play sessions can become much longer. Adult dogs typically require between 30 minutes and 2 hours of daily exercise.

Seniors may develop health issues, such as arthritis, that make exercising difficult. Senior dogs often enjoy a short, leisurely walk for around 30 minutes each day.

Catering exercise to your dog’s age is vital, and if you aren’t sure how much exercise your dog should be getting, consult a veterinarian.

Breed

Between 30 minutes and 2 hours of daily exercise is a pretty large span. How do you know where your dog feels? One indication of how much exercise your dog may need depends on their breed (or their mixture of breeds). In general, smaller breeds do not need as much exercise as larger breeds and more active breeds need more exercise than the “lazier” breeds. 

Here are a few examples:

Smaller, toy breeds such as Chihuahuas, Miniature Poodles, and Yorkshire Terriers tend to be less active and will likely only need about 30 minutes of exercise each day.

Giant breeds, despite their size and strength, are known to be less energetic as well. These breeds include Great Danes, Mastiffs, and Newfoundlands.

Flat-nosed breeds such as Bulldogs, Pugs, and Shih Tzus, have poor breathing and respiration, so heavy and long bouts of exercise can be problematic. They also will benefit from shorter daily exercise: perhaps between 30 minutes and 1 hour each day.

Active breeds such as Collies, Shepherds, Terriers, Hounds, and Retrievers were bred to be working dogs. As a result, they require between 60 and 120 minutes of daily exercise. This is not only to maintain their physical health but their mental health as well. It’s worth noting that Working breeds who are not given adequate exercise often develop severe behavioral issues.

Other Factors Affecting Exercise

There are numerous factors that may contribute to how much exercise your pooch requires each day. Another important factor is health issues. Dogs with physical maladies such as arthritis or hip dysplasia will need much calmer, short bouts of exercise than a dog who is completely healthy.

As always, if you have any questions regarding your dog’s health, consult your veterinarian.