As the years go by, we all change and that includes our walking abilities. Katie used to run up to fifteen miles with Mom, now that she is a senior dog, she walks pretty slow most of the time and can’t go with us on all our walks because they are too long. The above photo was taken a couple weeks ago when Katie and I went for an hour walk with Mom. These days forty five minutes is about the longest she wants to walk. She was super happy and really enjoying herself.
A senior dog can be really active, even larger breeds, but Katie has arthritis issues that have been bothering her and getting worse for several years. Her one front leg is rather stiff, she drags her back left paw on and off, and occasionally when she is tired, her back end will start to collapse, but she catches herself. Until recently, she had bad arthritis in her paws and wouldn’t allow anyone to touch her paws. By this last summer, she really didn’t want to walk much more than around the block.
Thanks to BlogPaws, I received a bottle of Revitamal in June. I wasn’t asked to write a review after all, but we started giving this product to Katie. It took almost six weeks before we started to see some changes, but then she started feeling better and after about two months, her paws are as if she has no arthritis! Slowly we stopped her other pain meds and supplements and now the only thing she takes is Revitamal. She is still stiff and has her problems, but she wants to walk and wants to walk further more often, and occasionally, she even plays chase and wrestle, just for a couple minutes. We have recommended it to a couple other friends with senior dogs and both have reported seeing positive results.
Because of our age range, twelve, eight, and one, we rarely walk together. Usually, two of us walk, and then one, but we all still take our two to three walks a day. Katie rarely walks with Bailie because Bailie is a powerhouse, crazy, walking dog, and it is just too difficult. Katie and I walk together often, or Katie gets an alone with Mom walk. To work on her speed and get her heart rate up they do speed drills using driveways or lampposts. No running, but they speed walk, then walk slow, then speed walk, then slow.
Mom also has Katie doing squats which we learned from Slimdoggy. These help strengthen her back leg muscles. Mom brings treats along and has Katie sit, then get up and walk a couple steps, treat, then repeat. Katie does ten reps, once a day on a walk. After Katie does the squats, she seems to have a bit more pep in her step.
We find the most important thing is to listen to your senior dog, push them a bit, but be mindful of their age and physical condition. Keep them moving, but treat them like a grandparent.
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