Like humans, as dogs grow old and enter their senior years, they naturally become less active and energetic. Pet parents must stay mindful that their dog’s wellness does not only include regular grooming, vet visits, and proper nutrition. Daily exercise is equally as important.
Although he or she may seem perfectly content lounging around the house all day, inactivity makes dogs more prone to obesity. This puts them at an increased risk of other serious medical conditions, such as diabetes, osteoarthritis, and heart disease. In addition to helping prevent health problems, physical exercise will keep them mentally stimulated, which is crucial for an animals’ overall well-being.
Benefits of Exercise for Senior Dogs:
- Helps keep joints, ligaments, and muscles strong
- Improves blood flow
- Reduces pain and/or inflammation
- Boosts mood
- Improves quality of life
Finding the appropriate exercise routine will depend on your dog’s physical health and what he or she is capable of handling. With this noted, it is best to consult with your veterinarian to discuss a gentle exercise routine that best fits your pet.
Unfortunately, many pets are faced with poor health before reaching their senior years. Take for instance arthritis, which has become extremely common among dogs of all ages. In fact, it is believed that 80% of dogs over the age of eight will suffer from some degree of arthritis.
Similar to arthritis in humans, this is a painful and often debilitating condition that will make it challenging for your beloved pup to remain active. Too much exercise can cause pain and too little makes the condition worse. But regular physical activity will help to keep their muscles strong and improve circulation to achy joints. Lack of activity leads to the condition worsening, causing joints to become even more achy and stiff. Finding the right balance is key.
So how is one to incorporate daily exercise in their pet’s routine when they’re suffering from a painful condition like arthritis? Thankfully, there’s a new product on the market that’s helping to give aging dogs back the wag in their tail!
Dog Med Laser (DML) is the only home-use certified Low-Level Laser designed specifically for your favorite companion’s well-being. It is a safe, effective, zero-risk device for temporary pain relief. DML has been designed specifically for use on dogs (and cats) suffering from musculoskeletal conditions like osteoarthritis (AR), hip and elbow dysplasia, spinal disks conditions, and patellar luxation. In addition, the DML can be used for accelerating wound closure on dogs and to temporarily reduce local inflammation and edema. If inflammation is reduced, the associated pain is also reduced or eliminated for a limited time. Treatments only take a few minutes and can be easily done twice a day.
Things to Know About Low-Level Lasers and Dog Med Laser:
- Low-Level Lasers have been proven safe over the years with no negative secondary affects ever recorded when applied onto humans or other animals since their first market approval by the FDA in 2002.
- DML does not burn, does not generate heat, does not generate hitching, and there are no risks to the eyes.
- No protective eyewear is needed for Class 2 Lasers.
- This technology has been certified safe for human and other animal use, as well as for home use.
- As with any treatment for pain, DML application results are temporary. With daily applications, twice a day if possible, it is possible to maintain pain relief for your pet.
The DML brand has an important mission to fulfill: To provide safe, affordable, and effective at-home pain relief to pets in pain without the dangerous side effects of heavy medication. Whether your senior dog is recovering from a surgery, suffering from a musculoskeletal condition, or just has less energy due to those inevitable aches and pains, Dog Med Laser’s groundbreaking technology is here to help temporarily reduce discomfort so that they can take part in and reap the benefits of a gentle exercise routine.