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. But what happens when over-exercising the dogs?
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 a sudden overdose of exercising in dogs, 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.
Over Exercising in Dogs 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, 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 muscle 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.
Heatstroke or heat sickness is generally caused during summer. The body temperature increases above 106 degrees. This can be life-threatening.
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.
- Noisy breathing
- Collapsing or convulsion
- Change in Gum color
- Body Temperature
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 stifling 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.
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.
- Abnormal drooling
- Change in gum color
- Lack of urine.
- Rapid pulse.
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