We have all heard of the saying that a dog needs to be walked every day. For years, it was accepted as the standard. Now though, some people are questioning this. Perhaps this is because they don’t have time to walk their pets every day.
When it comes to your dog’s health, you should be walking every day, and so should your dog. Some dogs will need more exercise than others, though. Visualise one of those cute, snorty pugs that can barely get off the couch. Bulldogs and some other dogs fall into this category. These kinds of dogs appear to be extremely lazy, and they are. But that doesn’t mean they don’t need to be walked. Even these lazy dogs should be walked preferably once a day.
Aim for a 10-15 minute walk a day, or at minimum, 2-3 times a week. You can also supplement exercise for dogs by playing in a yard if you have one.
Certain breeds are known as working dogs. These dogs are much more akin to exercise. You can compare the difference to a human athlete versus a couch potato. Younger dogs need to be walked a lot because they have so much energy. They are like adolescent humans; they are full of energy and need an outlet for it; otherwise, there can be trouble.
I used to live next door to a couple who were almost seventy. The couple adopted a dog from a shelter because it looked like one of their former pets. It was a lurcher crossed with a collie. The unfortunate thing about lurchers is that they not only have boundless energy; they are also very fast and excellent jumpers. Essentially this makes them great escape artists. This seventy-year-old couple spent a lot of time searching for their dog in the local village. It got to a point where it was an incredible source of stress for them.
Toxin build-up and inflammation
Keeping energy down is only one reason why you need to exercise your pet regularly. Dogs, like humans, have an internal system of channels that can quickly become blocked through muscular tension, inflammation and toxin build-up. The internal arrangement of the dog is not dissimilar from the internal mechanism of a car. They are both pressurised systems. What this means is that if the system is blocked, it reduces the space in the internal network, and this raises the blood pressure, placing strain on the heart. You can compare this to when a car engine is blocked; it raises the oil pressure, putting stress on the head gasket, which can eventually crack.
So, when a dog exercises, it elevates the heart rate, which pumps blood and oxygen around the body faster. This increased pressure can forcefully unblock any toxin build-ups within the body. It can flood the muscles with fresh blood and oxygen, forcing them to relax, and it can help to reduce inflammation. In terms of toxins, this is why you can often feel sick after vigorous exercise—the exercise and subsequent unblocking flood the liver with toxins that were previously in the bloodstream. So, for a dogs’ system to function correctly, it is essential to give them regular exercise.
Arthritis in Dogs
The inflammation in both a human and a dog’s body is often found within the joints instead of the straight parts of the body. The joints of the body can quickly accumulate toxins over time as the joints sit between the big muscles.
These big muscles, when under excessive tension can close the channels, squeezing toxins into the joints and holding them in there. From this build-up of toxins, inflammation occurs, and ultimately cartilage of the joints starts to break down under the pressure of a toxic bath and with no supply of fresh oxygen. When the cartilage breaks down entirely on the bones begin rubbing together – that is arthritis.
By the time a dog has gotten to a point where they have developed arthritis, it is almost too late. Regularly walking your dog will help prevent it from getting to this stage. As humans, it can be hard to find time to even walk ourselves these days. But, if you take on the responsibility of being a dog owner, you need to be prepared to provide daily, or at the very least, bi-daily walks to your furry friends.
If you have already passed this point, then walking your dog may increase their pain until you can get it fixed. The inflammation is often treated with prescription drugs, but several dog supplements are discussed these days. CBD Hemp oil has received a lot of press. There is a lot of evidence to show that supplementing your dog with high-quality CBD oil helps reduce inflammation and treat arthritis pain. Glucosamine is another dog supplement that has grown in popularity.
Collagen for Dogs
Collagen supplements are another powerful treatment for dogs with arthritis pain.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the animal kingdom. There are 16 types of collagen, but nearly all the collagen in your body is type I, II or III. Types I and III are found in your skin, tendons, organs and bone. Type II collagen is found in your cartilage – and hence, its link to arthritis.
Collagen is the mortar that holds together the bricks of the body. Supplementing with dog collagen can stimulate the body to regrow cartilage. Also, it can reduce inflammation arthritis pain.
Of course, prevention is far better than cure. If you want to avoid your dog developing arthritis in the joints, it is best to have a long-term plan of feeding your dog a clean diet and walking them as regularly as possible.