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What You Need To Know About Exercise Intolerance in Dogs

When it comes to most of our furry friends, they get really excited at the mention of the word “walk” or when we reach for their leash. Dogs know when they’re about to go outside and get to go on a walk and sniff all of the smells beyond the confines of their front yard. This excitement usually manifests itself in barking, jumping, or a wagging tail, as man’s best friend shows appreciation for the opportunity to get some exercise.

However, not all dogs have this reaction at the prospect of getting exercise. If your dog quickly gets out of breath after only a little exercising, or if your dog shows signs of lethargy when you tell them it is time to go outside for a walk, then your dog might be showing symptoms of exercise intolerance.

If you find your dog showing symptoms such as the ones detailed above, as a dog owner, you might find this to be a cause for concern. If you identify the cause of your pup’s exercise intolerance, however, it will make it much easier to remedy the issue. The following are some of the causes of exercise intolerance in dogs that you may want to watch out for:

  • Overweight: If your pooch is overweight, this might result in exercise intolerance. Because moving around puts so much more strain on their bodies than it would if they were in shape, then they will quickly find themselves worn out, tired, and overexerted. In dogs, obesity is not always caused by a bad diet or lack of exercise, but sometimes a change in lifestyle or simply getting older can be enough to cause the scale to go up. You should be able to feel your dogs ribs if you rub your hand along their side; if not, your dog might weigh more than it should and you could potentially consider some lifestyle changes for them.

 

  • Age: As dogs get older, they will experience a lot of physical changes that might make it harder for them to go outside and get some exercise. Just as happens with humans as they age, it can be more difficult for a dog to keep in shape when they are getting old. As your furry friend gets older, it is a good idea to consult your vet to see what you can do to keep your dog in their best health for as long as possible.

 

  • Respiratory Problems: A lot of dogs don’t have to do much exercise, if any at all, before they become short of breath. The cause of this is often a respiratory issue, such as asthma, bronchitis, or a lung infection. If you suspect any of these might be going on with your dog and making exercise difficult for them, consider getting them into a vet to see what you can do to help them.

 

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