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Exercising the Diabetic Dog

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A word of caution here; always visit your veterinarian before starting any exercise program for your diabetic dog.

With proper exercise, diabetes can be easier to control in a diabetic dog.  Exercise increases blood flow, improves insulin absorption, and helps lower blood glucose.  So how can you exercise your dog properly?  Follow the steps below.

Consistency

The first key to exercise for your diabetic dog is consistency.  Find a routine that fits your schedule, maintains a similiar level of exercise at least five days a week, and is within the guidelines that your veterinarian has laid out.

Types of Exercise

Both walking and swimming are excellent exercises for diabetic dogs.  A good brisk ten to fifteen minute walk or swim will vastly improve the health of your dog.  Running at full blast is not always necessary for an exercise to be effective at lower blood glucose levels in your pet.

Hiking is another good exercise.  Good trails for humans are also great for dogs especially if hilly.  Watch for signs of overexertion, such as excessive panting or falling behind.  Always be a good canine citizen and pick up after your dog.  Nobody likes to smell or step in your dog’s poop.

Play fetch or frisbee with your dog.  Most dogs love to fetch.

Gradually increase the whatever type of exercise you select until you can exercise at a pace and duration that your veterinarian has recommended.

Precautions

Always carry with you a little corn syrup or other concentrated sweet in case of lowered blood glucose.  Rub a little on their gums when you suspect their blood glucose is too low.

Stay hydrated. This applies to both you and your dog.  Carry water from home.  This reduces gastrointestinal upset in many dogs with sensitive stomachs.

Never exercise when the weather is too hot or too cold.  This is especially true in dogs with short snouts such as bulldogs or Boston Terriers.

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