Exercise is as essential to dogs as it is to humans. It is directly tied to a dog's physical, mental, and emotional health. A sedentary dog is a bored dog, and, in general, a less-than-optimally-healthy dog.
As dogs age, they still need their exercise
to benefit their heart, lungs, circulation, digestive system, and joints, and to help keep metabolism on track. Compared with younger dogs, however, older dogs need to adjust the type and duration of the exercise they do.
We recommend two short walks per day. Ideally, you will want each walk to last 15 minutes or so. However, before you head out, there are some things to take care of first, so that your senior can enjoy being outside, and to help prevent issues.
#1. Older Poms tend to get chilled easy.
If your Pom is showing an intolerance, place a small lined vest on him to help maintain core body temperature and keep the chills at bay.
#2 Senior Pom tend to be sensitive to walking surfaces; so now more than ever, you will want to protect the paws from both hot summer surfaces and freezing winter surfaces. Use a quality paw wax that adds traction, adds a layer of protection, and helps to keep paws from drying out.
#3 A Senior Pom's nose may be even more prone to issues.
A drying or peeling, or even chapping in response to outdoor elements is common. Use a quality nose butter to both protect and heal.
#4 Seniors may be a bit unsteady, or look for some more help with balance when outside.
While it is recommended for Poms of all ages, be sure that your senior has a sturdy, well-fitting harness as opposed to a collar when on leash.