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kier629 posted:
I have two small active dogs age two and six. The two yr old is very active and id like to know whats a safe distance to walk them daily? is 7 miles too much? the two yr old is a beagle min pin mix and six yr is maltese chihuahua mix.
Bernadine Cruz, DVM responded:
I am so happy that you are interested in giving your pets some vigorous exercise. What is safe is a matter of general conditioning, underlying medical issues, temperature and attitude. If they are pudgy, not used to exercise and prefer to lounge rather than trot, very short walks may be what the doctor least until they build up to the 7 miles. I would suggest that you have both of them checked out by your primary care veterinarian to determine their general conditioning. I had a small Chihuahua mix that was a bit plump and had bad knees. She loved going for a walk but it was not fast and we didn't get far before she would sit down and refuse to go further. I purchased a child's umbrella stroller (it folds down to the size of an umbrella) and would bring it along on our walks. When she tired, I would open the stroller, pop her in it, attach the seat belt to her harness and off we would go. This may be something you might look into.
Bottom line...start slow, watch your pups for getting overly tired, hot or stressed...stop before you get to this point.

Enjoy the exercise...
Dr Bernadine Cruz


Bernadine D. Cruz, DVM, is an associate veterinarian at Laguna Hills Animal Hospital, Laguna Hills, Calif. She specializes in companion animal medicin...More

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