Growth and Exercise Management in Dogs

by Aisling Carroll MSc, BSc (Hons), PGCE TLHE (Dist.), FHEA Dog owners are recommended to walk their dog daily, to keep the animal physically active and to provide mental stimulation. Depending on the age, breed and size of the dog, the physical requirements and limits to exercise will differ. Young, developing dogs undergo significant physical changes, especially during the first 12-18 months of life. This development primarily focuses on growth plate closures (also known as physes), these are cartilaginous discs that separate the epiphysis from the metaphysis and are responsible for longitudinal growth of long bones. The longitudinal growth of...

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