The Physiological Effects of Exercise in Huskies

An Analysis and Evaluation of the Inter-relationship between the Locomotor, Respiratory and Circulatory Systems

The systems involved with movement and include the skeletal, muscular, nervous, cardiovascular respiratory, renal, hormonal, gastrointestinal and skin. All these system put together allows them to sustain long periods of sprinting, leaping and jumping in order to maintain their predatory status. (Sports Medicine Veterinary Supplies)

When a dog exercises there is an increase in joint flexibility and muscle tone. Regular exercise not only helps develop new bone growth but also helps strengthen existing bone. Younger dogs however should resist prolonged or excessive exercise until bones have stopped growing. The increase in muscle tone can help with the dog’s alignment which can also reduce the risk of injury. As the heart muscle strengthens, it is capable of pumping out larger volumes of blood along with vital nutrients and oxygen. The immune system is boosted and reduces the risk of arthritis in later life. Other benefits include reduced digestion problems and constipation and increases circulation and metabolic rate which helps lower blood pressure, reducing the risk of respiratory and heart disease, diabetes and obesity. (Nutrecare)

All exercise should start with a warm up to allow the blood flow to gently increase which in turn will help reduce the risk of injury and be finished off with a cooling down session so that any metabolic waste such as lactic acid that has been produced during exercise can be removed. This will help prevent any soreness in the muscles. (Nutrecare)

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