Here's a great article that I thought I would pass on...hope you find it interesting! –Kim
Walking an Arthritic Dog
October 6, 2010
Just like humans, many dogs experience the pain and discomfort of arthritis. For many of these dogs, because they do the same activity as their owners, they will have similar symptoms in the same joints as their humans. Arthritis in dogs is also treated very similar to human with pain relievers and physiotherapy to keep the joints from getting stiff.
Now there is recent evidence to show that walking your dog differently can actually improve their arthritis. The University of Medicine, Vienna, recently published an article in the American Journal of Veterinary Research comparing the different ways in which you walk your dog have different effects on their joints.
In this case study, a specially designed treadmill was used for the dogs. Movements of the dogs while walking uphill, downhill and over obstacles was observed. These findings were then compared to the movements a dog makes while walking on the level.
The results showed that walking uphill significantly improved the movements of the hip area, while walking downhill had no improved results. Walking over obstacles was the most effective physiotherapy bending of joints in the fore and hind limbs.
Both walking uphill and over obstacles are easy enough done with your pet and do not require any special equipment. If your pet has arthritis and is in need of physiotherapy, you may want to try these alternatives for much more improvement to your pet's joints.
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