Guide to Canine Arthritis Exercise,
and Non-Traditional Approaches to Therapy
Table of Contents
"The goals of canine arthritis exercise and physical therapy programs is to find an exercise routine that protects the joints from excessive mechanical stress, while providing dogs with the exercise they need to maintain good health. Recommended periods of rest and exercise depend on each dog's clinical signs and level of pain. Approaches such as swimming offer dogs the best of both worlds, the ability to exercise with a minimal load on the joints. In addition to swimming, Walking is a preferred form of exercise for periods of 20 minutes or more depending on your pets strength. Some exercise, even if it is slow and steady is always better than no exercise. Make accommodations where needed such as soft surfaces like grass instead of pavement."