As the temperature drops, your dog’s arthritis symptoms can become even more painful. Luckily, there are some simple and fun therapeutic exercises that ensure your pet remains mobile and active during winter.
Therapeutic exercises can decrease joint strain and build muscles to support the joints, so here are five exercises for your dog to try today:
1. Sit to Stand
Have your pet sit normally with both hindlimbs tucked against the body (no leaning to one side). Then ask them to directly stand up without stepping forward. Repeat 3 to 5 times a day.
2. Down to Stand
Instruct your pet to a down “sphinx” position and then directly stand up without stepping forward. A treat may help them focus.
3. 3-leg Standing
In a standing position, gently lift one hindlimb for 5 seconds. Repeat 3 to 5 times a day, increasing to 30 seconds after a few weeks.
4. Cross-leg Standing
In a standing position, gently lift one hindlimb and the opposite frontlimb at the same time for 5 seconds. Repeat 3 to 5 times a day, increasing to 30 seconds after a few weeks.
Walk up and down hills or ramps gradually increasing over time to help increase range of motion.
Caution: Do not attempt these exercises if your pet appears to be in pain