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55 Victoria Road
Clare SA 5453
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Ph  08 88422822
E-mail: clare@cvvs.com.au

Consulting Hours:
Monday to Friday
9am-5pm
Saturday
9am-11am
 

  CONTACT JAMESTOWN

4 Vohr Street
Jamestown SA 5491
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Ph  08 86640923
E-mail: jamestown@cvvs.com.au

Consulting Hours
Tuesday and Thursday
9am-5pm

 
   
Clare Valley Veterinary Services

Clare 8842 2822     Jamestown 8664 0923     Emergency 0408 422 822
  5 easy exercises to improve your dog's mobility

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.

 

5.      Walking

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

 
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