Dogs with mobility problems due to hip dysplasia should engage in moderate, low contact activities. It is very important that a dog with Hip Dysplasia keeps moving. Exercising with Hip Dysplasia is a balancing act; too much can cause pain and too little makes the condition worse. Exercise is not only beneficial for a dog with this condition to aid with joint mobility – it also helps to rebuild and maintain muscle to support the joint, improves circulation to the area and contributes to weight management.
Dogs with severe mobility problems will benefit from forms of physical therapy that help to strengthen the muscles of the hind legs and the back, these muscles help support the hips and legs. Examples include sit-to-stand exercises (have the dog sit, then have him rise–this is similar to a human performing squats) and walking under obstacles such as chairs that require the dog to lower and raise his body.
Other forms of physical therapy include tissue massage and range of motion exercises that help to keep the joints in the legs fluid.
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