5 Ways To Prevent Arthritis In Our Pooch PalsAllison Espiritu
Believe it or not but just like humans, dogs can inherit arthritis, a joint disease that is very painful. Two types of arthritis can be found in dogs, degenerative, which is caused by cartilage destruction due to hip dysplasia and injuries, and inflammatory, which comes from an infection or auto-immune disorder. Check out five ways you can prevent your canine companion from being diagnosed with this debilitating disease!
5. Don’t overwork Fido at the dog park.
If you’re finding your pooch pal lounging during the week and then using all their energy at the dog park on the weekends, this may not be good for their muscles. A sedentary lifestyle followed by intense activity leaves them more prone to injury. It’s a good idea to get them to let out all their energy more than a few times a week so can help to build up their muscle strength. Or you can also have them take it easy on the few days they get to go to the park.
4. Create a exercise plan with a certified canine rehabilitation therapist.
Just like how we see personal trainers at the gym, it may be good to get your pooch pal one too! Certified canine rehabilitation therapists have the knowledge to create a exercise program and treatment plan that can help nip arthritis in the bud before it gets your four-legged friend. Some preventative exercises include chiropractic adjustments, mobility and range of motion stretches, and hydrotherapy to keep your canine strong and agile.
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