It's definitely best to keep these dogs up and moving if your veterinarian has prescribed medication to help with the pain. It’s definitely best to give this medication about an hour or before you're going to exercise, that's so important. It's works so much better and it's so much more effective for your dog to have that medication in the system.
Exercise a dog with hip dysplasia
Since we all know very well how hip dysplasia affects our beloved dogs, it's time to discuss some of the best exercises for dogs with this painful condition. These exercises are not only easier for dogs with hip dysplasia to accomplish, but can result in added strength over time.
Go for a swim
Water treadmills and using pet hydrotherapy pools with the help of a professional (Petplan, like most pet insurance policies, will provide a limited number of hydrotherapy sessions) are quite common nowadays. Swimming in ponds, rivers or lakes is also good. Just be careful that your pet does’t get injured climbing up wet slippery banks, especially if he's young and excitable.
Plain old walking
For dogs with hip dysplasia, remember to avoid hard surfaces as much as possible, such as asphalt or concrete, and stick to dirt trails or grassy hills. If you can find uneven surfaces that are soft, that actually helps them develop more placement ability. They are able to get their feet and exercise different parts of their body and just keeping their balance, which strengthens their core as well.
So, you ask your dog to sit and then you move back a little bit and you say come here, and then when they come, you give them a little, tiny treat, and then you say sit again, then they sit, you back up a little bit, and you say come here, they come, you give them a little tiny treat. So they sit, then they stand, then they sit, then they stand. That motion, that closes the hip joint and opens the hip joint, closes the hip joint and opens the hip joint. And that motion keeps that joint lubricated and loose. By practicing for 5-10 minutes a day, your dog will combat muscle depletion in their hindquarters.
Stretching & range of motion exercises with heat therapy
Heat therapy can be used to relieve your dog's joint pain and promote healing, helping to reduce pain and increase blood flow. The use of heated therapy brace is a good way to increase the metabolism and stretching capacity of the local tissue, helping to prevent the dog from becoming trapped in a vicious cycle of joint pain and stiffness.
Heat therapy is easiest when your dog is lying down and relaxing. It is not uncommon for your dog to fall asleep during hyperthermia, which shows how soothing this treatment can be. For dogs with arthritis, you can use heated braces to help relieve painful joints: shoulders, elbows, and wrists on the front legs, and hips, knees, and ankles on the back legs.
However, it is important to note that dogs should not be treated with heat therapy for 72 hours after surgery or injury. Later, for dogs that are injured or recovering from surgery, the heating brace can be applied to any affected area of the body.SHOP NOW >