Exercise and the Treatment of Arthritis in Pets

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dog_lifting_weights_-_popoeverAs if we needed more reasons to exercise our dog! Jennifer Coates, DVM writes on petMd.com about the benefits of exercise and how it can help in the treatment of arthritis and joint and tendon/ligament pain in your pet.  The complete story is here:

Exercise and the Treatment of Arthritis in Pets | petMD.

Dr. Coates describes the four main benefits of exercise as (italics mine):

  • Exercise keeps the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that surround joints strong. Weak supportive tissues promote joint laxity (looseness), which can worsen arthritis.
  • Exercise promotes a normal range of motion of a joint, preventing stiffness.
  • Exercise helps keep pets slim. Extra weight increases the load that the animal has to bear on a joint, making movement even more painful. We are also just beginning to understand the adverse physiological effect that excess fat can have on the body (e.g., increasing inflammation).
  • Exercise stimulates the production of high-quality joint fluid which lubricates the joint and nourishes cartilage.

Read that list again.  It sounds like a magic elixir doesn’t it?  If a vet, or human doctor for that matter, promoted a treatment with such benefits, there would be lines several miles long to get into their office for a consultation.  So what are you waiting for?  Get off your butt, work out with your mutt.

Tell us about how you exercise with your dog!  What else do you do besides walking?  Has your dog helped you stay motivated with your own fitness routine?  Share your stories in our comments!


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  1. We’re always trying to think of fun ways to exercise together. You’re so right–it’s good for both of us!
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  2. Daily walks, twice daily on the weekends, for at least 30 minutes, but I prefer 50-60 minutes. With Sydney, we walk up to 1/2 mile while we get her strength up. For the boys, it’s 2.5 miles.

    It helps me unwind from the day and get more into the moment.
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