Ligament, muscle, and tendon injuries are common in dogs. More severe
injuries such as anterior cruciate ligament rupture and digital fractures
are seen more frequently. Many of these injuries are preventable with
simple warming exercises.
1 Start with passive range of
motion exercises for all limbs prior to any workout. Then flex and
hold, extend and hold.
2 Start your dog's walk slowly.
Give muscles time to warm up.
3 If available, walking in shallow
water such as a lake's edge increases range of motion and therefore
warm-up of the joints.
Allow your dog to stand on his rear legs. Hold your pet's forelegs
in passive restraint for a good body stretch.
5 After vigorous exercise, be
sure and cool your pet down by reversing the warm-up exercises suggested.
6 And by all means, keep your
pet slim. Obese dogs have 50% more arthritis, more injuries, and have
a shorter life span.