Franklin Animal Clinic Inc.

1623 Pittsburgh Road
Franklin, PA 16323

(814)437-5768

www.franklinanimalclinic.vet

Does Exercise Help Arthritis???

 

Yes, exercise can definetly help arthritis!! But the question is what type and how often??? Here are some simple guidelines to help you out:

  • The most important rule is to only do what your pet is able.

  • When able, chose areas with softer ground and good traction. Blacktop may be too hard and too hot for older feet and sandy soil makes it harder to walk.

  • A slow steady pace is just right for older dogs. As your pet becomes stronger, you can walk a little faster, but remember exercise in older dogs is about keeping joints limber and muscles loose. We're not doing "body building", we're doing "body maintenance".

  • Start out with shorter walks and build from there. A 1/4 mile walk every day is better than a 2 mile hike once a week.

  • Games like "fetch" and "catch" are still good for your older dog, but remember not to over do it....don't throw the ball as far and don't play as long.