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Stair Climbing as an Exercise for Your Dog

We’ve had a number of dogs recently with knee and hip issues, and their owners are wondering what they can do themselves to help the dogs gain strength in their hind ends. There are a number of different exercises you can do, but this article focuses specifically on stair climbing, a great exercise for most


The Importance of Exercising Your Older Dog

Is your dog over 7 years old? Is he over weight? Is he moving more slowly than he used to? Just like with humans, as dogs age, their bodies begin to change. Their metabolism slows and their activity level decreases, so their need for the same calorie count decreases. One of the reasons why older


Take Care in Jogging with Your Puppy

We know a number of people who have recently gotten puppies and they want to be able to jog with their pups. That’s great, but you have to be careful with young dogs whose growth plates are not yet closed. What does this mean? Growth plates are the soft areas on the ends of the


Trimming Your Dog’s Nails

  Have you looked at your dog’s nails recently? How long are they? Recently, we’ve noticed a larger number of dogs whose nails are much too long, to the point where it’s actually interfering with their gait. Long nails not only look bad, but they can also cause a myriad of problems. Some of these


Fitness Walking with Your Dog

I just read a great article by integrative veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker about power walking and how good of an exercise it is for both you and your dog. I don’t know about you, but because the weather so nice right now in Central Florida, I just want to be outside! As such, I thought


Teach Your Dog to Fetch

You know you need to exercise your dog but often don’t have enough time. A walk just doesn’t seem to do enough to burn his excess energy. What can you do? A game of fetch may be the perfect answer! It’s easy to fit into your busy schedule, and it requires nothing more than a


Exercise and Memory

With a new year, many of us are making resolutions that involve more exercise to help us get into better physical shape, lose weight, lower our risk of disease and more. But what we may not think of is the positive effect exercise has on our brains. Scientists already know from lab experiments that rats


Warm Up Exercises for Your Dog

Now that winter is almost here, and it will soon be colder outside, it’s important to think of warming up your dog’s muscles prior to any exercise, like going for a jog. Warming up prior to exercise is important all year long but is especially important during colder months. Even if all you do is


ACL Tears in Dogs – Can You Prevent Them?

In the years that we’ve been working with dogs, doing hydrotherapy and conditioning for many orthopedic issues, we’ve seen more CCL (also known as ACL) tears than we can count. In fact veterinarians report that it is one of the most commonly seen orthopedic issues. What is the CCL? Ligaments are bands of connective or


Balance Exercises for Your Dog

I was talking to a new boarding client the other day who was asking for some suggestions for his young Aussiedoodle who has hip dysplasia. At less than a year old, the dog had FHO surgery on one hip. He is now almost 2 years old and his dad would like to know what he



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