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Stretches for Neck Flexibility

Why stretch your dog’s neck? Because they routinely get tight from looking up and down.  Stretching helps to release restrictions that can occur as your dog goes about his day. The neck moves in four directions so your stretching should be in those four directions.  Here how it’s done. Use flexion and extension to stretch


Diabetes in Dogs

Diabetes in humans is relatively common, but what about in our dogs? Actually, it’s quite common in dogs as well. While certain breeds such as Golden Retrievers, German Shepherd Dogs, Miniature Schnauzers, and Poodles are predisposed to diabetes, dogs who are obese are at a much greater risk for developing the disease. With 54% of


Running With Your Dog

Dogs love to run – you can see the excitement during play – they’re ready for the chase if the right incentives are there. Most times that incentive is me and my dog and I look forward to our run together.  Running is a great way to maintain my dog’s weight, improve muscle tone, maintain


How Can Hydrotherapy Help Your Dog?

Canine hydrotherapy combines high quality, non-weight bearing, low impact swimming and movement in water with therapeutic massage and/or other bodywork. In each session, the degree to which water movement and bodywork is combined is tailored to the individual needs of the dog. A healthy dog for example, may spend most of the session power swimming,


Exercising With Your Dog – How About Biking?

I try to be with my dog as much as possible – he’s young and energetic and I’ve noticed that walking him, even a few times a day, doesn’t provide enough exercise to burn off all his excess energy.  Running works, but I don’t like to run all the time and many people I know


Exercise and Your Dog

In our business, we’ve noticed that most people think aqua therapy and other structured exercise programs are only for dogs who have some sort of problem, such as arthritis, dysplasias, weight issues, and other joint or spinal problems. That can’t be farther from the truth. Just like humans, dogs need more exercise than they typically


Strength Exercises for your Senior Dog

Contributed by  Anthony Woerner, PTA and CCRP. One way to assist senior dogs is through muscle strengthening programs. By strengthening the muscles it can help alleviate weight on sore joints. There is substantial credible evidence that supports the use of resistance training to maintain muscle mass. For some seniors body weight and gravity is plenty


Alarming Statistics on Dog Obesity

Obesity is the number one preventable medical condition seen in veterinary hospitals today. A recent survey conducted by The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) revealed some startling facts: 55% of dogs were overweight or obese. This equates to 35 million overweight dogs and 11 million obese dogs. 62.7% of all golden retrievers and 58.9%


Exercise and Hip Dysplasia

Hip dysplasia is an abnormal formation of the hip socket, a hereditary condition and the most common single cause of arthritis of the hips in dogs.  In its more severe form, it can eventually cause crippling lameness and painful arthritis of the joints. Just because a dog has hip dysplasia doesn’t mean you want to


Why Are Dogs Overweight?

That’s a great question. Part of the problem is that people just don’t think their dogs are fat and are just fine the way they are. Even if they do recognize their dog is overweight, they may not understand the health ramifications of being fat and believe it’s OK. So how are our dogs getting



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