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Leg Strengthening exercises

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Lemonie68, Jun 27, 2020.


  1. Lemonie68

    Lemonie68 PetForums Newbie

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    My Bo has bad congestive heart failure. She can only walk a small distance a day so her usual exercise has dropped drastically overnight. She can't go in water even to just stand so swimming is out. Her back end is getting a little weaker and am looking for some exercises or massage therapy that would help. It would have to be at home as we can't afford to take her to a therapist at the moment. I encourage her to stand up in her trolley when we are out for a walk as to me it works her legs as she is constantly trying to balance as we go along. Does anybody have any other ideas of links etc.
     

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    Burrowzig PetForums VIP

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    Why can't she go in water - a hydrotherapy treadmill should work well. The water would be shallow, just enough to take some of her body weight, and warm. A non-slip mat in the bath, and her body supported in a sling or harness could be a substitute you could rig up at home for nothing.
     
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    For dogs with existing health issues relating to mobility it can be really dangerous to try and do things yourselves at home. Without the necessary training, experience and qualifications you could very easily cause further damage - and unfortunately meaning well doesn't stop that from happening.
    This is a good article/ audio about that: https://ourpetshealth.com/podcast/dog-physiotherapy-benefits

    To highlight the part of that link in question
    Is she insured? With many insurance policies nowadays, consults with canine physios are covered.

    Are you on Facebook? The group Canine Conditioning & Body Awareness has some excellent resources in the files. Information on how to talk to your insurer to get them to cover physio appointments, and a list of professionals who do online consults, which may be more accessible than in person, especially at present.
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/CanineConditioning.BodyAwareness/
     
  4. Lemonie68

    Lemonie68 PetForums Newbie

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    Every time she has gone into water she has been really ill the day after. We think it is the water pressure on her chest. She wouldn't be able to have a sling for the same reason.
     
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    Lemonie68 PetForums Newbie

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    She was insured for many years but we couldn't pay Aprils payment as we had no income for 7 weeks so the insurance cancelled. She became ill end of May. There is no option to pay for a physio at the moment.
     
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