The following is posted with the kind permission of Sue Martin. Sue is available Fridays at Paws Connect. Please phone to book your appointment.
What would you do if your dog was running, jumping and happy one day…uncomfortable and lethargic the next? There are countless reasons why your dog may be uncomfortable so it’s always best to take your dog for an overall check. If you’ve done this already, here are a few things you can check at home to help your dogs range of motion.
Check your dogs toenails. If they are too long your dog may be placing weight towards the back of the foot causing an imbalanced posture and compensated movement.
What sort of bedding does your dog have? Be sure to check it isn’t sagging. If it’s sagging or loose (such as a hammock) chances are your dog’s musculature will be lengthened in one side and contracted on the other…ouch!
What’s your dogs weight? We may love our dogs, however we can tell them this and spend time with them. If you love them through food and they are overweight, this may seriously place strain on their soft tissue and joints.
What type of flooring do you have in your home? If your flooring is covered in polished boards, tiles or concrete this offers your dog nothing to grip when they are walking. This will cause enormous compensation and poor posture and is especially difficult for our arthritic dogs to navigate when getting out of bed in the morning.
Does your dog have a matted coat? If your dog needs grooming this will limit your dogs movement. You’ll be amazed by the difference once the coat is no longer restricting movement.
These points are a good start but are definitely just the beginning when finding long term comfort for your dog.