Surrey Veterinary Physiotherapy

Watching your dog run freely through the countryside, whilst enjoying the fresh air is one of the great pluses of owning a four-legged friend, but always letting your dog run free can have some disadvantages. I advocate one walking walk a week, and here's why;

  • It’s very easy, especially for smaller dogs, to compensate for painful pathologies when a faster gait is used. The momentum of a faster gait allows the hindlegs in particular to just follow along for the ride. Slowing things down allows you to check that your dog is using all of his limbs correctly, taking even length strides, with the hind foot falls in line with those of the font feet. As he walks listen to check that claws aren’t scuffing, watch to see if his body is curled to the left or right as he moves, as he sits at kerbs watch to see that he sits evenly, and not over onto one leg. If you walk over wet sand or mud retrace your steps and have a look at his foot prints, are they evenly spaced on the left and right sides? Are the foot falls in two tracks?
  • We have fantastic walking country here, with a variety of different surfaces to take your dog over; tarmac and concrete, sand, grass, shallow water, pebbles, and surfaces he may ordinarily avoid. Using these on a walk, will improve your dog’s proprioception (ability to know where his legs are in time and space) by activating sensory nerves. Soft tissues injuries are more evident when your dog walks over softer surfaces such as on grass. Joint problems show up more when your dog walks on hard surfaces.
  • Muscles are made up of fast and slow twitch fibres, slow exercise effectively works the slow twitch fibres, which can otherwise remain under used.
  • Hopefully your dog will never become injured, but if they do, their rehabilitation is likely to involve periods of restricted, on the lead exercise. If your dog is routinely used to this, the mental distress of not being able to run freely is likely to be reduced.
  • Hopefully you will never be injured, but if you are, it is much easier for a stand-in dog walker to walk your dog safely on the lead.
  • Walking walks can provide huge amounts of mental stimulation for your dog, heel work, sit to stand transitions at the kerb, walking up and down inclines, weaving around lamposts, and taking in new sights and sounds can all be as tiring for your dog as a good run. Improving his mental stamina is always beneficial.


Mobile Animal Physiotherapy Service

Mobile Animal Physiotherapist providing Equine Massage, Canine Massage, Pet Physiotherapy, Equine Physiotherapy, Canine Physiotherapy, Veterinary Physiotherapy Referral and Animal Rehabilitation services. Animal Physiotherapy in Surrey, Hampshire, West Sussex, Guildford, Aldershot, Farnham, Woking, Milford, Godalming, Hindhead, Farnborough, Elstead, Bordon, Liss, and Liphook. Physiotherapist in Animal Therapy

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