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Dogs are natural athletes that thrive when properly exercised.   Just as with people,  lack of exercise can predispose to obesity and poor health.   Dogs love get outside and just run for the heck of it.   They enjoy jogging with their owners or competing in agility competition.    Hunting dogs can’t wait for the beginning of hunting season, Frisbee dogs want a chance to display their agility and coursing hounds love the chance to compete and show off their speed.  As caregivers we need to provide these athletes a chance to get out of the house, have fun and get rid of all their pent up energy.   If you do nothing more than takes your dog for regular walks you will be doing both yourself and your pet a great benefit.    A young naturally active dog that is not given a chance to walk, run and jump will very likely become bored and stressed and look for ways to entertain him or herself in the form of destructive behavior such as chewing on furniture, lamp cords, shoes, and clothing.   A properly exercised dog on the other hand will be too tired to indulge in such activities.

Any dog owner knows that his dog is a phenomenal athlete who is capable of running rings around them but just because their dogs have natural speed and agility it should not be assumed that they have natural endurance and that they are immune to muscle, tendon, ligament and joint injury.     Dogs are mammals just like humans and although they maintain a four legged posture their basic anatomy is quite similar.   Dogs can sprain joints, rupture ligaments, bruise bones and tear muscles just as easily as we can and these soft tissue injuries can take weeks or months to heal, especially if the pet continues the same activities that encouraged the injury.    A dog that is not regularly exercised will develop sore tight muscles just as we do when we get out and play tennis or touch foot ball once a week.   If we want to jog or bike with our dog we need to approach such activities intelligently and work up gradually to a higher level of activity.    It is important to realize that dogs do not sweat so they may have a harder time getting rid of the heat produced from muscular exertion especially during the hot summer month.   If you are not sensitive to your dogs limitation of exercising him or her on a hot humid day could result in heat exhaustion.    Providing adequate water during such activities is essential for maintain proper body temperature and hydration.   Pouring some water over your dog’s neck and back can also help with controlling elevation in body heat.    During exercise of any kind pay attention to your dog’s behavior; if he appears to be slowing down and panting excessively then stop and allow your pet to catch his breath.    If you are on a walk or jog and your pet begins to limp, lag behind or just sits down then end the walk.    If the next day after exercising your dog has a hard time rising, seems wacked out or whimpers on being picked up then you need to reduce the intensity or length of exercise.

In order to help your pet recover more rapidly from exercise it would be good to massage your pet down either side of his or her spine from head to tail.   If your pet resists then lighten up on the pressure.   Find the level of pressure that he is comfortable with and then slowly increase the pressure and work deeper.   Giving your pet herbal or homeopathic “arnica” after exercise will help reduce muscular aches and pains.

If you are competitive canine sports enthusiast and you are trying gain a competitive edge over your competition you will be particularly interested in the following advice.    Feed your pet a homemade meat based diet using a professionally balanced recipe.  The diet should consist of at least 40% meat protein, fresh colorful veggies, and very limited grain.   Adding digestive enzyme, omega fatty acids, and trace mineral, and probiotic supplements will enhance nutrient absorption, reduce inflammation, prevent leaky gut syndrome, and properly alkalinize the body.   Glucosamine, chondroitin, dimethyl glycine and MSM are nutraceuticals which help to prevent injury by strengthening   and repairing connective tissue structures such as joint cartilage, ligaments, and tendons.  Creatine is an important supplement to consider if you want to help build your dogs muscle mass.   The addition of L carnitine, alpha lipoic acid, arginine and coenzyme Q10 will help enhance cellular energy production and consequently strength and endurance…     Dimethylglycine and Megahydrate are nutraceuticals that help to oxygenate, hydrate and detoxify muscle cells.    Homeopathic such as Traumeel, Spascupreel, and Thalmus can be placed in the pet’s drinking water and will reduce pain, inflammation and muscle spasm after strenuous competition.   Post competition   systemic enzymes,   will reduce inflammation and prevent tendonitis, myositis, and ligamentitis.    Of course it goes without saying that you should never knowingly use supplements or drugs to mask serious pain.   Doing so may help you win the competition but may cause permanent damage to the animal.

To maintain a competitive canine athlete in optimal conditioning you will want to consider holistic veterinary care in the form of chiropractic, acupuncture, cold laser therapy, trigger point therapy, pulsed magnetic therapy, and infrasonic therapy.    Professional canine massage therapy is another very beneficial modality that can help reduce musculoskeletal pain increase joint mobility and range of motion.

Always try to make exercising fun for both you and your pet.   Combine playing with training to help keep the dogs attention.   Read a book that teaches canine massage, canine stretching exercises and trigger point myotherapy.   Pay particular attention to your pet’s gait and posture  when he is in good health so that you will be able to pick up subtle  signs of pain and lameness in their earliest stage.  Remember that exercising is not only fun for you and your pet it is also very important for maintaining an ideal weight and for overall good health.


Woodside Animal Clinic is a unique, very personal, one doctor practice where, for over 35 years, Dr. Simon has been healing dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, ferrets rodents, and reptiles with both conventional andalternative medicine. Dr. Simon is certified in Acupuncture, Chiropractic and Stem cell therapy. He is the author of 4 pet care books, a past president of the Oakland County Veterinary Medical Association and past board member of the  American Holistic Veterinary Association.   Visit us at

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