In Week 10, we don’t want you to lose focus just yet. We will also discuss the importance of weight management and swimming as an exercise.
Weekly Rehab Instructions:
Don’t Lose Focus Just Yet!
So it has been 10 weeks of exercises, leash walking and other restrictions. Can you let your guard down yet? NO! Just because your dog seems back to normal, you still have to keep an eye on them. The last thing you want is for them to re-injure themselves. So stay focused and stay on track!
When I ask owners if their dog is overweight, the majority of the time the answer is “no”. However, in actuality, the dog usually is overweight. I cannot stress enough how important weight management is. Studies have been done which show that overweight dogs lived two years less than dogs who had an ideal body weight. So with that being said, maintaining your dog’s weight is something that you need to do.
Swimming as an Exercise
Swimming can be a great exercise for your dog. It can help increase muscle and range of motion. First, make sure you get approval from your veterinarian. Swimming is best done in a controlled environment with supervision. Your dog should be lifted in and out of the water and held in place or allowed to swim with assistance for about 2 – 5 minutes, once or twice a week. Never allow your dog to jump in or out of the water.