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Can Swimming Help Dogs With Joint Problems? 0

Posted on May 31, 2020 by John Harris

One of the main physical disorders which are responsible for the early demise of dogs is hip and joint problems. Over time the bone disorders worsen bringing in various secondary life-threatening ailments. 

However, there are certain physical exercises that are indeed helpful for dogs suffering from joint-related problems. 

Swimming is unanimously the best form of sporting activity that vets and dog experts can readily vouch for.

Why is swimming prescribed to dogs with joint and hip ailments?

Going back in history we can see that water exercises or hydrotherapy were highly recommended for greyhounds. These animals were constantly exposed to the hard surfaces while racing, so their bones and joints often developed injuries leading to arthritis or other joint problems. In those times effective alternatives like hip & joint supplements for dogs were not as easily available, so hydrotherapy in a warm water pool became a popular treatment method. 

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