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Old 08-22-2018, 11:30 AM
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Exercises for a BC with a bad back

HI everyone,
My oldest BC, 10yr old Zorro has been suffering slightly from his back for some time now and well, age is not improving things. He, unlike his "wife" is thankfully not overweight so at least I don't have to worry about that, but i was wondering if there's any "good" kind of exercises I can have him do to help keep his mobility intact for as long as possible. Unfortunately we no longer live near a dam and he's never taken to swimming in the ocean so swimming is pretty much out of the question. Will long walks on the beach be harmful? Which is worse - beach or street? I'm guessing street?
What else can I do for him? Will supplements help? What kind is best?

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Old 08-22-2018, 08:28 PM
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How you treat and what exercises might be appropriate for him, really depends on exactly what the problem is. Is it arthritis, damaged discs between vertebrae, stenosis or??? Some vets offer, or can refer you to a doggie physical therapy facility, where they deal with these types of issues. I would be reluctant to start any kind of exercise with or for him until you have some recommendations from your Vet. Having him do the wrong exercise could really set him back, instead of helping.
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It looks like he's doing some great back stretching yoga in the photo 😊 I think it's more things to discourage than encourage with back issues. jumping, sprinting & stairs can make it worse. You could look into how to minimise potential worsening that way. You could also look into spiritual healing for pets I had a spiritual allignment & so did my dog by a japanese guy, he didnt make physical contact somehow we both felt heaps better afterwards he looked at my dogs posture & told me all about it & what to do, it was really kool. You could learn canine myo therapy too.
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