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Heat or Ice, Which is Best for an Older Dog

By Michelle Monk / May 31, 2018 / 0 Comments
Heat or ice, which is best for an older dog - Dogs in Motion Blog

Knowing what is best for your older dog when it comes to treatment of their ailments and making them more comfortable can change as your dog gets older. If your dog is in pain or has an injury, the difference between using heat or ice can be the difference in the way they heal and…

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The Correct Way to Exercise a Mature Dog

By Michelle Monk / May 9, 2018 / 0 Comments
dogs in motion blog on how to exercise a mature dog by Michelle Monk

Do you have an older dog? Have you noticed changes in their mobility? This is common, just like it is with us when we age. Muscles can weaken and become less flexible, joints can get stiffer and sorer. These changes may progress slowly – you may just feel like your dog is slowing down- but…

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The importance of massage for older dogs

By Michelle Monk / May 3, 2018 / 0 Comments
Dogs in Motion article on the benefits of massage for older dogs by Michelle Monk

The longer we are on the planet the more we use and overuse our muscles. As we mature, repetition of certain movements such as walking, moving from sit to stand and bending can affect our muscles and joints and cause a reduction in mobility. This is the same for dogs too and why massage for…

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Prevent injuring yourself when looking after your dog

By Michelle Monk / February 24, 2018 / 0 Comments

Most of us will suffer from back pain at one time or another, but if you are having to lift, or move your dog, help it to stand or walk during recovery, or as they age, then you are increased risk of injuring yourself. As physiotherapists we are interested in not only rehabilitating your dog,…

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How do I choose the correct harness for my dog?

By Michelle Monk / February 16, 2017 / 0 Comments

This is a question we get asked at least once per day at Dogs In Motion. Choosing a harness that suits you and your dog is no mean feat! There are different harnesses for different purposes- and some suit some dogs and their owners better than others. Most of the harnesses we recommend and sell…

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Tips For Keeping Your Dog Amused During Confinement

By Michelle Monk / February 6, 2017 / 0 Comments

One of the biggest issues for owners and their dogs after injury or surgery can be the confinement that’s required to allow the body part to heal. For most soft or bony tissue injuries or surgeries, there will be a minimum of 8 weeks exercise restriction to allow the tissues time to rest and heal,…

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Will my dog’s muscles return to normal by themselves after canine injury or surgery?

By Michelle Monk / October 19, 2015 / 1 Comment

Answer: NO THEY WON’T! This is such a common question I am asked during a physiotherapy session with a canine patient. It is a common misconception that muscles just grow back to normal size by themselves after injury or surgery. Unfortunately for the patients, this is just NOT the case. Muscle Atrophy Muscle atrophy, or…

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Acupuncture for Dogs- Get the Facts

By Michelle Monk / September 8, 2015 / 0 Comments

Guest Post by Vet Acupuncturist Dr Sara Baldey What Is Acupuncture? Acupuncture is an ancient branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  It has been used in both people and animals for thousands of years.  Acupuncture utilises the body’s own ability to heal itself to establish health and balance in the patient. This is mediated through the…

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Don’t Let Dog Arthritis Cramp Your Dog’s Life Style – Part 2

By Michelle Monk / March 14, 2015 / 0 Comments

Top Tips to Beat Arthritis This is the second blog in the series on top tips to help your dog beat arthritis. Arthritis does not only affect older dogs. If we over-exercise our dogs, or if they carry excessive weight, or have had a joint injury or surgery, even as a young dog, then chances…

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Don’t Let Canine Arthritis Cramp Your Dog’s Style – Part 1

By Michelle Monk / February 4, 2015 / 0 Comments

Top Tips to Beat Arthritis As an animal physiotherapist, arthritis in dogs is one of the most common problems I see. Arthritis doesn’t discriminate. Dogs of all shapes, sizes, breeds and age groups can be affected. For many it is as a result of an injury or surgery to a joint. For others it can…

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