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I am so fortunate to be able to do what I love. Whether your best friend is a dog, cat, horse, alpaca or any other furry friend, it would be my absolute pleasure to be a part in their health and wellness and be your go-to Animal Chiropractor in Bend, Oregon or the surrounding areas. Like Chiropractic for humans, pets that receive adjustments are simply healthier and suffer less down the road. Don’t we owe it to our pets to give them the best and most pain-free life possible? They give us SO much in return!
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Since moving to Bend, Oregon in the Spring of 2012, I have been active in the community, indulging in many of the fun activities Bend, Oregon has to offer. I have had great success building relationships with local vets and I am grateful to have so much support within the professional community — I couldn’t be in a better place! . . . After all, Bend, Oregon is “DogTown USA“.
As many of you may know already know, fitness has always been a big part of my life. I strongly encourage my animal patients to get daily exercise. Just like people, with pets, the type and intensity will vary depending on the condition of the animal. So, I often provide pet-owners with “home care” to do with their pet. Immediately, when I moved here I knew I wanted to be involved with performance dogs. I am fortunate to have been selected to be involved with a local agility club, and have had the opportunity to work on a number of amazing canine athletes!
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I see a lot of dogs with hind end weakness and have a great strengthening and proprioceptive protocol for those patients. Less frequently, I see canine patients with front end weakness due to a variety of causes such as osteoarthritis of the shoulder joint, elbow, or carpals and injury.
One of the exercises I use to strengthen and re-train proprioception are wheelbarrowing. Before starting this specific exercise with your pup, be sure to check with your Veterinarian or Animal Chiropractor.
Start by picking up your dog’s hind end just above midline. You want to avoid creating too much extension in your dog’s spine. Use caution if your pet has a spinal injury, or is prone to back injuries (ie., Dachshunds). Shown below, I have used a pillow case to support the hind end. You can also use your arm or towel; just make sure he/she is comfortable. Walk forward for about 20 feet, turn around, and walk back to the start. That is 1 rep. To make it more challenging, walk on a decline. This will force more weight on the front limbs. Pace should be slow and controlled for even distribution of weight on each leg.
Dogs that will benefit:
- General forelimb weakness
- Poor coordination of the forelimb
- Arthritic changes in the shoulder, elbow, or carpals
- Recovery from injuries of the forelimb, including tendonitis and sprains/strains
- Competitive athletes, such as flyball and agility dogs
Start off with 5 reps for the first session and work your way up to 10 reps. Once you have mastered 10 reps with good form, try the decline challenge.
Please share your thoughts or questions you may have regarding this strengthening exercise.