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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-07-2014, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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Build Muscle w/bad hips?

So, Loki's hips aren't the greatest, but they're not the worst. She's still trim and in perfect health, but I've noticed our daily walks/ball sessions/tug sessions are just not cutting it for her. Vet said being trim and muscled would be the best for her in the later years---not sure if that's true, but this vet has worked with Sheps before--only one around me I could find with 'extensive' knowledge.

I can try swimming, but she's normally not up for that, and it's getting cold quick down my way. I'd be worried about colds/pneumonia and such. We do some light jogging, but anything truly extensive and she starts to bunny hop, and I try to avoid getting her hips into that bad of a situation. There's a local park that I can take her too that allows her to run after her balls, and its a large area, so that where we normally go for our ball sessions. Not much area to hike around here, though.

She's on Diamond Naturals Extreme Athlete, four cups a day. She could maybe loose three or four pounds, but nothing heavy.
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Underwater treadmill. Sit-to-stands, hill walking.

Find a good rehab place and see if they can give you good excersises for her.

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Ball play became difficult for Alexis as she got older and the arthritis got worse (she is severely dysplastic) so we did a lot of free walking, hiking, just easy moving around. Now that she is 11.5 if I exercise her too much she is sore and if I don't exercise her enough she is sore. Still do free exercise and I will toss a ball for her a short distance here and there. I don't remember if I ever took her swimming. I think I used to.

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