Your veterinarian can guide you with rehabilitation techniques that can relieve pain, improve muscle strength, and promote cartilage, tendon and ligament health. Rehabilitation techniques include applications of cold and heat, massage, stretching and range-of-motion exercises.

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Check with your vet.Your vet can provide you with a rehabilitation plan appropriate for your dog, including regular application of ice packs and heat wraps, as well as exercise regimens.

Therapeutic exercise helps.Your vet may recommend guided exercises in which a therapist moves affected muscles through slow, calm movements to improve range of motion.

Consider laser or ultrasound therapy.

Electrical stimulation can restore strength. This method retrains muscles weakened by lack of exercise.

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Exercise:

Taking your canine pal out for a daily workout will keep her weight under control, her muscles strong and joints limber. If she has osteoarthritis, you may need to take shorter walks, or skip the Frisbee®.

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Diet:

Research shows that the right diet can help reduce inflammation and limit damage to cartilage.

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