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How to recognise inflammation pain

There is great value in recognising inflammation-causing symptoms sooner rather than later. The later you recognise them the poorer the long-term outcomes may be for your fur buddy! Sometimes recognising these symptoms may even be…
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5 Ways Warm-Ups Help Your Competition Dog

Just as human athletes benefit from warm-ups before workouts, practice drills and competitions, so do our canine athletes benefit in much the same way. Proper warm-ups increase several physical functions as well as all those processes…
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Can Arthritis Be Reversed?

Why does a joint develop arthritis? There may be a number of reasons for this. But let's look at the ones at the top of the list:   Mechanical Damage This happens when the mechanics or the normal workings of a joint is not correct.…
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Bulletproofing K9 hind leg muscles in 6 easy steps

Hind leg and in particular, hamstring strains are a very common injury in sport dogs. Hind leg muscles are very important for all K9 sports: fighting helpers in IGP and PSA, fast, explosive jumps, pull aways (acceleration) in dumbbell…
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Stand for 10 seconds

Can he stand still for just 10 seconds? Ask this question whether your dog is a young puppy or is a seasoned veteran. Determining if your dog can or can’t stand for 10 seconds, may provide loads of information.   What does…
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“Off-Season” vs Training Season in Dog Sports?

Do Canine Athletes have an off-season while training for their sport? Have you considered: What we are putting our dogs through to get to the 'big' events? Are dog sports unique? Should we push our dogs to go and go and go? What…
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Green Lipped Mussel from New Zealand. So?

We have all heard about Green Lipped Mussel for joints.  But what is the big idea about them and is any mussel okay? New Zealand Green Lipped Mussel or Perna Canaliculus is an edible green-lipped mussel sourced from the waters of New Zealand.…
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Extreme Exercise is a Thing?

Extreme Fitness Exercise — We see these with humans all the time.  The circus, sports for strength, flexibility, speed, endurance - they all have extremes.  We have seen some of these extreme outcomes, but we also gasp thinking:  are they…
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Puppy growth on a plate

The closing of growth rates in puppies varies greatly in dogs of differing sizes and differing breeds. This makes your puppy’s diet and exercises very important factors when it comes to proper growth rates of bone, muscle, ligaments,…
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Running Hot to Trot!

Many people enjoy running and jogging. It may also be the reason you got your dog in the first place. There may be nothing better than running with your dog to keep you company as you enjoy the fresh morning air with him. However, to enjoy…
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How to build a quality dog exercise program

A good exercise program should address specific needs. This is true for both people and dogs. These needs prompt the solutions which will help your dog reach his goals. The best canine fitness programs will include understanding many variables…
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Sprains, Strains and ...

So what’s the difference between sprains and stains? Sprains and strains both affect joints and soft tissues of the musculoskeletal system. The signs of both injuries are very similar. These words are often used interchangeably. For some…
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Toe Injuries are a surprise!

I must admit that toes are something that I rarely thought about. Once I started really thinking about my dog’s toes, I can see why they form a vital foundation for your dog’s performance. Toes are important! Missed or poorly treated toe…
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Stretching with confidence!

Stretching is an excellent way to improve mobility and flexibility.  However, a common worry when stretching your dog is the fear of stretching too far and hurting your dog.   A human can self-monitor a stretch, but can you always…
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Iliopsoas Strains - Let's twist again!

Canine athletes, working dogs or even active companion pets that : accelerate quickly (like sprinters to fetch the ball!) jump (either in a trial or on and over a couch) brake abruptly (during a dumbbell retrieve or fetching his ball) …
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Can you reduce Hip Dysplasia right now?

The short answer: Yes, you can help reduce the risk of developing hip dysplasia in your puppy.   Recently I came across the following enquiry: Which x-ray protocols is best to use to determine if your dog has hip dysplasia?   My…
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Canine "Drive"-ing. Know the risks

What does it mean when people talk about the “drive” of their dog. It is a term commonly used among working or performance dog handlers and trainers. Working and performance dogs are selectively bred and trained to have a high drive.   This…
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What about structure? He's my best fur buddy!

“Angulation…. Withers… Croup… - Never heard of her!” (This is Structure lingo!) "In any case, what do I need that for? Fido is my beach buddy! We don’t go near a show ring!”   Any average, loving pet owner has almost…
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Hip Dysplasia in Dogs - An update summary

Hip dysplasia: a significant cause of pain and disability in dogs.   This remains true even after decades of research into its causes and diligent efforts by breeders to reduce risk through selective breeding. A new review article…
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7 Reasons Why You Need To Strengthen Your Pet

7 Reasons Why You Need To Strengthen Your Pet ~by Dr Megan Kelly of Holsiticvet We all get told the benefits of exercise and strength training for ourselves but how many of us see the same importance for our pets? So let's see what the…
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There's Magic in Movement!

This is so true when we see dogs with arthritis. So strange that this degenerative joint condition is eased by the one thing it inhibits - movement! Regular movement helps manage muscular and joint pain. It keeps muscles and joints flexible. We…
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To throw or not to throw?

I have seen a dog have to retire from sports due to injury from simply playing ball. An I must admit that I was guilty of zealous ball throwing too. "In the past two days, I have worked with two dogs injured from overzealous ball playing,…
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Overweight dogs live less

Study finds overweight dogs live shorter lives. Although this is a New Research published Feb 13, 2019, it's not new news. Pets, like people, have a shorter lifespan if overweight.   But let's see the research: Banfield Pet…
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Puppies thrive when exercise is age appropriate.

A puppy is not a little big dog. Their growth plates and bones are made up completely differently to an adult dog. Fact: A puppy's immature, young body cannot endure excessive amounts of exercise stress. They will suffer long-term negative…
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Heads Up Obedience - Physical Ramifications?

Some of you may know that I am actively involved in sports and competition with my dogs - I love it!. This includes obedience at a competitive level. For those that don't know what this looks like:  the dog walks on your left-hand side…
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Sporting Dog? 8 ways to prevent injuries

Sporting dogs are mostly high drive or athletic dogs! Pet owners would just call them really active! Most high drive or energetic dogs compete in sports such as flyball, agility, dock diving or sledding. Because of their activities…
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3 ways to prevent pain caused by muscle injuries.

Is your dog in pain? What are the signs? Is it a muscular injury? How can I avoid muscular injuries in my dog?   Jackie Crawford of Canine Muscle Works, Australia helps us address these questions below. Dogs that exercise…