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Hips hurting? We can help.

Updated: Apr 23




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Disclaimer:

If you suspect your pet has a hip issue, it is first important that you take your pet to your veterinarian to get an examination and receive a diagnosis. With all things, in order to correctly help your pet recover, a proper diagnosis is critical.


What causes hip pain and what should I look for?

Knee pain can happen for any number of reasons. Sometimes, genetics comes into play whereas others, there is an injury to blame. I find, most commonly, large breed dogs with excess weight on the joints and/or genetic malformation of the hip to blame


Regardless, a hip problem needs to be examined. Pets with hip pain will often waddle, skip up steps, sit asymmetrically, and have concurrent low back pain.




What can I do to help my pet at home?

The best thing you can start by doing is going to your vet to receive a proper diagnosis. After we know what structure are to blame, we can start doing some at home hands on work to get your pet on the road to recovery.


*Please see our knee rehab post as all the exercises that strengthen the knee are also great for the hip!

1. Stretching

The best thing you can do preventatively or reactively is start to add a stretching routine. If you know your dog is at risk or even if your pet has already had an injury, you should start doing these stretches! They are fairly simple and are easy to perform with your pet in the side lying position.



PHASE 1: feel better



2. Restoring motion

Once your pet has gotten used the the stretches and you are feeling confident in doing those, add the next layer. Passive stretching helps and feels good, but more we need to get better motion patterns into the hip. This next layer of exercises is going to work on gently getting better motion into the dysfunctional knee and getting the body (and brain) to remember how the joint is supposed to move. Do each exercise about 1-2 sets of 3-5 reps. Make sure to do both sides!



PHASE 2: move better





3. Strengthening

After you have completed a week or two of doing the last layer of exercises, then you can start focusing on strengthening the larger muscles of the hip. These exercises are tough and may be physically taxing! (If you don't feel comfortable seeing your pet struggle, it might be a good idea to take them to a professional certified in rehabilitation.) In order of least to most intensity, do the exercises as shown. Try to do 1-2 sets of 3-5 reps or a hold on the wobble disc for 30sec.


*For the last two exercises, if you don't have equipment, you can use broom handles and canned foods for the cavaletti poles and a couch cushion as a wobble disc


PHASE 3: staying strong





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