Five stretches for your senior pooch

Hip flexors are important in enabling Fido to move
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It’s important to stretch those muscles, especially for aging furkids that might not be as active as before. Here’s five simple exercises that you can help your oldie canine do.

Just as we have to stay active in our senior years, so does Fido when he becomes an oldie. Because our furry friends are less active and are easily tired out when they are older, paw-rents are essential in guiding them through age-appropriate stretches to keep their muscles toned without overexerting them.

We’ve listed some exercises that will be easy on your canine’s joints and muscles, while at the same time giving him the workout that he needs to stay on track with his health. 

Stretching the hip flexors

Hip flexors are important in enabling Fido to move his legs and hips when he walks. To stretch this muscle, your dog has to be standing. Grasp a hind leg above your pooch’s knees and move the leg back straight out against the dog’s body. Carry this out slowly and gently. When you reach a point of resistance where you would have to apply pressure on the leg to move it back further, hold the leg in that position for around 10 to 15 seconds. You can then repeat the stretch two to three times on each back leg.

Stretching the shoulder flexors

This stretch should also be done with your canine companion standing up. Grasp one of Fido’s front legs above the elbow and place your other hand below his leg to stabilise him. Gently move the leg forward, as if you are attempting to teach your doggy how to give a high five. Similarly, at the point of resistance, hold the pose for 10 to 15 seconds. Repeat the exercise two to three times on each leg as well. Stretching these muscles will help your pooch’s movements become more fluid.

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