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What Exercises or Therapies Can Benefit Pugs with Neurological Conditions?

What Exercises or Therapies Can Benefit Pugs with Neurological Conditions?

Hydrotherapy and Physiotherapy

For any dog with neurologically-driven mobility issues, physiotherapy (physical therapy) and hydrotherapy are important tools to keep your dog moving and fit. Other complementary approaches such as canine massage therapy, laser therapy, and acupuncture might support your pug’s general wellbeing too.

Pug dog wheelchair

Beyond that, Dr. Kathleen Smiler, a vet who's become a leading voice in the pug myelopathy community because her own pug Lily was affected by it, suggests a wheelchair as a physical therapy tool in the early stages of pug myelopathy (as opposed to a mobility aid, which is a wheelchair’s primary function).

She states on her website

“PT is an important part of care to keep your dog mobile. We now believe early introduction of a wheeled cart as a "work out" device may be the best way to keep your pug up and walking longer. Appropriate use of the cart may improve their ability to use their rear legs in a "spinal" or robotic walk.”

 

Read more about Pug Myelopathy here

You can read more about Pug Myelopathy here - Causes, Prevention and How To Help https://zoomadog.co.uk/collections/pug-myelopathy 

Read about pug wheelchairs here

Read how other pug owners use a dog wheelchair to help their pug live an active life https://zoomadog.co.uk/products/dog-wheelchair-pug 

 

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