Exercise intolerance

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The weather is warming up and it is more enticing to take your dog out for a walk.

But what could be the cause if you notice that your dog isn’t keeping up like they used to?

Exercise intolerance can be caused by a whole range of issues, including arthritis, weight gain, heart disease and injury.


Arthritis can be a painful and debilitating condition, which can cause your pet to struggle doing activities that they previously could such as- walking, running and jumping.

The good news  for pets (and their owners) is that there are more treatment options for animals then there are for humans!!

 For more information on what we can offer visit our page on arthritis HERE.  

Heart conditions

Over a period of time, heart conditions can worsen and the animal can become quite symptomatic.

Common signs that your pet may have a heart condition may include; an intolerance to exercise, frequent coughing, breathing difficulties, lack of energy and abdominal swelling.

If you notice any of the above symptoms please contact us on 03 5174 6999.


Over exercising can cause injuries that may be either temporary or permanent.

If you are concerned that your pet may be experiencing any of the above conditions, contact the clinic on 03 5174 6999 to book an appointment with one of our vets.

Weight gain

Like us, excess weight can cause a lot of pressure on the joint making aggravating any existing joint and ligament issues.

If you are worried that you pet has gained weight over the cooler months you can start by reintroducing exercise gradually and reevaluating the amount of food they are being fed,  Is it in line with your pet’s daily energy requirements?

Introducing exercise

It is always best to ease back into exercise slowly and build up the intensity and duration gradually.

To prevent injury it is important for some dogs to have a warm up before making them run and jump.

Ball games

Throwing a ball to your pet is fun, but it can also be a common cause of injuries.

Ideally it should not be your pets’ only form of exercise. Sudden stops/starts as well as rapid twists, can all be a recipe for disaster.

It is always best to have a brisk walk (as a warm up) before starting ball games.

When playing ball games, it is best to use a large area and throw the ball a good distance away from the dog rather than short distances.

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Swimming can be a great, low impact (easy on joints) activity, particularly for overweight animals, pets with arthritis, rehab after surgery and many others.

Ensure your dog can swim well before taking them swimming in deeper waters.

Different body types/shapes, and even old age can affect a dogs swimming ability.

If you have any concerns about your pets health don’t hesitate to contact us on 03 5174 6999.