It is important to know that most arthritic pets can and should exercise, in addition dogs can also benefit from specific physical-therapy exercises designed to ease the pain and stiffness. Exercise increases muscle tone, strengthens owner-animal bonds, and increases the well being of pets.
A moderate exercise program should be initiated under veterinary supervision. Always start slow and gradually allow your dog to do more as he progresses naturally on his own. If your dog can go only a half mile at a slow pace before experiencing pain, do not push. Let your dog set the guidelines, exercise should not lead to pain. If your dog is sore the next day, skip a day and resume at a slower pace next time.