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Taking the dog for a stroll

dog in stroller

Many people think that a dog in a stroller is a step too far.  But if you have a dog with mobility issues, including old age, they can work wonders for your dog’s mental health and save you a lot of stress and strain.

Imagine not being able to walk a few blocks to the local park…  Driving is one way, but then you don’t get as much exercise and your dog enjoys less time in the outdoors.

This is where a stroller can come in.  You can still enjoy a walk and your dog gets out without having to rev up the car.  In addition, you will probably find that a dog in a stroller is an attention-getter – so be prepared for people to interact with you and your dog on a regular basis.

The Happy Trails Pet Stroller

The Happy Trails Pet Stroller

The Dutch Dog Designs DoggyRide stroller

The Dutch Dog Designs DoggyRide stroller

There are many stroller designs to choose from and most can easily be ordered online for convenience.

When should you consider adding a stroller to your dog’s regime?

  • Does your dog pull up lame after only a few short blocks on a regular basis?
  • Is the condition chronic – such as arthritis – meaning it isn’t curable?
  • Are you managing an older injury, such as a cruciate repair or strain and surgery is not an option?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above questions, a stroller should be considered.

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand

Acute or chronic?

I find that many of my clients don’t understand the terms ‘acute’ and ‘chronic’ when working with their veterinarian.  To manage a range of health conditions, it’s really important to differentiate between the two words.

If a problem is acute, its symptoms appear, change or worsen rapidly.

If a problem is chronic, the condition worsens or changes over a period of time.

Acute vs chronic – look out for these terms when working with your dog’s healthcare team!