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Tripawd Rehab Therapy Exercises for Wyatt, Part II

Last week you learned that even fit Tripawds may experience joint stress and muscle aches if we don’t stay on top of their changing needs as they age. Today we will show you the Tripawd rehab therapy exercises prescribed for our own Wyatt Ray, who has been slowing down lately.

See Part 1 of this series, Wyatt’s Tripawd Rehab Therapy

Wyatt’s Tripawd Rehab Therapy Exercises Build Strength

Tripawd rehab therapy exercises

The Colorado State Small Animal Orthopedic experts explained that Wyatt’s reluctance to exercise is because of “muscular compensation and pain associated with Wyatt’s adaptive tripod gait.” To help him get back to optimal fitness, here’s what they prescribed:

Pain Management

  • Methocarbamol, a muscle relaxant.
  • Rimadyl, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain reliever.
  • Omega 3 Fish Oil with a total of 4,300 mg of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids. “The concentration of EPA and DHA can be found on the back label of most products. This is different than the total concentration of omega-3 fatty acids. We recommend using a veterinary product to avoid dangerous additives such as xylitol or vitamin D3.” The CSU vets stand behind Nutramax Welactin, “since it is a well controlled veterinary product that is in an easy to administer liquid formulation.”

The Exercises

Wyatt was seen by the CSU Sports Medicine and Rehab Therapy team led by therapist Laura Southworth and Sasha Foster, MSPT, CCRT. They prescribed three challenging exercises and massage to help Wyatt strengthen his weaker muscles. All three are to be done twice daily for four weeks. Here’s what they look like:

Resistance Band Walks

Look at the video below and you’ll see the yellow resistance band Wyatt is wearing. That is human exercise gear that can also work for dogs. It strengthens his weaker muscles.

He wears the band twice daily on his usual walks. He’s not a fan of working out while checking pee-mail but he’s tolerating walks of about 7 minutes while wearing it.

Tripawd rehab therapy exercises

His therapist says this exercise is a real challenge for most dogs.

Core Stability Exercise

In this exercise we are putting Wyatt’s back paws onto the Balance Disc.

The goal is to get him to stand with a straight back and hips for 3 seconds at a time. We are doing five repetitions per session.

Hind Limb Weight Bearing 

Wyatt loves this exercise. In this we take a treat or toy and place it just above his head.

Then we lure Wyatt into placing his front paws on a 6-8″ tall box for 30 seconds at a time. He does five repetitions, twice daily.

Skin Rolling 

Dogs who enjoy massage will love this technique to break up muscle tension, soft tissue knots and muscle spasms.

Therapist Laura recommends five minutes at a time. Wyatt has never been a massage fan, but we think he’s learning to enjoy this technique. Our sessions are getting longer each day.

The exercises seem to be helping Wyatt feel better and in two weeks we will know if they are working. We promise to keep you updated but meanwhile, please remember that all Tripawds can benefit from the professional guidance of a licensed rehab therapy provider. Even if you don’t think your Tripawd ‘neeeds’ it, we guarantee you will learn tips to help your three-legged hero live a better, pain-free life.

Stay tuned for updates and don’t forget: we are not vets, so don’t try these exercises at home until you talk with your vet team.

See Part 1 of this series, Wyatt’s Tripawd Rehab Therapy

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8 thoughts on “Tripawd Rehab Therapy Exercises for Wyatt, Part II”

  1. Wow! This came at the perfect time! I really love the massage technique, and I bet Mikey will, too!
    Thank you so much for all you do & prayers that Wyatt will be pain free & running like the champ he is in no time!
    Hugs from tripawd Mikey & family!

  2. Very interesting with the resistance band! Thank you for sharing all of this. I am sure Wyatt will thank you for it all 🙂 Being a tripawd for so long, such as he, has got to take a toll on one’s body no matter how much care we give them 🙁 You guys rock at keeping Wyatt healthy and moving well!

    Tracy & Spirit Maggie

  3. Challenging exercises indeed! Wyatt is such good boy to deal with all this! 🙂 So glad he gets treats for all his hard work! And it really does look like it’s jard work targeting those muscles and building strength.

    Another very, very informative installment with great “how to” videos.

    Thank you for taking the time to share these techniques and supplement I fo too.

    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

    • Aww I’ll let him know you said that Sally. And as for the treats, yeah he gets plenty for doing the exercises. The biggest challenge is making sure he’s not getting extra calories that will defeat the purpose. He always keeps us on our toes.

      Thanks for reading!

  4. Very interesting. Resistant bands very good workout for humans. I am definitely following this series

    michelle & Angel Sassy


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