In Week 4, we warn you about the problems that can arise during weeks 4-8. We also go over the importance of re-measuring your dog’s muscle and the importance of joint supplements.
Weekly Rehab Instructions:
I cannot stress this enough: Between weeks 4-8 significant problems can arise. The reason is that your dog is starting to “feel” better. Now that the pain is subsiding, your dog thinks that they can do more. Also, by 4 weeks, you are probably getting a little tired of the whole restriction thing.
All I can say is DO NOT get comfortable yet. You have got to get to that 8-week marker before you can start to ease up slightly.
I am very very serious about this!
Figure 8s: Start Big
This is a great new exercise to do with your dog while walking outside. You want to start with big figure 8s and make sure you do them in both directions. Once your dog can tolerate the wide circles, you will begin to tighten the circles over time.
Remeasure the Muscle
It is a good idea to do this every 2-3 weeks. It is a great way of knowing the kind of progress you are making with your dog. This may also be a good time to take another progress video of your dog walking. Compare it to the video you took in week 1.
The Importance of Joint Supplements
If you have started TopDog’s joint supplement GlycanAid® HA….now you see why it is so important GlycanAid® HA is the only product of its kind that includes the 3 major glycosaminoglycans that your dog needs to promote and maintain healthy joints. These are Glucosamine HCl, Chondroitin Sulfate, and Hyaluronic Acid. I always tell my clients that it takes about 3-4 weeks for Glycanaid® HA to “kick-in” where you can really start to appreciate just how good of a supplement it is. I still recommend giving the loading dose for another two weeks, for a total of six weeks. Then you can move to the maintenance dosing and even switch onto the GlycanAid® Maintenance Formula. Once you are done with the first 4-6 weeks and are ready to reorder, here are some guidelines to follow:
Dogs < 7 years of age, start on GlycanAid® Maintenance.
Dogs >7 years of age, continue with GlycanAid® HA.