Did we over do it with the exercise? Pittie in pain!

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Did we over do it with the exercise? Pittie in pain!

Postby tambius » Mon Apr 30, 2012 11:54 am

I took my 8 year old pittie girl Nikita to the lake for a swim yesterday. She had a great time as usual, but today she is in obvious pain. She can barely walk and hesitates to lay down. When you touch on her back, she winces a bit as if she doesn't like it. We were swimming/playing for about an hour along with our other dog (a pug).

When she does eventually lay down, she just lays there for a LONG time. She did take a treat, and she did go outside (slowly).

Should I avoid this degree of exercise since she is in her golden years? What types of exercise are good for a senior pittie?

Also, anything I can do to help her pain in the meantime? :crybaby: (Asprin?)

Here we are at the lake:
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This is after the lake and a quick bath:
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Thanks everyone!
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Re: Did we over do it with the exercise? Pittie in pain!

Postby dogs4jen » Mon Apr 30, 2012 12:32 pm

Are you giving her glucosamine and fish oil? They have helped my older dog a lot, I think. I wouldn't give her aspirin, it can cause a lot of problems. I would think swimming would be great for an older dog, but maybe she pulled a muscle.
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Re: Did we over do it with the exercise? Pittie in pain!

Postby PITtsburgher » Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:01 pm

There are lots of dog-safe NSAIDS available through your vet! Plus you can get the vet to check her out for any treatable injuries. Especially in an older dog, the human-NSAIDS can cause serious medical problems so I would stay away from that.
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Re: Did we over do it with the exercise? Pittie in pain!

Postby Mooresmajestic » Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:16 pm

She is most likely sore from using muscles she hasn't used in a long time swimming. Next time just take it a bit slower, build up to longer swim times.

You can help her by strict rest (which it seems like she is doing herself), some light massage for the muscles in her back and hind end, and alternate heat (heating pad on LOW) and ice (wrapped in a towel) 10minutes on 10 minutes off (on top of the area, not under) 2-3 times a day. The only meds she should get should come from your vet. She should be feeling better in a couple of days.
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Re: Did we over do it with the exercise? Pittie in pain!

Postby tambius » Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:51 pm

dogs4jen wrote:Are you giving her glucosamine and fish oil? They have helped my older dog a lot, I think. I wouldn't give her aspirin, it can cause a lot of problems. I would think swimming would be great for an older dog, but maybe she pulled a muscle.



I do feed her Nutro Max for Seniors which has glucosamine in it. Never tried Fish Oil. She's usually very limber and perky. I just think the swimming did her in :crybaby: poor girl!!
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Re: Did we over do it with the exercise? Pittie in pain!

Postby dogs4jen » Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:29 pm

Most of the dog foods don't have enough glucosamine to help much, I don't know about that one specifically.
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Re: Did we over do it with the exercise? Pittie in pain!

Postby FransterDoo » Mon Apr 30, 2012 3:30 pm

Oh, ouch middle aged lady! We too have an 8 year old girl that loves to go. Swimming's acutally a great low impact exercise and we have been working with our girl to get her to have a more enjoyable time swimming.

Here's how we're keeping her healthy:


1) Nice quality joint supplements. The amount in the food is NOT enough. It's mostly there as a marketing ploy. I highly suggest Glyco-Flex. Either level 2 or level 3.

2) Fish oil! You can buy in almost anywhere these days. Even wal-mart sells them as a human supplement. I buy a pump bottle from Amazon for about $20. You can give 4-5 pumps a day and back off by a pump or two if she gets loose stools.

3) A healthy weight and regular exercise. This is my girl on a nature walk a while back. It looks like your girl could stand to lose a little weight. It's hard but I can tell you that at 8.5 - Frances is still an amazing athlete and plans on tormenting us ;) well into her teens.

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fran hiking by silly_wicket, on Flickr
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Re: Did we over do it with the exercise? Pittie in pain!

Postby dogs4jen » Tue May 01, 2012 10:04 am

I would start off with just one pump of the salmon oil and gradually go up.
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Re: Did we over do it with the exercise? Pittie in pain!

Postby cashisking » Tue May 01, 2012 5:01 pm

A couple of years ago Cash did the same thing- swam himself into a two-day snooze-fest. We were camping and had him on a line. We tried to get him to just CHILL OUT -with kongs, shore breaks and walks... but his desire to SWIM is so intense he wore himself out. Never trust a Pit Bull to respect their Physical Limitations.
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Re: Did we over do it with the exercise? Pittie in pain!

Postby PitBull-Lady » Tue May 01, 2012 9:30 pm

cashisking wrote:Never trust a Pit Bull to respect their Physical Limitations.


Maybe this should be a PBF mantra.
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Re: Did we over do it with the exercise? Pittie in pain!

Postby dogs4jen » Tue May 01, 2012 11:00 pm

That's for sure!
I just saw this massager with heat in the Drs. Foster and Smith catalog that came in the mail yesterday, I wonder if that would help.
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Re: Did we over do it with the exercise? Pittie in pain!

Postby tambius » Tue May 08, 2012 1:31 pm

After a couple days of rest she was just fine and being her crazy active self once again! Thanks everyone for the advice and ideas!
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