Playing fetch could ruin dogs’ legs? We love playing fetch with our furry friends but is it ruining their legs? What can we do to prevent it or should we just carry on as normal?
Dr Barbara Bockstahler, from The University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna claims, and warns, pet owners that they should avoid playing fetch with heavy dog toys.
You should normally divide your pooches body weight by placing 60 percent of it on their front legs and 40 percent on their back legs.
But can you really help it if they pick up a pretty large stick on a walk?
When they carry the toys in their mouths they tend to “see-saw” back and forth to compensate the weight between both their front and back legs. You can see where they’re coming from, right?
Dr Bockstahler said “This is a comparable to a human holding a weight in his hand, who slightly tilts backwards and therefore shifts his body weight to his heels”
“The additional weight is physically burdensome for them”
As dog owners, it’s not a massive concern, but we just just to make sure your pets are carrying overly-sized, super heavy toys or such things.
Though, Dr Bockstahler said that most of the adult dogs should actually be able to cope with the heavier strain of playing fetch but should just take extra care with smaller puppies and older animals.
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DID YOU KNOW?
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