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Passive range of motion exercises

Passive range of motion exercises are designed to maintain function and increase the movement possible in a joint or limb by gentle stretches and motions of muscles and tendons. These exercises can benefit dogs that are arthritic, recovering from surgery, or suffering from muscle atrophy.

Watch the video below for a demonstration of passive range of motion exercises.


This information is not meant to be a substitute for veterinary care. Always follow the instructions provided by your veterinarian. Washington State University assumes no liability for injury to you or your pet incurred by following these descriptions or procedures.