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Long-Range Ball Throwers Can Damage a Dog’s Joints, Warns Vet

It causes trauma to their muscles.

London, June 4, 2019: Long- Range ball thrower may seem entertaining but they are indeed damaging for a dog’s health. A vet has recently  shared her concerns about long-range ball throwers. Hannah Capon, who founded the Canine Arthritis Management website, told the Daily Express, that firing a ball at high speed from a ‘Nerf gun’, stick or ball thrower for our pets to chase can put unnecessary strain on their joints, muscles and cartilage. This can result in long-term health problems like arthritis.

“We need to realise we’re asking dogs to run like athletes,” she said to media. “They’re going from standing still to a gallop, then throwing themselves in the air, braking and skidding. “This might be up and down a hill or on a beach, and it’s causing damage to their joints and trauma to muscles and cartilage. But because the dog is so excited, they carry on through the pain.This can take years off their life expectancy.”

She advised “warming up dogs” before letting them play off lead to minimise the chance of injury. She also told the newspaper that pets shouldn’t chase toys on a slippery surface, or spend hours playing fetch on the beach or chasing a ball up and down hills.

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