A joint protection system is essential for dog slatmills to safeguard the health and well-being of the dogs using them. Slatmills are exercise devices designed for dogs, similar to human treadmills but with a set of slats on the running surface. The dog walks or runs on the slatmill while the slats move under their feet.
Here’s why a joint protection system is crucial for dog slatmills:
- 1.Prevents injuries: Dogs, just like humans, can suffer from joint and muscle injuries if they exercise on hard surfaces or with improper mechanics. Slatmills that lack a joint protection system can be too harsh on a dog’s joints, potentially leading to injuries like sprains, strains, or even long-term joint damage.
- 2.Supports proper gait: A good joint protection system helps maintain the dog’s natural gait during exercise. It ensures that the dog’s joints are not forced into unnatural positions or movements that could cause stress or strain on their bodies.
- 3.Reduces impact: An effective joint protection system can minimize the impact on a dog’s paws and joints as they walk or run on the slatmill. It provides cushioning and shock absorption, reducing the risk of overuse injuries.
- 4.Promotes longevity: Regular exercise is crucial for a dog’s overall health and longevity. By using a slatmill with a joint protection system, dogs can engage in low-impact, controlled exercise, which is especially beneficial for older dogs or those with existing joint issues.
- 5.Balanced muscle development: Proper joint protection encourages balanced muscle development in dogs. Uneven stress on joints and muscles can lead to imbalances, which may result in further complications or injuries.
- 6.Better user experience: Dogs are more likely to enjoy their exercise sessions on a slatmill with a joint protection system. When dogs feel comfortable and safe during exercise, they are more likely to stay motivated and participate willingly.
- 7.Positive reinforcement: When dogs have a positive experience with a slatmill, it reinforces the idea that exercise is enjoyable and not a source of discomfort. This can encourage them to stay active and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
A proper joint protection system works on multiple levels. The main part is the specific springs below the running surface that absorb the biggest amount of vibration. We at Firepaw have implemented specific springs, designed from Arsenal military factory, any of which have certain characteristics specific for dogs running. There are other rubber parts implemented in the treadmill which also have vibration absorbing functions.
There are slatmills makers who claim that benting of the plastic slats on the running belt provides enough joint protection . This is not true because the plastic slats themselves are made from hard material which is not much shock absorbent and bending of the slats cannot be considered as sufficient shock absorbing.
In conclusion, a joint protection system in dog slatmills is crucial for the safety, health, and well-being of the dogs using them. It ensures that exercise remains a positive and beneficial activity, reducing the risk of injuries and promoting longevity in the dogs’ lives.