Canine Hydrotherapy – FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions About Canine Hydrotherapy
Most dogs are quite comfortable with the treadmill. Our treadmill has windows on all sides and fills with warm water from the bottom so it is less scary than plunging into a pool. We put your pet in, start to fill the water slowly and with a small amount of water, start the treadmill. As the animal is comfortable the water will be raised to an appropriate level for that animal and his/her specific injury.
Each animal is different and all of the programs are tailored to their specific needs. Your pet’s specific program will be determined by the rehabilitation team which includes your pet, you, the rehab technicians, and the veterinarian.
Just like humans, older pets become stiff, arthritic, and their range of motion decreases. You can greatly increase the quality of your pet’s life with rehabilitation. The underwater treadmill is also beneficial for older patients that need to lose weight to reduce the stress on their bones and joints.
Obesity is bad for pets. The more weight, the more stress on joints, the more likelihood of disease. Overweight dogs are more likely to have orthopedic problems that can cause them pain and ultimately are very expensive for the owner. We can work with you and your pet to formulate a rehabilitation plan that includes nutrition and exercise guidelines.