Our underwater treadmill is specifically designed to provide buoyancy while allowing your pet to exercise comfortably. Active movements with water resistance can help to increase strength with minimal stress on the joints.
The buoyancy of walking in water limits the impact on the joints while promoting muscle strength and tone and joint motion. Even dogs that cannot stand on their own on land, can usually stand in water. This therapy can be beneficial in rehabilitation of fractures, cruciate surgery, neurologic conditions (including degenerative myelopathy and disc disease), tendinitis, weight loss and other disorders where the pet is reluctant to use the limb or there is lack of strength.
Our treadmill is one of the best systems on the market. It has many different features that help us to tailor our excellent care to each specific case. Those features include:
- Automatic Incline
- Aquatic Jets
- Heated Water
- Adjustable Water Levels
This allows your pet to walk “uphill” to put more resistance on their limbs. This can be very beneficial in the later stages of physical rehabilitation treatment.
The jets are used to further the resistance on your pets’ limbs.
The ability to adjust water temperatures helps us to make the water comfortable for the pet, as well as loosening up those affected muscles. The heated water also increases blood flow, which can help aid in damaged muscles.
With the ability to adjust the water level, we are able to allow your pet to swim. Swimming lets them move their limbs through range of motion, when they are hesitant to do so when walking.
Our water treadmill can be beneficial to many different circumstances, including:
- Post-Op Orthopedic cases
- Neurological Issues
- Weight Loss and Conditioning
In many cases, physical rehabilitation can help strengthen those muscles on limbs affected by an orthopedic surgery. Services are designed to help pets regain function and mobility after an injury or surgery. This can help reduce muscle atrophy and help your pets to act themselves sooner!
Patients with post op IVDD (Intervertebral Disc Disease), FCE (Fibrocartilaginous Embolism), or DM (Degenerative Myelopathy) cases, physical rehabilitation has been shown to:
* Reduce inflammation
* Reduce pain and spasm
* Maintain soft tissues flexibility
* Improve core strength
* Stimulate sensory input
* Re-train postural responses
Improved cardiovascular stamina
Impacts muscle strengthening
Reduces joint stiffness
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about physical rehabilitation or how we can care for your pet, please contact us today at .
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If your family veterinarian has sent you to us for additional support in the care of your pet, we do not extend primary care services. If the need for additional treatments arises, we ask that you consult with your family veterinarian.