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Help Painful, Weak Dogs Get Moving Again: Leda's Story
This awesome article was sent to us by Jeff VerHoef of Canine Mobility who worked with "Leda" the Bouvier. He was interviewed by Kate Poss, the founder and writer for This is Whidbey. We've talked about how physical therapy, massage, braces, and anti-knuckling devices can help dogs regain mobility. Now read Leda's story about overcoming severe arthritis and spinal stroke (FCE). It may "take a village" but they're soooo worth it! Reliable resources for treating...
Could My Pet Benefit From Rehabilitation?
There are some obvious cases where rehabilitation can benefit animals including spinal injury, osteoarthritis, or cruciate ligament rupture. But small injuries can happen during normal life and dogs are generally quite stoic and are very good at hiding subtle injuries. If these injuries aren’t picked up on, then as the dog ages, they will adapt how they move and hold themselves, either making the injury worse or causing other areas...
What Are the Different Types of Dog Physical Therapy?
If your dog is recovering from injury or surgery, canine physical therapy is frequently the next step in the healing process. Dog physical therapy is an adaptation of the same types of techniques and modalities used for humans. The goal is to decrease pain while increasing increase mobility, function and overall quality of life. Here you’ll find an overview on the variety of different treatments and their pros and cons....
Hydrotherapy provides many benefits for our rehabilitation patients. Hydrotherapy uses buoyancy, resistance, viscosity, and hydrostatic pressure to help an animal move injured or arthritic joints through water. The buoyance of the body in water lowers their body weight, thus lowering the stress on joints. The resistance of walking through the water provides most of the work, while lifting a limb and breaking the surface tension of the water provides an...
Hydrotherapy in Canine Physical Rehab
The role of therapy pools and underwater treadmills in physical rehabilitation, and what to consider when adding these to your facility. Hydrotherapy, or aquatic therapy, has become an important part of physical rehabilitation for dogs. The aim is to return the patient to full function following injury, manage long-term medical conditions, and improve fitness. Both therapy pools and underwater treadmills (UWTM) are used by canine rehabilitation professionals to achieve these...
WHY WATER-BENEFITS OF HYDROTHERAPY
Benefits of Aquatic Therapy Aquatic therapy, also known as hydrotherapy, is not a new concept but the benefits of water for patients, of all types, is getting more and more attention in the physical therapy industry. It’s something sport programs have been utilizing with athletes for years and now patients suffering from a wide range of conditions are now utilizing. Hydrotherapy in an underwater treadmill or pool uses the natural...
How to Teach a Dog to Swim
One of the best things about summer is cooling off at your local swimming spot, especially if you can have a swimming buddy! If you live near a dog-friendly lake or beach, or you have a backyard pool, you should definitely encourage your dog to join you for a swim. But before letting your pup jump in the deep end, you will need to give her a few basic...
Hydrotherapy for Dogs: A Growing Trend in Canine Physical Therapy
Humans have known for millennia about the healing properties of water for injuries and aching joints. But it’s only recently that dogs have begun to enjoy the benefits of hydrotherapy. Is it simply another pet health craze, or does it work? What is Hydrotherapy? Hydrotherapy literally means water therapy and can refer to any therapeutic use of water to aid or improve health. For humans, hydrotherapy includes exercises such as...