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Hydrotherapy can be formal, with a PT assisting the dog - particularly for post-surgery recovery, or for high-scoring sports dogs after an injury.

It can also be casual - a DIY session with a k9-powered underwater treadmill, rented by the hour; a swim in a dogs-only pool, with or without jets to create currents & raise the workload; a fetch session into surf on the beach, with a floating toy.

aquatic therapy - Delaware Valley Academy of Vet-Med
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Animal Physiotherapy: Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation of ...
Catherine McGowan, ‎Lesley Goff - 2016 - ‎Medical
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Exercise on land or in water? - NCBI - NIH › NCBI › Literature › PubMed Central (PMC)
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A dog with paraparesis may willingly walk in water but not on land due to the ... The heart rate and oxygen uptake were greater performing the exercise in water ...

Hydrotherapy for Injured Dogs: Swimming vs. Underwater Treadmill ...
Hydrotherapy for Injured Dogs: Swimming vs. Underwater Treadmill - See Spot Run Rehabilitation
Hydrotherapy is the use of water to aid in recovery from injury. Water provides buoyancy so that a pet can walk on an injured limb without having to bear his full ...

Canine Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy - E-Book
Darryl Millis, ‎David Levine - 2014 - ‎Medical
In addition, following suture removal the owner would allow the dog to swim in a ...
LL: Comparison of heart rate responses: water walking versus treadmill walking,
... of oxygen uptake and heart rate during exercises on land and in water, Phys ...

Viscosity, resistance, varying depth & its effects
Hydrotherapy - See Spot Run Rehabilitation
"When the water is... level [with] the dog’s hock, s/he bears approximately 91% of their body weight. For example, a 50 lb. dog only bears 45.5 lbs of body weight when exercised in water up to the hocks.
Raise the water to the level of the stifle, & s/he only bears 85% of body weight, or 42.5 lbs of the 50, in our example.
Raised to the level of the greater trochanter (hip), s/he bears only 38% of body weight, or just 19 lbs in our 50 lb dog."

"Hydrotherapy is helpful in rehabilitating the following conditions:

- Neurologic conditions that cause weakness in one or more legs, such as with IVDD or fibrocartilagenous embolus. The treadmill movement helps establish a normal gait. Buoyancy helps the dog stand. Resistance helps to strengthen the muscles.

- Orthopedic conditions, such as arthritis or recovery from surgery.
Water-resistance exaggerates the gait, helping normal range of motion to return. Buoyancy allows for low impact exercise, decreasing the risk of injury to the joints.

- Weight loss & conditioning, especially with a proper diet.
Exercising in water is more efficient at burning calories & strengthening muscle than the equivalent exercise on land."


Water-work is also cooling, supportive, low-impact, & fun. :) Enjoy.

- terry

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