The hydrotherapy treadmill is one of the most effective forms of rehabilitation for pre- and post-surgery or injury and for supporting orthopaedic and neurological conditions.
Hydrotherapy can improve muscular strength and range of motion, which is particularly effective for combating post-surgery /post-injury muscle atrophy and for strengthening the supporting musculature around joints with orthopaedic conditions.
In particular, it can:
1. Reduce swelling and stiffness and relief from pain.
2. Aid cardiovascular fitness and weight loss.
3. Re-educate / improve gait.
4. Increase mental stimulation.
Your dog is fully supervised at all times
Patients are able to exercise in a controlled environment with reduced weight bearing. Your dog is fully supervised at all times and has a therapist in the treadmill throughout their treatment. The water is fully sanitised and heated to a therapeutic temperature. Our treadmill is an extended model that easily accommodates large breeds.
The initial session includes a full consultation, with posture and gait analysis, assessment via palpation, and muscle mass measurements.
I also conduct a health check, give a pre-treatment shower, acclimatise your dog to the treadmill and conduct an initial short treatment, your dog then has a post-session shower and is dried.
This initial session will last approximately 1 hour, with subsequent treatments lasting about 40 minutes.
The optimal treatment plan for your dog will be discussed. As a guide, initially we may recommend treatment twice a week.
As I am a member of the Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA) most insurance companies will cover treatments.
If you feel your dog would benefit from hydrotherapy treatment in the treadmill , I will require a referral from your veterinary surgeon prior to treating your dog.This can be downloaded from this website: