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  1. This is an awesome article, I have never really thought of underwater treadmill for dogs or people this is a great concept. I know that swimming is great exercise for dogs as it is easy on their joints. In regards to humans my mother is a perfect example as she does so much better when she has her pool time and really enjoys her exercise regimen in the pool.

    • Hello Dena,
      Thanks. Underwater treadmills for dogs is something that is becoming more popular as dog owners seek a stress free environment, no pressure on the joints, for big dogs that need to recover from injury or get into condition. Smaller dogs can be accommodated in bath tubs. As people, I agree with you that hydrotherapy works to speed recovery or just relax tired muscles and joints. Thanks for checking in.

      Thabo

  2. Thabo,
    What a great way to keep an older dog in shape. I have had several dogs that have lived well into their teens in years, when they get older they do not want to go on walks in the park any more. This would be a great way to get them some exercise to build up some muscle mass.
    Do they make such a pump for the bath tub for those who cannot afford a pool pump.
    John

    • Hello John,
      I agree with you that hydrotherapy for dogs is a great way to keep them in shape. To answer your question, I know that they make Pet spa enclosures that can be used for hydrotherapy. These can go for about $600.00 dollars. I don’t think there is anything now that can be used in a bath tub. I think that’s because a bath tub wouldn’t allow enough room for bigger dogs because the water has to reach enough height so that the dog only bears about 20% of its weight. This way there is resistance that will build the muscles but also less stress on the joints. Smaller dogs can use a bath tub without any equipment needed. That said, one still has to remember that 1 minute of hard training in water equals to 30 minutes of a dog walking on land. So, one has to very careful not to exhaust his or her dog when doing hydrotherapy. Thanks for checking in.

      Thabo

  3. I found this to be a very interesting article. I have an elderly neighbor (I use that term more because she is 81 and less because of her physical and mental abilities) who does a lot of water walking and swimming. She has always enjoyed swimming, but started water walking after an injury to her leg after a car accident more than ten years ago. Her daughter has a dog who also makes use of hydrotherapy to increase he mobility as she ages.

    I know that hydrotherapy has a lot of value. I did not realize that you only bear 20% of your weight in water. I didn’t know that it can help with balance issues, though that makes a lot of sense now that I think about it.

    I may have to re-think this whole water therapy, as I have suffered balance issues since I had bilateral hip replacements over 20 years ago.

    Thanks for sharing this with us. I’ll be honest, I might have overlooked the article had it not been about dogs.

    • Hello Anita,

      As I said, I hadn’t really thought of writing a post on hydrotherapy for dogs until one of my readers made the suggestion. However, I am glad I did because I learned so much more about the benefits of hydrotherapy. Thanks so much for sharing your story. It’s readers like you that make me better able to serve others. Thanks for checking in.

      Thabo

  4. As an advocate of CBD and its beneficial effects on dogs, Thabo (only a recent convert, but love it!), I’ve looked extensively into the factor pain that dogs have to live with for a number of years due to injuries or older age arthritis. I have a colleague of mine, whose daughter, guess what, is a qualified hydrotherapist and works with dogs. And she was telling me how short of miraculous hydrotherapy can be for dogs in need of rehabilitation. I believe, when prescribed by your specialist vet, a combination of hydrotherapy and canine CBD can change your dog’s quality of life all for the better.
    Thank you, Thabo, for bringing all the goodness of hydrotherapy for dogs to our attention 🙂

    • Hello Giulia,
      You are welcome. I agree with you that when prescribed by your specialist vet, a combination of hydrotherapy and canine CBD can change your dog’s quality of life for the better. I think the vet will be in a good position to advise as to the proper dosage and effectiveness of the CBD. Also, one has to remember that about one minute of a real hard work out on an underwater treadmill for a dog can equal to about a 30 minute workout on land. But you probably know that better than me. Hydrotherapy for dogs is a great thing as long as one is careful and pays attention to how the dog is reacting. Again, something that you are probably familiar with, Giulia. Thanks for checking in.

      Thabo

  5. I love to read about advancements in therapies for animals. I don’t have a pet right now, but this kind of information is valuable and I’m glad to have it!
    I am aware that in urban centers with the YMCA’s and YWCA’s, there are pool classes for seniors that Medicare will pay for if their doctors recommend it.
    Now that we have dog parks, we need some doggie community spa’s!

  6. I never considered that exercising could be damaging on the body due to things like the pounding of the concrete. However, hydrotherapy, exercising in water, does seem far more attractive than sweating it out on the pavement.
    I think the hydrotherapy for dogs is something I may try for my dog. I think the underwater treadmill will help my dog Ike. He is now 12 years old and has joint issues and pain. When he gets up after laying down for an extended period of time it takes him a bit to get up. He doesn’t jump like he used to. Do you think this technique will help him?

    • Hello Shwana,
      Yes. It sounds like your dog is an ideal candidate for hydrotherapy. This therapy is often recommended for older dogs who are experiencing joint problems. Just keep in mind, however, that even though working out on an underwater treadmill puts less pressure on the joints, it burns a lot more energy than a workout on land. For example, a few minutes, and in some cases, just one minute, may equal to walking on land for 30 minutes. So, you’ll need to monitor your dog to see that there are no signs of stress. Generally speaking, however, working out on an underwater treadmill is good for dogs. Hope that helps.

      Thabo

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