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Physical Rehab - Underwater Rehab
If you've ever sustained an injury or had to recover from a lengthy illness, you may have been amazed by the array of advanced rehabilitation techniques available to you. But humans aren't the only ones who can benefit from these state-of-the-art options. Techniques such as pet hydrotherapy can be equally useful for animals who need to regain strength, mobility, and balance. That's why we're proud to offer our underwater treadmill services for Clifton NJ pets here at Valley Animal Hospital.
Pet hydrotherapy offers numerous advantages to pets recuperating from physical problems -- especially problem that involves the weight-bearing joints. Water's natural buoyancy takes some of the weight off of these structures, allowing weak or injured pets to stand, walk, and perform other pet rehabilitation exercises safely and comfortably. at the same time, the resistance of the water gives the libs something to work against, which is valuable for building strength. The pressure of the water surrounding your pet's body can help reduce swelling, while its warmth enhances circulation and eases discomfort.
The two primary forms of pet hydrotherapy are swimming and the use of an underwater treadmill. The underwater treadmill is simply a tank with a motorized treadmill at the bottom; the tank is filled with water about halfway up the pet's body. While swimming certainly offers therapeutic benefits, some animals wither can't swim or resist the idea of supporting themselves in water by swimming. The underwater treadmill substitutes the more natural everyday action of walking, which many pets find less intimidating. The walking action can also keep the limbs and joints moving to a greater degree than swimming. We can control the speed of the treadmill to ensure that your pet walks at the pace best suited to his comfort, safety, and rehabilitative needs.
Your veterinarian in Clifton may recommend a course of pet hydrotherapy if a pet exam reveals that your furry friend is suffering from weak muscles, a neurological condition, or osteoarthritis. A recent knee surgery or amputation may also benefit from this form of pet rehabilitation. Even obese pets may get a lot of good out of our underwater treadmill if it means that they can get the exercise they need without hurting their weight-bearing joints.
Our underwater treadmill gives new meaning to the notion of taking your pet for a healthy walk. Find out whether this form of pet rehabilitation is right for your best friend by calling Valley Animal Hospital at (973) 509-5225 for a pet exam and consultation!