Hydrotherapy

A treadmill that fills up with water! This specific form of hydrotherapy has become very popular with canine rehabilitation. Hydrotherapy uses the physical properties of water for the purposes of rehabilitation. Hydrotherapy uses the buoyancy and resistance of water to exercise safely and recover from injury. The stabilizing and buoyant effects of water enable many dogs to perform exercises in water they could not do on land.

The underwater treadmill is specifically designed for dogs. The treadmill is a controlled environment that allows dogs to be introduced to the water slowly. This is particularly beneficial for water anxious dogs. The water temperature can be set at a comfortable 35 degrees. The warm water relaxes the joints and muscles, while the pressure of water assists in reducing swelling. The buoyancy of the warm water reduces impact on joints, allowing for safe exercise. Then as the treadmill is moving, the resistance of water stretches and works muscles more effectively than exercise on land. The end result is safe, efficient, reduced weight bearing exercise.

The treadmill at Fitdog is for dogs of any size as it is a custom made XXL version, that accommodates even the larges of dogs and allows them to comfortably walk, in all safety, and with appropriate water levels for their sizes.  

Use of the underwater treadmill allows rehabilitation to begin sooner, reducing muscle atrophy and recovery time after surgery. It has also revolutionized our ability to rehabilitate dogs with spinal injuries and paralysis by increasing mobility and strength. This therapy addresses balance, stability, conditioning, strength, and gaiting.

The underwater treadmill also provides a great, controlled, cardiovascular workout, and can thereby assist in weight loss or fitenning programs