swim therapy!

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swim therapy!

Postby BabyReba » Mon Sep 06, 2004 1:53 pm

Reba had her first swim-therapy session yesterday morning, and after she got over the weirdness of it all, she loved every minute of it! Her first 10 minutes of it is the unfun part, where she has to swim laps in a life preserver on a long lead around the pool, but the last part of it was free swim!

If anyone has a dog with joint or arthritis, I would highly recommend this--Reba was in the pool for about 25 minutes of straight swimming, and she was the most exercise I've been able to get for her in months. Usually after about 10-15 minutes of walking, she needs a break but she didn't limp at all after swimming.

I wish I had a pool this nice to swim in!

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Postby jmann4 » Mon Sep 06, 2004 1:56 pm

That's cool, I've been thinking about doing that with Angel for conditioning. As for the pool comment, I'm with ya there.
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Postby pocketpit » Mon Sep 06, 2004 2:22 pm

Is that a rehab pool just for dogs? Our clinic had a pool for physical therapy for a while but it was no where near that nice. :inlove:
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Postby BabyReba » Mon Sep 06, 2004 2:28 pm

Is that a rehab pool just for dogs


Yeah, it was designed with the arthritic and dysplatic canine in mind--it's only 4 feet deep all around, and it has a very gently sloping ramp so the dog can ease into the water at his/her own pace. And there is a low wall so you can do your laps on a long lead all around the pool during the actual therapy part of the session.

Only problem is that it's not at a vet clinic, it's at a pet grooming place, so there are no rehab specialists to work with you--you have to get directions from your vet and work on the exercises yourself. But the upside to that is the price is much lower than if I used my vet's rehab pool--$75 per half hour at my vet vs. $15 per 15 minutes at this place.

So the price is right, it's clean, it's big, and it gets the job done. I'm so happy I discovered it!
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Postby pocketpit » Mon Sep 06, 2004 2:36 pm

:eek: Yikes! I'm glad you found it too!
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Postby moto1320 » Mon Sep 06, 2004 3:22 pm

Nice. I would love to find something like that for Doc.
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