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The underwater treadmill allows for gradual and gentle introduction of controlled levels of weight bearing exercises by varying the water level, controlling the level of buoyancy. For example, a dog that is in water up to about hip level will put about half the amount of weight on their limbs than normal. The underwater treadmill is encased in a glass watertight container big enough to accommodate most dogs. A side door is opened to allow the pet to walk in, then the door is shut, and water fills the chamber to the level just above the pet’s legs. Slowly the treadmill will begin to move and encourage the pet to walk. The water in the tank provides strength training resistance while eliminating the added stress of gravity.

Underwater Treadmill Benefits:
  • Decreases weight bearing on joints and bones
  • Builds muscle
  • Reduces pain, swelling, and stiffness
  • Improves circulation
  • Increases flexion/extension of joints
  • Improves limb awareness and foot placement
  • Cardiovascular conditioning (heart and lungs)
  • Speeds metabolism to aid in weight loss
Underwater Treadmill is used to treat:
  • Post Fracture
  • Hip and elbow dysplasia
  • Degenerative myelopathy (DM)
  • Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) herniated disc
  • Injury recovery
  • Post-operative rehabilitation
  • Cranial cruciate ligament injury (medical and post-operative recovery)
  • Weight management
  • Arthritis management