Erina Heights Vet Hospital Services

Hydrotherapy - Aqua Paws Plus Underwater Treadmill

Our Aqua Paws Plus heated underwater treadmill is a leap forward in technology available at Erina Heights Vet Hospital to treat a range of:
1. orthopaedic conditions (post-surgery, rehabilitation, arthritis and injury);
2. neurologic; geriatric; degenerative and metabolic (obesity, slipped disc rehab).
This therapy is unique – Your dog will feel encouraged to exercise painful limb(s) in a controlled indoor environment:
• Relative buoyancy in heated water
• Water height is adjusted to suit individual dogs
• Range of motion of all joints is increased by 30% compared to walking on dry land
• Treadmill movement encourages the dog to walk
• A gentle 'graded' mode of rehabilitation
• Activity level is precisely controlled by speed and water depth
• Muscle mass is restored more quickly compared to other forms of exercise
• Different muscle groups are activated in hydrotherapy compared to gravity based exercises
In short – dogs will use a painful limb in the underwater treadmill that they won't use outside!
Specific conditions which benefit greatly from underwater treadmill therapy include:
• Arthritis – read more @ Arthritis
• Cruciate ligament disease (partial/full ruptures), post surgical rehab read more @ Cruciate Ligament Disease
• Obesity – read more @ Obesity in Pets
• Elbow dysplasia and hip dysplasia – read more @ PennHIP Certification
• Intervertebral disc disease and paralysis paresis
• Degenerative myelopathy
• Fibrocartilaginous embolism
• Pelvic fractures – both surgically and conservatively treated

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