Water therapy referral

Water therapy referral

At Paws in Motion, we know that physiotherapy and rehabilitation involves a lot more than just getting into water.

We offer our clients referral for pool or underwater treadmill use, as well as open water swimming advice.

Water provides several properties:

  • Buoyancy reduces the forces on bones and joints during movement
  • Hydrostatic pressure can reduce oedema
  • Increased resistance forces the muscles and cardiovascular system to work harder.

Dogs do not use their limbs in the same way on land as they do in water and fitness can greatly affect matters.  Consideration of the properties of water, pet fitness and injury/condition are essential to determine the most appropriate time for its incorporation into the rehabilitation process.  For example, depending on pet fitness, in cases such as elbow dysplasia, the use of water can be very beneficial to the rehabilitation process.  However, after knee or other reconstructive surgery, the forces produced can be detrimental.

Overtight muscles are painful and cause lameness too.

Tuesday 10th May 2016

Asko had a tough start, born with hip dysplasia and needing surgery by 1 year of age. After doing well for years, Paws in Motion was called in to evaluate Asko after his gait or walk became increasingly abnormal and painful.

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Pawz Boots

Pawz is the world’s only disposable and reusable, waterproof dog boot. Made of natural rubber, Pawz are 100% biodegradable.

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Therapeutic Exercise

A tailored therapeutic exercise programme is designed by Paws in Motion’s veterinary therapist to be muscle specific and comprehensive to ensure it meets your individual pet’s needs. It is a vital element of rehabilitation.

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