Our trainer recommended us to go for a hydrotherapy treatment several times a week as a kind of a workout that doesn't hurt the joints. It's a aquarium-like device, where the dog runs in a water against a jet.
What do you think about it in general and especially for 10 month old puppy?
swimming is the best exercise. it doesn't put any strain on the joints.
♣ Laura ♣
The problem is that we have no sweet water reservoirs here, only the sea. Salt water isn't too good for the skin/coat
Any one else have any opinion about this procedure?
Evgeny & Niki
I would think that as long as there is no impact, that it is more swimming than running, then it sounds perfect. We have a pool in our backyard and our labs love to swim. One of our boys, Riley, needs to strengthen and develop his back leg muscles, (his PennHipp x rays showed high predisposition for hip problems) our vet said swimming is the best exercise for him. We throw his Kong Wubba into the pool and he goes in after it. It's an art form to keep him swimming after the Wubba's rather than getting out of the pool for another jump off the side. I keep throwing it until I see him slowing down while getting out of the pool (at the steps) or I get cold from being wet! Usually he goes for at least 30 minutes. He shows no signs of pain or soreness after and I am seeing some increase in his hindquarter muscles.
I have used underwater treadmills to build up muscle mass and strengthen ligaments after TPLO surgery on my dog. Time you spend on them isn't cheap.
Last edited by Thomas D; 01-20-2010 at 08:13 PM.