Integrative Veterinary Medicine and Rehabilitation

Underwater Treadmill (Hydrotherapy)

Hydrotherapy uses the therapeutic benefits of water to help treat a variety of conditions in pets. Most pets, even those scared of the water, can become trained and comfortable in the underwater treadmill. The warm water helps ease pain, helps improve range of motion by relaxing the soft tissues, and improves blood flow. The buoyancy of being in water, takes the weight off of the pet’s joints, helping them move easier. This puts less stress on the joints of a pet who has suffered an injury or a post-operative patient, allowing them to improve their range of motion, build muscle, and return to function faster. For the older arthritic patient, the underwater treadmill can help ease those painful stiff joints and increase and/or maintain their mobility while also helping with weight loss if needed.

With the assistance of one of our trained staff or veterinarians, pets suffering from neurologic conditions can benefit immensely from hydrotherapy. Animals who are weak from a nerve problem, spinal cord injury, or degenerative condition can often gain or maintain strength using the underwater treadmill. The underwater treadmill can also be very helpful in trying to retrain a paralyzed animal to walk again.

Underwater treadmill therapy can also be used for weight loss, conditioning, and mental stimulation (especially if your pet is staying with us for an extended period of time).

Dogs on Underwater Treadmill
Washington State University