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George and the Underwater Treadmill

Posted In: Canine Health & Wellness, News Updates

Dogs love to run and play, and it’s good for them! But jumping off the couch or zooming around a corner could cause a dog to get hurt. And sometimes dogs have a predisposition to abnormalities in their joints or bone structure, depending on their genetics.

It is not uncommon for a dog to require surgery to repair a damaged joint or abnormality, and the surgery is typically successful. Recovery time depends on the dog and the extent of the surgery, and just like in humans, healing can be quicker with the right rehabilitation regimen.

George, a one-year-old Great Dane, had surgery for a patellar luxation (a dislocated kneecap). After the surgery, George experienced muscle loss and did not use his leg well. To get George back to his normal, bouncy self, we developed a rehabilitation plan just for him that included laser therapy, rehab exercises, and the underwater treadmill at our Integrated Veterinary Pain Management Center in Maryland Heights.

It didn’t take long for George to learn that visiting the pain management center was fun, especially because that meant getting yummy treats while he “worked.” Plus, George’s Great Dane sister Lola and their human mommy cheered him on during his sessions.

We’re happy to report that George has increased the amount of weight he can bear on his leg, he has increased muscle mass, increased his range of motion, and he no longer walks with a limp. He has progressed so well that he has officially graduated from his rehab program. However, he has so much fun exercising in the underwater treadmill that his mom brings him in once a week to help him stay healthy and happy!

George’s sister Lola, who did not want to be left out of the fun, is now using the underwater treadmill too. It allows her to burn off energy, get plenty of great water exercise, and maintain an ideal weight.

Whether your dog has recently had surgery and is in need of rehabilitation, is a senior who has lost muscle mass, or just needs a fun way to exercise, give us a call. Our Integrated Veterinary Pain Management Center at our Maryland Heights location can work with you to create a customized plan to help your pet live life to the fullest!

The Animal Medical Center of Mid-America has veterinarians at three locations that can answer questions about your pet’s health. Call 314-951-1534 or click here to request an appointment online.