What to expect from your pet’s first session
The underwater treadmill is a glass-sided chamber with a ramp where pets can enter and exit, although some small pets may prefer to be carried. The entry door is closed, and the chamber is filled to a predetermined depth that is often the pet’s elbow or hip. The warm water helps most pets relax—plus, we use plenty of praise and food or toy reinforcement so that the pet builds a positive association with the treadmill. Most pets are walking by the end of their first session. If your pet requires manual support or assistance, the therapist will remain inside the chamber with your pet.
Your pet’s initial session will focus on acclimation, and most pets walk for only a few minutes, but as they become stronger, the walking intervals are gradually increased.
Would underwater treadmill therapy benefit your pet? Contact Neighborhood Veterinary Centers to schedule a consultation.