Let There Be Water: Jasmine's Underwater Treadmill Session

Do you remember from my earlier article how Jasmine is convinced that she needs to help things along in order to get the tank filled? Here is a proof!

We first tried underwater treadmill for Jasmine's muscle injury.

After she was all recovered from both of her knee surgeries she suddenly started limping on her rear leg again.

At first, we worried that her knee had gone bad again after all.

But it turned out being a muscle injury. 

As much as that part was a good news, after some initial improvement the lameness wasn't going away.

NSAIDs are not an option for Jasmine and pain drugs didn't seem to have been making much difference. After some debate, we decided to treat her injury with physical therapy.

While that particular injury was difficult to treat and it took a long time to resolve, underwater treadmill ranks high on our list of treatment options orthopedic issues.

Underwater treadmill at Jasmine's rehabilitation center, Woodcock Veterinary Services
We have returned to hydrotherapy after her latest problems, in conjunction with latest stem cell therapy, and decided to keep it up on a maintenance basis.

You can't go wrong with underwater therapy, whether by itself or in combination with other treatments.

The benefits of hydrotherapy are multifaceted.

The buoyancy reduces weight-bearing strain. Gentle resistance improves muscle strength. Water level and temperature can be controlled to achieve different goals. Find out more about How Water Is Used for Dog Physical Therapy.

Related articles:
Don’t Forget the Physical Therapy
Functional Strengthening Exercises: the What, Why and How
One Thing Leads To Another: Why The Second ACL Often Goes Too
Compensation: An Attempt To Restore Harmony
Paring Down to the Canine Core
Underwater Treadmill
Keeping Your Dog’s Muscles Healthy and Strong
Arthritis? What Arthritis?

Meet Jasmine
I'm Still Standing! (Happy Birthday, Jasmine)
How Dogs Think (Well, Jasmine Anyway)
How The Oddysey Started: Jasmine's ACL Injury
Jasmine is Vet-Stem's poster child!
Rant About Quality Of Life Versus Quantity, And Differential Diagnoses
Jasmine Is Headed For Her Next Stem Cell Treatment
Jasmine's Stem Cells Are In


  1. jasmine looked like she was having fun! Love the rubber duckie in the pool :D

  2. The duckie is actually a chicken and it is the one toy she chose from all those they have there. She is very picky about her toys :-)

    She is kind of having fun but overall she does find it a bit boring - walking without getting anywhere :-)

  3. Don't think it would work for my dogs. They love to play in water and wouldn't get much walking in. Fully understand the "bored" comment. I hate running on my "dreadmill".

  4. Well, it's not for fun, it's for health benefit :-) It's what it does for the muscles and joints that's the benefit. It's like a combination of going to the gym and doing hot yoga at the same time.

    This exact effect cannot really be duplicated by another means.

  5. Just love these for rehab and even general fitness. There are bigger pools that don't always have a treadmill inside. I have one near here I have used for rehab on toe injuries and for rehab after injury before running on the ground, without a treadmill. Swimming against water jets. And my water dogs just love the current and playing a short game of fetch in the pool. Many different injuries benefit from warm water swimming and low impact, excellent muscle resistance for building muscle.

    If I could get Dylan in one (too afraid and stress is not good for her at the moment, maybe later), it would seriously benefit her rehab to gain muscle strength back. We are fortunate to have these pools available to rehab our dogs, just need care in getting them used to it without fear and most do okay.

  6. Jasmine's rehab facility has a pool also. It is great stuff, isn't it? There is just no downside to this kind of therapy.

    Would it help if you got in the water too? We could do that even on the treadmill, if we wanted to, but Jasmine is a confident dog, things don't throw her off easily.

  7. If I was closer and maybe with a volume discount, I would love to take my dogs to the facility in Aldergrove at least once a week in winter. There is one closer, but I am not as confident in their experience. As always, I think the quality of care, depends on the quality of people. But the benefit for fitness is amazing.

    My other dogs were in swimming on the first swim. We tried with Dylan, who absolutely loves swimming in lakes for sticks, but her fear of strange man-made objects is strong with the pool. With Dylan it would take repeated visits and slow desensitization, which at the time, I was not prepared to commit too. I wish I had now! Her fears can easily overwhelm her desire for food. This would mean slow progress and she would not get exercise for a while. She is pretty mobile now and enjoys her walks and so it is just more beneficial to get out and moving for now. I will see once she is a bit stronger and some of her increased fear since AIHA has dissipated.

    Yes it might help if I were in the water, but these days, she is very attracted to the love and affection of strangers, unlike her past, and it would be great to see her overcome her fear to be with a stranger. I think I would have to cry with joy.

  8. I see, that's too bad. Unless you built a cardboard replica LOL Perhaps getting him accept all kinds of strange objects will eventually result in accepting all and they won't need to be specifically desinsitized for each.

    Great she's liking strangers, if you keep at it I'm sure it will come.

    All our vets are an hour drive from where we are, but worth it.

  9. Well, after 9 years, Dylan started to accept all people without having to be afraid of them first. Maybe one day it will happen with objects too, but I would not put any cash on it.

    Dogs that are desensitized to a variety of objects and things earlier, before they fully learn to respond with fear, will learn more quickly to accept all objects and generalize without getting stressed first. My other dogs, are all this way intentionally. Unfortunately, rescue dogs like Dylan, who learn fear and anxiety as their only response to stress initially, will be much harder to get that generalization. Their first response to stress is always fear. Each object has to be desensitized as they experience them. Despite this issue with her, I am very proud of the dog, Dylan has become.

    A young child she met this week on our walk, when I told her Dylan was afraid of ALL people as a pup, told me I had done a great job training her, as Dylan was laying on her side and back, exposing her belly and getting a rub from a stranger she had just met. Nice!

  10. Very awesome. It does sound that you did a great job with her on all levels.

  11. Really enjoyed the video and all the info!

  12. I hope she is well on her way to recovery! (and so glad it's just a muscle!)

  13. Glad it helped Jana. Physical therapy works best for muscle injuries. I suggest a lot of trigger point therapy with excellent results. I am sure the underwater treadmill will be great too!


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