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Pawsitive Strides
Physical Rehabilitation & Conditioning for Dogs

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I need a referral from my veterinarian before beginning a physical rehabilitation program?

A: This is a commonly asked question. We prefer to have a referral request from your veterinarian before beginning a physical rehabilitation program. This allows us to work together with your veterinarian to provide the best possible care for your dog.

Q: My dog is not a good swimmer and is terrified of water. How will he respond to working in the underwater treadmill?

A: The underwater treadmill can be worrisome for all dogs regardless of their aptitude for swimming. We always accompany dogs in the UWTM for the first several sessions or until they seem confident enough to do it alone and find that even dogs who are fearful of water can successfully learn to negotiate the UWTM.

Q: My dog just had surgery for a torn ACL. When can we begin a physical rehabilitation program?

A: We like to start a physical rehabilitation program as soon as possible after surgery, focusing initially on pain management, incision healing and reduction of inflammation. Hydrotherapy can safely begin as early as two days after the sutures or staples are removed as long as the incision is completely healed. If you plan to pursue hydrotherapy it is a good idea to schedule a quick visit to our facility before surgery so that we can introduce your dog to the UWTM.