Cats and Physical Rehabilitation

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There is a misconception that cats and physical rehabilitation are mutually exclusive, especially when considering hydrotherapy. Opening up the mind to the possibility that a cat will participate in such a program is the first step. The second step is creating a program which is applicable to the condition being treated, as well as being appropriate for a feline. The …

Managing a performance do with Hip Dysplasia

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By Kayla Du Toit My Cocker Spaniel started with introduction agility training at 6 months old. at the age of 18 months, she was competition ready and I was super excited to start our agility journey together. We had our ups and downs but she loved every moment of it. At 2 years old, I noticed that she was going …

Core musculature

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Core musculature is vitally important for stability and mobility in dogs. Daily tasks like sitting, standing, bending to pee and poo all require core muscles.A strong core reduces the risk of injury. The stronger they are, the more comfortable your dog.  The core covers all the muscles that lie close to the center of the body. It stabilizes the trunk, …

UNDERSTANDING WORKING DOGS

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TRACKERS AND TRAILERS  Usually, when a person hears the word dog, the first thought that comes to mind is the gorgeous, golden lovable home companion. You know, the kind that bathes with you and licks peanut butter off your 3- year old’s toes. Pretty adorable stuff yeah?  But if you say the word dog to me, the first thing that …

Why Working Together Is The Only Way Forward

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By Bianca Rootman Have you ever attended a session at Animal Health and Hydro and secretly wondered why there is even a therapist or vet in the room with you? You thought you could easily be doing this by yourself, it all looks so easy and like your companion is barely even working? Then please read further! The key to …

Underwater Treadmill or Swimming?

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As mentioned in the preceding two newsletters hydrotherapy has enormous benefits for health and wellness in our canine (and feline) patients. There seems to be a notion that the underwater treadmill can cure all manner of injuries, gait abnormalities and weaknesses and that the swimming pool has almost taken a back seat in physical rehabilitation. There is also an idea …

Our most surprising water loving dog……

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By Jessica Evans Working mainly with water therapy it makes it easier if our patients love the water. This then becomes a super fun game for them to enjoy at their weekly sessions. Some dogs however do dislike the water and it makes it a little bit more of a challenge to ease them into the process. As you expect …

Swimming for Dogs

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In last month’s newsletter the history and benefits of hydrotherapy were discussed, with special attention being given to using the underwater treadmill. This article looks at how swimming can assist with health and wellness of our canine patients.  To recap, any form of hydrotherapy makes use of the properties of water. These properties are: Resistance. Depending on the depth, the …

Things You Don’t Want To Think About

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By Delia Mallinick We all at some point in our lives have had to make a decision to say goodbye to a beloved companion. This piece of writing is not filled with research data but is rather drawn from my own experiences as having to be the one to make the decision. I hope that something I share will be …