Kelly's First Water Treadmill Therapy Session

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    Jan 03, 2012 10:13 PM GMT



    This is my 15 year old dog Kelly trying out water treadmill therapy for the first time. He has some joint problems and starts limping after 3 or 4 blocks on his walks. He's doing very well for 15, but his holistic vet thought he could benefit from this type of therapy, as it allows the dog to build muscle while taking the pressure off the joints. At first, he was only using his front legs, but after some guidance from the vet, you can see that he began to use all four. His "brother" Joe can be seen pacing the room, who is also 15.

    Anyone else tried this therapy for their dog? Just curious what the results were like.
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    Jan 03, 2012 10:15 PM GMT
    That's one cute dog.
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    Jan 03, 2012 10:21 PM GMT
    RIGuy60 saidThat's one cute dog.



    Yeah, he's all kinds of sweetness too. He'd be so proud to see how long his legs look underwater, because in reality they're only about 3 inches long. icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 03, 2012 10:42 PM GMT
    15? wow....
    dont u wish u could selfishly make them live forever?

    ugh, too cute.
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    Jan 04, 2012 12:35 AM GMT
    Import said15? wow....
    dont u wish u could selfishly make them live forever?

    ugh, too cute.



    That's exactly what I'm trying to do! Although, I have to keep my motives in check because I don't want to keep them alive just so I won't have to live without them. I want them to enjoy the time they have left by being as healthy and active as possible. But I'm not forgetting that 15 is pretty old for dogs, and I know that one day there will come a time that all the supplements, acupuncture and chiropractic visits will stop being effective. But for now, the little guy is improving, so onward we go.
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    Jan 04, 2012 12:42 AM GMT
    A finer example of the nobility & compassion of humans I have rarely seen. I wish Kelly the best.
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    Jan 04, 2012 12:44 AM GMT
    Scruffypup said But for now, the little guy is improving, so onward we go.


    That's awesome.

    What's up with the dog walking outside the tank? S/he looks more worried than Kelly. icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 04, 2012 12:51 AM GMT
    RIGuy60 said
    Scruffypup said But for now, the little guy is improving, so onward we go.


    That's awesome.

    What's up with the dog walking outside the tank? S/he looks more worried than Kelly. icon_lol.gif



    That's his "brother" Joe. If you listen carefully, around 1:38 you'll hear me comment that Joe looks very worried (because he is.) Joe is 15 also and the reason he's there is because he has panic attacks if I separate him from Kelly. I found Joe in the middle of the street 13 years ago. He was paralyzed except for being able to move his front paws a few inches. Joe is doing even better than Kelly in the health department. He runs at pretty high speeds on our off-leash walks. And Kelly runs pretty fast too for a guy with 3 inch legs. But he starts limping after a few blocks.