Abandoned dogs try underwater treadmills to get back on their feet
A London animal center that cares for homeless animals has opened a new hydrotherapy center to help struggling dogs get alternative exercise.
Battersea London’s new sequel features a range of activities, including underwater treadmills, as part of an initiative that will also help local pets, amid fears over the impact of the lockdown on the animal health.
Hydrotherapy, which includes a range of exercises performed in the water, can help dogs rehabilitate, lose weight, suffer from muscle pain, get fit, and mental well-being.
Battersea’s new suite features a 6m x 3m swimming pool, resistance jets and underwater treadmills, all of which are managed by a team of hydrotherapists and veterinary physiotherapists.
It is hoped that the new addition can help injured animals in the care of the center to recover quickly and then find new homes.
Exercise has the added benefit of “exhausting” the dogs that live there, which helps them settle in for the night in their kennels.
Appointments last 30 to 45 minutes and can be personalized to suit the dog’s needs.
Video footage shows a dachshund, border collie and cocker spaniel having fun in the pool and on an underwater treadmill.
Dixie, Charley, and Oakley have a variety of medical needs that hydrotherapy can help.
Nathalie Ingham, responsible for dog behavior and training at the center, explained: “The main aim and the goal is to help the dogs in our care, so that we can use it to enrich the lives of the dogs in our care. we take care of it by offering them an alternative form of exercise. ‘
She added: “We are also opening the hydrotherapy center to the public so everyone is welcome to book their dogs and contact us and allows us to really help every dog that needs us in the community.
“These sessions will also help cover the sessions for our dogs in our care.”
During the pandemic, many dogs spent more time with their owners, walks and companionship, but some faced unexpected problems.
Dog welfare concerns were raised early on in the crisis, due to changing daily routines for pet owners, high vet costs during a time of financial concern, and growing contraband issues. of puppies.
The center said hydrotherapy is also an effective way to manage orthopedic conditions in dogs and provide relief from common aches and pains.
A veterinary referral is required for each session to ensure it is safe for the animal.
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