Week 21 – Dog hydrotherapy

An underwater treadmill  for your dog?

We went to our first dog hydrotherapy this week to even out the muscles on Darcy’s hind legs from her dog knee injury.  It was definitely work for her!  She came home exhausted, but not limping.  It’s an interesting device, it basically looks like a large fish tank with a glass door at one end.  You walk your dog through the door and have them face you.  (not the best video ever below, but it will give you and idea.)

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Week 15 – Dog Physical Therapy

How important is dog physical therapy in Conservative Management?

Image of dog on exercise ball for dog physical therapy blog
Darcy’s new exercise is similar to this

Well, in my opinion, super important.  I just got back from the Alternative Veterinarian office and Darcy has gained 1.5 inches of muscle on her injured leg and 1/4 inch on her non-injured leg! Continue reading “Week 15 – Dog Physical Therapy”

Week 13 – Walking is Fun!

How long am I walking my dog 13 weeks into Conservative Management?

Image of dog tired after walking during cruciate injury recovery
Tired dog after walking!

We’re up to 25 minutes of walking!  And, tomorrow will be 26 minutes.  I am absolutely amazed at how well Darcy is doing after her dog knee injury.  We were upping her walks by one minute a day.  We started at 10 minutes and now 25.  She doesn’t limp, she (and I) and much happier.  She is still super excited about her rounds of exercise three times a day.  We were able to take her off of the acepromazine. Continue reading “Week 13 – Walking is Fun!”

Weeks 10 & 11 – Dog Rehabilitation Exercises

Do dog rehabilitation exercises help?

You bet they do!  Darcy’s leg was really atrophied and she was getting sort of bony in general because of her lack of exercise during her recovery.  Now, her leg feels full of muscle again.  And, she seems to enjoy them.

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