Like a lot of patients getting up in years, Julius needed physical therapy after a recent double knee replacement.
So staff at Northshore Veterinary Hospital took Julius, a 10-year-old chocolate Pomeranian, on a walk in their new hydrotherapy tank to strengthen his legs. It’s basically an underwater treadmill.
“We use it for rehabilitation, for exercise, for weight loss,” said Haley Pies, a veterinary technician at Northshore. “It’s great because it’s ... less impact on their joints, especially post-surgical.”
The hospital had an open house Saturday to demonstrate the hydrotherapy tank.
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Amy Henderson said she took Julius to Northshore after reading up on the benefits of hydrotherapy, which in addition to aiding post-surgical recovery also can ease chronic pain and stiffness in older animals.
“I feel like he really gets a lot out of it it, because afterward he’s zoned out ... and it’s hard for him to relax because he’s a very high-anxiety little dog,” Henderson said