Does the underwater treadmill really modify the way dogs walk?

by Dr Alison Wills Department of Animal and Agriculture, University Centre, Hartpury, Gloucestershire, GL19 3BE Canine hydrotherapy is rapidly increasing in popularity as a way of helping dogs to recover from injury, managing degenerative musculoskeletal disorders and improving fitness. Some owners also take their dogs for hydrotherapy sessions to promote weight loss or in some cases just for fun. Whilst the term canine hydrotherapy usually conjures up images of dogs swimming, underwater treadmills are also being increasingly used to provide a controlled environment for dogs to walk in water. The underwater treadmill has a number of advantages, including the ability...

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