Mill Valley Veterinary Clinic
In 2017, the Mill Valley Veterinary Clinic purchased an underwater treadmill. The underwater treadmill is a great way to build muscle, and rehabilitate a pet after an injury or surgical procedure. The water in the treadmill acts as a resistance force for strength training while supporting and cushioning joints. The result is a complete work out that is also low impact. The water level determines which muscles and joints will be exercised, unlike in swimming where certain muscles are allowed to compensate for others. The ability to determine water levels allows pet owner, veterinarian and rehabilitation professional to help create an exercise program for each individual pet with specific needs in mind. The underwater treadmill can be used for conditioning, injury prevention and for post operative pets. It can also be used to treat a variety of muscloskeletal and neurological conditions such as hip dysplasia or intervertebral disc disease. The underwater treadmill by reducing impact on joints, taking place in a warm environment and building muscle tone can significantly improve the quality of life for pets with chronic conditions like hip dysplasia.