Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Rehabilitation involves a more controlled swim where the affected part of the dogs body gets isolated so as to prevent the dog carrying the injury or body part that requires working.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Helen sometimes provides laser treatments to our patients and we reciprocate by providing access to our pools, the Photizo light therapy and the Bemer 3000 Vet to her patients.
She has, on more than one occasion, climbed into the pool with either a dog or horse (fully clothed) to settle them. As you can see from the photo, Helen is not too worried about getting wet (we do not encourage this practice)
Helen can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
The development of the BEMER-signal by Prof. Dr. Wolf A. Kafka can now help to compensate for these deficiencies by activating and supporting the natural processes with a physical system.
BEMER 3000 Vet for use with domestic animals and pets
+ Illnesses and malfunction of joints, back muscles and the spine
+ Fractures, dislocations, stiffness, contusions, swelling and sprains
+ Slow healing wounds and bruises, lamings, constipation/ digestion
+ Nervousness prior to sporting events/shows, decreased performance
+ Acute and chronic inflammation, tendonitus, tendovaginitis
+ Circulation and degenerative disorders involving all movement and support mechanisms, problems with hooves
How does the Bemer 3000 VET work?
Bio-Electro-Magnetic-Energy-Regulation (BEMER) provides an energy regulating signal to the damaged organism. Nutrient, oxygen absorption, and the excretion of metabolic waste are promoted. Damaged functions are normalized and self healing powers are activated. In this manner, the application of the BEMER 3000 VET counteracts injuries and helps to prevent injuries due to inappropriate strains, lack of exercise, and environmental stress.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Wounds that can be treated with this button include:· Cuts, scratches, scrapes, blisters, surgical wounds, burns, bedsores, superficial bruising, lip wounds, mosquito- and other insect bites (reduces swelling and itching), contact dermatitis and dermatitis following radiation (cancer treatment), skin grafts and swelling in the ear canal. Suitable for treatment immediately post-operatively, as well as follow-up or step-down wound care.
21+ Day Wound
Wounds that can be treated with this button include:· Wounds 21 days and older, ulcers (diabetic and venous), infected wounds (in combination with antibiotics, superficial bruises.Other conditions that can be treated with this button are:· Pressure wounds· Hemorrhoids (protruding)· Excema
· Seroma· Hemotoma· Mastitis· General swelling
Suitable for soft-tissue injuries:· Muscle injury· Tendonitis· Damage to peripheral nerves· Sciaticus· Inflammation in soft tissues· Fasciatis· Trigger points and myalgia· Muscle spasms
· Especially useful in treating infected areas· Hot spots· Cellulitis· Gingivitis· “Snuffles” – put rubber applicator over probe and hold over nose
· Arthritic conditions (DJD)· Ruptured discs· Herniations· Prolapses· Annulus tears and protrusions· Traumatic sinovitis· Chondrotic tearing· Use following laminectomies and fusions· Fractures and osteo trauma – increases callus formation
Gracie being prepared for her swim
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
We've seen many success stories at the hydro, especially of dogs recovering from injuries and surgery. I'll be posting more of these case studies soon. Our offering of conditioning and fitness has been the main growth area with the dogs that participate in the program showing remarkable results and muscle definition after just a few swimming sessions. The clients that come to us for conditioning and fitness have had positive feedback on their dog's condition in the show ring. The swimming has provided results without compromising the dog's overall wellness. They're able to get fit without the usual injuries that occur when training on land. Their joints and ligaments are saved from the constant pounding on road surfaces and injuries from stones (and other obstacles) are a thing of the past.
We also received some great press this year, and two of the articles that appeared in the newspapers were very flattering.
Some photos taken for the article in the Rapport newspaper can be viewed at (scroll down to the middle of the page):
The actual article is at:
Another article which appeared in the City Press newspaper was just as nice:
We're hoping to build on our successes in 2008 and make 2009 an even better year.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Donna's first swim
It is a condition of the hydro that no animal may be forcibly coerced into entering either of the pools. We take our time tempting them in with treats and at no time will we place undue stress on your pet.
Rehabilitation swimming programs are developed for each individual dog based on the condition being treated. Centre staff will work with the dog in the water to stimulate the swimming process and maintain their confidence.The average rehabilitation requires about 15 swimming sessions, with each session lasting up to 30 minutes. Owners are encouraged to participate in the rehabilitation by swimming their dog with the guidance of Centre staff.
Just as swimming and other forms of hydrotherapy are universally recognized by the medical community in the treatment of humans, the same principles and therapeutic values can be applied to dogs.
By placing the dog in the weightless environment that water or swimming provides, injuries or conditions can be better treated without the pain or restricted movement associated with regular ground-based exercise programs.Swimming for dogs can be applied to a wide range of conditions, such as:
Hip dysplasia: Swimming for dogs with hip dysplasia provides an alternative form of exercise from the painful effects of ground exercise programs. Swimming provides the opportunity for a high-level workout that builds and maintains the muscle tone and strength to help avoid further deterioration of the hip joint. Swimming can be used both pre- and post-surgery in hip replacement to provide increased circulation, build up muscle and provide a firm base for recovery.
Ligament Repair: Swimming following surgery to repair torn ligaments (cruciates) provides a non-weight-bearing exercise to strengthen the repair, helping to restore natural limb movement. Swimming rebuilds lost muscle tone, provides increased circulation, and builds the dog's confidence to return to normal activities.
Spinal disk/nerve damage: Swimming, following surgery, stabilization or repair of the disk can increase the speed of recovery, providing increased circulation (oxygen) to the limbs and to the damaged area. Where paralysis is evident, swimming will promote movement of the limbs and increased nerve synapse and regeneration.
Arthritis: The non-weight-bearing environment of swimming provides the dog with a pain-free exercise routine. The full range of motion obtainable in the weightlessness of water allows joints to move more freely and muscles to stretch and become more flexible than being constrained in the limited motion provided by painful ground exercises.
Paralysis: The benefits of swimming in paralysis depends on the cause of the paralysis, the extent of nerve damage and the time elapsed since paralysis occurred. The earlier swimming can be started, the better prognosis for return of nerve function and limb movement.
Muscle atrophy: Muscle atrophy occurs when the limb is inactive or immobilized. Swimming can start re-building muscle mass in as little as three or four sessions. The full range of motion of the swimming stroke allows tight, contracted muscles, tendons and ligaments to stretch out and become supple and flexible once again. We are currently treating a chihuahua called Tiny for post-operative paralysis. Tiny sustained serious spinal injury when abused by his previous owner and was paralysed in his hind quarters. After two treatments with Photizo light therapy and swimming, Tiny has regained some movement in his hind legs. We expect a major improvement over the coming weeks (pictures coming soon).
Weight reduction: Swimming in conjunction with a proper diet will help remove those excess pounds, tone up the muscles and cardiovascular system and give you a healthier and happier dog.
Post surgery: Swimming, before or following surgical procedures, can speed recovery in many cases and avoid or minimize some of the complications that can develop such as:
· Restricted movement or use following joint surgery, i.e. Cruciate ligament repair/replacement, OCD (Osteochondritis Dissecans), hip replacement etc.
· Adhesions (scarring)
· Muscle loss (atrophy)
o increase stamina;
o tone up and build muscle;
o reduce fat;
o increase agility and performance;
o strengthen limbs;
o Increase confidence.
Being able to swim in laps and keep track of the time and distance enables a structured program to be developed and followed that maximizes the benefits that swimming provides.