Mi a különbség a medencében való úszás és a vízalatti futópad között?

A medencében való úszás egy tehermentesített környezetet teremt a kutyának, ami a súlyt az izületekről levéve csökkenti a fájdalmat és elősegíti a mozgást. A medence remek lehetőséget nyújt a természetes járás elősegítésére. A vízalatti futópadban a víz szintje állítható, így kontrollálhatjuk a megfelelő és pontos terhelést. A terhelés növelhető, ahogy a kutya állapota javul. A futópad sebessége szintén állítható aszerint, hogy a végtagok megfelelő mozgását elérjük. A megfelelő tartás és végtagmozgás elengedhetetlen azoknak a kutyáknak, akik újra tanulnak járni egy gerinc probléma után.

Why do I need a consent form if my dog is healthy?

In most cases, there is a specific problem why the dog has to use hydrotherapy or even just for fun, but there can be a lot of hidden problems, which can influence the treatment. Past injuries, hearth problems etc. , things we won’t and can’t diagnose or we won’t even recognize only when it’s too late. That’s why we need a veterinarians knowledge and health check.

How is an underwater treadmill different from a hydrotherapy pool?

The hydrotherapy pool allows the animal to exercise in a non-weight bearing environment which relieves pressure on joints reducing pain and encouraging movement. The pool is very useful for encouraging natural movement and motivating dogs by retrieving or play. In the underwater treadmill, the water height can be adjusted to precisely control the amount of weight bearing. The degree of weight bearing can be increased as the animal strengthens or recovers. The speed of the underwater treadmill can also be changed to achieve the best possible movement of the limbs. Re-educating gait or correct limb use is very important for dogs learning to walk again after spinal problems.

Isn’t 20 minutes too short? Other dogs swim more for the same amount of money. There are places where they swim my dog for 30 minutes.

One minute of work in the pool equals 1 mile (1,6 km) intensive walking on land. Every dog is different with different capability, so it can’t predict the exact time he/she can take or needs. Even those, who are at their peak shouldn’t swim more than 20 minutes in one session. If we overstrain the muscles, we will do more harm than good.

My dog knows how to swim, why does he/she need a life-jacket/float-coat?

Every dog knows how to swim, it can happen, that they don’t have experience in it, but we have to teach them not to fear in water. The main reason of the float-coat is to help them get the courage and help them stay above the surface so that our dog won’t swim to „stay alive“, they can concentrate on the fun they can have, as well for the therapist to gain control over them in the water

If my dog loves to swim and the vet said we can go for therapy can we omit the consultation?

The initial consultation is mandatory. If the vet is against the swimming, then we can’t treat your dog, since the vet has a wider knowledge than us and can calculate with more things. The reason for the consultation is that we can get to know the dog, the things he/she likes or dislikes, how he/she reacts for certain things etc. Even though a lot of dogs loves to swim, the float coat or harness can bother them at first. Things like those what we want to know through the consult.

How many chemicals do you use in the water? Can my dog get sick from it?

The quality of the water is checked 3 times a day so we can manage it perfectly. We don’t want the dogs to get sick or be uncomfortable in the pool, and the therapist is also “exposed” to the water all day long so it won’t be good if the water quality would drop because of the poor water management. If an allergic reaction still occurs, we advise you to check with your vet. Until then we have to stop the treatment.

Is there an age limit? No, there is none. With older dogs, we rest more, and the time what we swim can be decreased as well according to your dogs’ needs. For younger, still growing dogs it can be very beneficial since it’s a non-weight bearing exercise, so no weight is on the joints and limbs – often better than pounding its joints on long walks, which sometimes can affect the joints and the bone growth. But we have to be very careful since young dogs, despite being very energetic often have very poor stamina and their joints are still very lax. This means they should only swim for short, controlled sessions and gradually build up their strength and stamina despite what the dogs themselves tell you.

Can I swim together with my dog?

We don’t allow owners into the pool for hygiene reasons, and it can disturb the dogs’ attention as well. We have comfortable chairs poolside, where they can watch how their dogs have fun.

My dog did not get tired, why don’t they swim/exercise him/her more?

In a number of cases, the dogs’ muscles get tired even before their mind gives up the play. Our aim is to help them recover, not to make them tired at the end of the session, or they get over with the treatment as fast as we can, so then the next one can come in. So if the therapist thinks that it was enough for that day, he has a good reason for that and please accept it.

What if something happens with my dog in the pool?

The therapist studied first aid, so if anything happens, he knows what to do. But in this case, we take your dog to the vet which can be found approx 5 minutes away.

How often can we attend swimming?

Similar with us going to the gym, the ideal would be 3 time a week (with at least one day to rest), twice a week is good too, but less then once a week (every second week or less) makes basically no difference in condition.

Should I bring a towel with me for the dog?

We ask all the owners to bring a towel for the dog since there can be an allergic reaction with certain detergents.