Last Updated: 3-18-2015
Just as humans need physical therapy for various orthopedic and neurological conditions, so do our dogs. Good Dog Aquatic Fitness provides skilled rehabilitative services in a dog friendly environment. Clients include older, arthritic dogs; dogs recovering from knee, hip and spinal surgeries; and conditioning for agility, Schutzhund and companion dogs.
Their goal is to help speed recovery and improve the overall quality of life for you and your dog.
A referral is required from your veterinarian to begin rehabilitation. After an initial consultation at Good Dog Aquatic Fitness, a custom program is tailored to your dog’s needs which may include hydrotherapy, therapeutic exercise, massage therapy, and a home program. Your veterinarian is kept informed on your dog’s care plan.
Hydrotherapy is indicated for many cases of arthritis. Dogs that show signs of advancing degenerative joint disease (DJD) in their hips, stifle, shoulders, and elbows may also benefit from hydrotherapy.
Hydrotherapy utilizes the properties of water which include buoyancy, resistance & viscosity. It also counteracts gravity, reduces pressure and strain on the affected joint, limb or spinal column and assists with weight bearing. The buoyant environment of water allows for pain free exercise, by reducing the strain on joints while building muscle. Their heated 8’x16’ swim spa pool offers adjustable currents for easy or challenging swimming depending on your dog’s condition.
Hydrotherapy may also benefit the following problems:
- Cruciate Ligament Repair (ACL)
- Spinal Cord Injuries/Surgeries
- Shoulder & Elbow Injuries
- Ligament & Tendon Injuries
- Degenerative Myelopathy
- Hip & Elbow Dysplasia
- Muscle Strains
- General Conditioning
Good Dog Aquatic Fitness was founded by Luis & Mary Carrillo in April 2004. Luis is a licensed Physical Therapist and Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (University of Tennessee, 2003). Mary is certified in small animal massage from the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy and Animal Care Specialist (North Shore Community College, 2004).