Low stress on the joints—and the psyche

Low stress on the joints—and the psyche

Try this tasty tip for encouraging skiddish veterinary patients undergoing underwater treadmill therapy.
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Apr 26, 2016

Charming Charmin.

Charmin is undergoing physical rehabilitation for neuromuscular side effects secondary to diabetes that are affecting his rear limb strength and coordination. He is a low-energy dog that lacks motivation for any movement requirement. To encourage Charmin to walk without interruption in the underwater treadmill, we offer constant high-value treat rewards. This low-stress reward system encourages continuous movement that will help him to regain rear limb strength and stability.

Marian Paulachak is a veterinary assistant at Cary Street Veterinary Hospital in Richmond, Virginia.