Canine Treadmill Therapy

Treadmill exercise provides a dog with focused exercise which benefits the dog for various reasons, such as:
Behavioural problems
Dogs with high energy not receiving enough exercise can result in pent up energy manifesting in bad behaviour.
Treadmill exercise can provide:
A more calm and balanced dog.
A better behaved dog.
A more social dog.
A happier relationship with your dog.
Rehabilitation and weight loss
Canine obesity is a major health issue that is shortening the lives of our beloved pets. Alongside a veterinary advised diet treadmill exercise can provide a safe training programme to enhance, tone and help with that all important weight loss. It can also provide a fitness regime for overall health and vitality.
For rehabilitation, walking on a treadmill provides low impact weight bearing exercise helping to reduce muscle wastage and enable speedier recovery, following injury and surgery.
Working and Agility Dogs
Help’s to improve a dog’s condition, muscle strength, stamina and general fitness.
Show Dogs
Help’s to improve condition and develop a strong even striding gait for the show ring.
Working in partnership with vets and a canine physiotherapist, we provide treadmill sessions through vet referrals.

Treadmill Case Study

Obesity

‘Tia’    Border collie.

Did not have weight at start of sessions.

Measurements at start:           Waist – 25”

After 4 weeks                           Waist – 24.5”

After 8 weeks                           Waist – 23”

Was starting to get tired after 6 mins at first on low speed.

Over the weeks lung capacity and stamina have increased, after 8 weeks working really well and confident on 10 minutes moderate speed with occasional incline.

On-going sessions till required weight reached.

 

 

Muscle Atrophy Right Hind & range of hip movement restriction

Chica Staffy Bitch approx. 3year

Start weight 19kg

Measurements at start:

Waist – 49cm, Neck – 39cm, Chest – 62cm, Thigh Right – 30cm, Left – 31cm

Slight limp on right hind at start with uneven paces, which soon freed up as the sessions progressed.

Hind right knee turned out when first started on treadmill, but with regular session and a lot of incline work, paces, stride and muscles all evened up.

Signed off after 12 weeks.

Finishing Weight –18.5kg

Finish Measurements:

Waist – 48.5cm, Neck – 38.5cm, Chest – 62cm, Thigh Right – 33cm Left- 33cm

Obesity

‘Milo’   Male Retriever  2 1/2years

Start weight – 32kg

Start measurements Waist -25”, Neck -18”, Chest – 29”, Thighs – 14”

Stiff movements first week with short paces, freeing up and lengthening as sessions continued.

After six weeks of therapy milo was fitter with fluent paces and able to cope with more regular exercise.

Finish Weight – 30.2kg

Finish measurements: Waist – 23.5”, Neck – 17.5”, Chest – 28.5”, Thighs – 14”

To improve co-ordination in an epileptic dog.

Podge – 4yr  Border coliie Bitch

Suffers from epilepsy, has cluster fits regularly.  Leg co-ordination not good, especially on hind legs.

Start weight – 26.5kg

Measurements at start: Waist – 65cm, Neck – 40cm, Chest – 75cm, Thighs  Right – 27cm, Left – 29cm

Has two short sessions with a fun break in-between. Very un co-ordinated for first few sessions, with back right knee swinging out.  Settling into freer more stable pavement by week 4.

After 10 weeks Podge was having medication changes and started cluster fitting again and had a three month break from therapy.

She has just re-started her treadmill sessions and amazingly her co-ordination of her legs has not deteriorated with the fits and we are sure the regular therapy has helped to keep her strong.

Weight after 12 weeks – 24.3kg

Measurements at 12 weeks: Waist – 53.34cm,  Neck – 40cm, Chest – 73.66cm

Treatment on going.