FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We’re paw-sitive that you’ll love The Mutt Mobile, but we know you may have some questions fur-st.
We use a state of the art UV filter to circulate and clean the water between each use. The heated water has a dash of chlorine in it for sanitization; the small amount will not affect your dog’s coat. We fully change out the water as needed, usually once a week.
No – it’s for all dogs! Please note that although many veterinarians may prescribe hydrotherapy to help your pet recover from a specific injury or condition, we do not provide diagnostic, surgical, or veterinary services.
The length of time is wholly individual for each pup. Some dogs need 30 minutes to get out their energy while others may only be able to handle 5 minutes to get their legs moving again. Our experts will work with you and your animal to get the best results.
As much as three times a week! Hydrotherapy is so gentle on and good for the body that there’s really no downside.
To keep all dogs safe, we don’t allow animals with open wounds and rashes, a history of seizures or heart disease, and urinary infections.
Not unless you want to! We provide towels because we want to prevent poodles… I mean puddles. We love poodles.
The number of sessions required, or for how long the therapy should continue, will depend on your dog’s condition and your overall goal.
When hydrotherapy is prescribed for senior dogs developing arthritis, the vet will likely recommend hydrotherapy in perpetuity. For dogs with temporary injuries, a few sessions over a couple of weeks would be enough for the dog to start walking properly again. Hydrotherapy sessions would typically be longer and more frequent if the purpose is to initiate weight loss in the dog.
The effectiveness of hydrotherapy for dogs, along with the individual dog’s acceptance of the treatment, will further determine duration. Their enjoyment and efficacy can vary widely, so we recommend just trying it out to see!
Hydrotherapy might not be suitable for all dogs. Dogs with certain health conditions, such as cardiovascular issues or some neurological conditions, may be unable to use an underwater treadmill. Ear infections and skin conditions are also discouraged from underwater treadmills; we recommend checking with your veterinarian. Dogs with cardiovascular issues, hydrophobia, and infected wounds should not take part in hydrotherapy.
Hydrotherapy cannot cure illnesses. Its primary purpose is to reduce pain from injuries and help strengthen the muscle and joints of recovering dogs. Underwater treadmill treatment can alleviate symptoms of certain illnesses but cannot cure any diseases.
Absolutely not! Some breeds were born to swim. Some dogs, on the other hand, are scared of water. Forcing the animal to partake in hydrotherapy may cause trauma, likely worsening their health. It is always advisable to consult the vet and conduct a proper health examination to determine if hydrotherapy for dogs is suitable and beneficial for your fur baby.
Tip: Many dogs are food motivated, and a little treat goes a long way.
Tip: If your dog is toy-driven, you can use toys to coax them in and ease their fear. Try rolling a ball down the ramp for your dog to follow.
Tip: Using a life jacket can make your dog feel more secure. Life jackets are a must in open water. We recommend the Ruff Wear Float Coat.
You can take your dog swimming once a week to start with (if they are not used to it). Once their stamina builds up, you may take them swimming 3-4 times each week. Once your dog becomes a pro swimmer, you can take your pet swimming every day.
Never force your dog to swim. When you are first introducing your dog to an underwater treadmill, start slowly. Let them get used to the water and equipment. Your dog may be nervous. Typically, our pet therapists will enter the tank with the dog and stay throughout the first therapy session to make sure they are comfortable.
If your dog is nervous around water, we recommend accustoming them to walking on the treadmill first before filling up the tank with water. We can add an inch or so of water to start and then gradually add more water as your dog gets used to the sensation.
Most dogs will eventually become accustomed to the equipment and will enjoy the exercise. Dogs do not need to be able to swim because they will be able to touch the bottom at all times.
Our unit is not a swimming pool, it is a treadmill. In the Hydro Treadmill dogs are not submerged in water and thus do not need to know how to swim.
Research suggests that most dogs enjoy being in water. We do understand however that your mutt may be apprehensive.
We would never force a dog who is reluctant into a tread as your dog’s spirit is here to be supported, not broken. We will openly work with you and your pet using gentle methods of safe and supported coercive tactics.
We do not allow for anyone other than the MUTT team to be inside the treadmill with the dog for safety and sanitation purposes. You can, however, stay in the mobile unit as your dog exercises. If your dog needs more comfort and/or motivation we can work with you to walk your dog next to the treadmill with you.
Don’t forget that during your first consultation there will be a small introduction to the treadmill where we can collectively determine the best course of action.
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