Harley is an 8 year old Doberman who was diagnosed with a bone tumour in his right hindlimb.
As a result, his owner took the difficult decision to have his leg amputated, this eliminates his pain and the risk of fracture at the tumour site. He has also just completed his course of chemotherapy.
He was struggling with weakness in the remaining hindlimb so was referred for hydrotherapy.
Being a tripod challenges balance and mobility in the remaining limbs and spine with compensations arising.
Hydrotherapy can be very helpful for tripods;
- strengthening the remaining limbs
- aiding relaxation in the musculature of the supporting limbs and the back which are
under increased strain
- increasing range of motion to the joints that take on the extra loading
- core strengthening and reaction
- non-impact, non-weight bearing exercise
- maintain stamina and cardiovascular fitness
- mental stimulation when walks may be reduced
- reduce or slow down compensations and discomfort that result from them
Harley had never been out of his depth in water before so was a little overwhelmed but has gained in confidence and swims well. He initially needed extra buoyancy under his abdomen to help support him and aid his balance but now he swims without it in just his buoyancy coat like all the other swimmers!