Underwater Treadmill

Our state-of-the-art underwater treadmill is designed to give animals an aerobic workout in a low-impact environment. Exercising in water will improve strength, endurance, range-of-motion, normalize gait mechanics, help with weight loss if necessary, and improve overall well-being for companion animals. The buoyancy the water provides helps the pet to bear less weight during exercise which reduces the load on sore muscles and joints making them more comfortable in motion. The water is kept at a warm temperature (88-93°) that is soothing to achy joints, increases blood flow to help mobility and healing, and relaxes tight muscles. The underwater treadmill workouts have the added benefit of providing water pressure to reduce swelling and edema in injured animals or those recovering from surgery. Many pets who are unable to walk or run normally (or even stand) on land can comfortably perform exercises, or learn to walk again, in the water.

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Most dogs adjust very well to the water and learn to enjoy it. We begin very slowly with the pets both in speed and duration. They are fitted with life-jackets and can be encouraged with treats from the owner over the side. Our rehabilitation therapist starts in the water with all patients until the pet is comfortable and the therapist is confident of the pet's ability during the workouts. The underwater treadmill is an excellent tool for weight loss as the added resistance of the water provides for more effective exercise than walking on land. Depending on the level of the water, it is possible for a pet to bear as little as 40% of its body-weight which significantly reduces strain on the body and joints that are normally stressed by extra body weight.For athletes, working, or show dogs, the underwater treadmill can provide the perfect source for conditioning and endurance-building workouts. The water can help increase cardiopulmonary fitness and build muscle without overly straining the animals.

Location

2896 East 3300 South Salt Lake City, UT 84109

Office Hours

*Due to COVID-19 our hours have temporarily been reduced**

Monday:

11:00 AM

8:00 PM

Tuesday:

Closed

Wednesday:

9:00 AM

4:00 PM

Thursday:

9:00 AM

4:00 PM

Friday:

Closed

Saturday:

By Appointment Only

Sunday:

Closed

Testimonials

Read What Our Clients Say

  • "Monte-
    Pat and Shawna have had a tremendous impact on our dog Monte's recovery and quality of life. Monte ruptured a vertebral disc in his neck and lost significant use of his hind legs. Since surgery, Pat has performed physical therapy and Shawna has performed acupuncture. Monte is now walking and running and appears to be pain free. Monte responds very well to Pat's underwater treadmill treatment and to Shawna's acupuncture sessions. Just as important, Monte has bonded with both Pat and Shawna. We are convinced that Monte's continuing progress is best left in Pat's and Shawna's hands. We don't like to think what Monte's quality of life would be like without their excellent care."
    - Tony Magann and Jody Clark
  • "Bruno-
    Bruno, our 12 year old German Shepherd, suffered a FCE on November 23, 2008. Although he had managed with slow progressing Degenerative Myelopathy, this incident nearly paralyzed him. The vets could not offer much hope for a recovery, stating that there would probably be no real improvement after the first two weeks. We were fortunate to find Pat Werner with her skill, caring, and experience. After beginning a series of physical therapy sessions, including the underwater treadmill, Bruno showed marked improvement. He steadily gained strength and coordination. Pat suggested we have Shawna evaluate Bruno as a candidate for acupuncture... Bruno's physical therapy and acupuncture not only restored his mobility, it made him really happy. He truly looked forward to working with Pat in the tank and then relaxing with Shawna for acupuncture. We credit and thank Pat and Shawna for the life they returned to our friend."
    - Susan Monahan
  • "Bosco-
    Pat and Shawna are two of the most compassionate and knowledgeable people we know. When our German Shepherd, Bosco, was diagnosed with Degenerative Myelopathy, a progressively debilitating disease, through physical therapy and acupuncture, we are convinced Pat and Shawna were able to slow down the progression to give Bosco more quality time to spend with his two sisters and to give him a better quality of life. Now we have our Rottweiler, Maggie, in physical therapy and acupuncture due to bone cancer which led to an amputation of her back leg. Through physical therapy and acupuncture, Maggie is learning to walk again pain free. We would recommend Utah Pet Rehab to anyone!"
    - Mike and Lisa Schlaikjer
  • "Clio-
    Pat and Shawna have greatly increased out dog's quality of life. They are gentle, caring and respectful with Clio. We feel like a member of our family is helping to care for her when she gets a treatment from them."
    - Alice &Gary Moe