The Oasis, our state of the art, underwater treadmill, offers a highly aerobic workout that is also low impact. The chamber can be filled to different levels to accommodate various size dogs from the tiny tea cup Chihuahua to a stately Mastiff or Great Dane!

Benefits of underwater exercise:

Buoyancy -this property unloads the joints anywhere from 9% at the hock, 15% at the stifle or 62% at the hip. This puts less stress on the joints and requires less muscle strength to support the body. A vest can help further with support of comfort.

Hydrostatic pressure - this is the pressure exerted on the dog's body by water. The pressure helps decrease edema (swelling) in the tissues and joints and enhances circulation. It also helps to decrease pain by decreasing the hypersensitivity of the pain receptors.

Viscosity & Resistance - this strengthens the muscles and increases cardiovascular fitness. Increasing the speed of the belt (walking speed) enhances this effect. Studies on humans have shown greater oxygen uptake (27-34%) in water exercise. Jets can further increase the resistance.

Water temperature - warm water increases circulation, increases joint flexibility and decreases pain. Cool water increases the cardiovascular demand of the exercise and therefor better conditions your younger dog or athlete. 

Conditions that benefit from hydrotherapy:

Older or Arthritic Dogs
Paralyzed dogs or other neurological conditions
Post-surgical dogs
Overweight dogs
Athletic dogs looking for a competitive edge
Dogs just looking for a new and fun exercise program!
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