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    Maxi's first hydro session lasted for 30mins with lots of breaks... He was bug-eyed scared.

    next sessions were easier to watch still 30mins and only a few breaks plus a doggy life jacket.

    last few sessions the whole 30mins swimming with life jacket...

    I can't comment on the fifty paces, but I think Newfie used to do bush-style hydro with Katy and said something about a gradual incline to get into water not steep inclines...

    If you are worried what about a cart of some sort...
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    Can i ask, what is your dog wearing a life jacket for?
    Ive borrowed one, as all pics of dog hydrotherapy have photo's of dogs in swimming pools, with life jackets on? But i dont actually know why they are wearing them, as surely, not all these dogs are non swimmers?

    I spoke to surgeon yesterday. Told him all was fine. Dog is still not walking fine and has muscle wasting occurring. Vet seems concerned. I picked that up immediately. And vet said, that 12 days in crate, you should not be able to see muscle wasting yet.
    WTF?
    I wish i was not a medical person sometimes! Of course you have muscle wasting with non use!

    He suggested some injectable immune booster. OMG, i nearly freaked out at vet on phone there n then.
    WTF does immune system, in a healthy adult dog, have to do with muscle wasting from confinement? And of course, there are some marvelous injections i can have for her. That will boost her immune system post surgery, and his fee of course!

    I took a few deep breaths. Agreed to attend for suture removal on saturday, and that will be all thank you.
    Im not keen on vets anymore. I dont want nowt to do with them.
    Till i get a personal recommendation and behaviour that warrants faith once more. Money grabbing shits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bernie View Post
    Can i ask, what is your dog wearing a life jacket for?
    Ive borrowed one, as all pics of dog hydrotherapy have photo's of dogs in swimming pools, with life jackets on? But i dont actually know why they are wearing them, as surely, not all these dogs are non swimmers?
    Probably the same reason you were going to hold Pohm’s tail when you are going to take her for a swim - steering and control. A lead can be attached to the vest.
    Not all dogs can swim. Some can learn – others regardless of what you or they do – sink like a stone ! smiley-eatdrink004.gif

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    Steering and control huh? and its the dog that wears it right? lol

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    Yes - Bernie !

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    Well if you're doing hydrotherapy because there is less doggy weight in the water, it makes sense to put the dog in a life jacket. Less weight on the joints. And not so deep that the dog starts to swim..

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    We have used an IV of Vit C post surgery which had really good results.
    Bounce back very quickly (actually too quickly the last time and old dog wanting
    to run around chasing magpies)
    Donna charged $60 for home visit and $50 for the IV.
    I am so glad I found her. God bless google.

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    Life jacket was put on Maxi because he kept turning to try and climb onto Ray (therapy guy) the life jacket had a handle on top which Ray could hold with one hand and with the other he could feel what was going on with Maxi's legs whilst he was swimming making sure that he was using them correctly, and feeling for muscle tone.


    this therapist was great did everything by feel. Told me exactly what was going on with Maxi legs that the X-rays and vet told me, without talking to vet or viewing X-rays.


    I just know once the vest was on Maxi seemed more calmer not so panicked. Once he even heard a dog barking while in the pool and so proceeded to answer back happy barks...
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    ok, as i wont be swimming Pohm till Sun/mon. Thought id start with training the vest/lifejacket.
    She does not want to wear clothes. But IS wearing clothes. Each time she thinks i am not looking, she attempts to take it off, so im distracting her. This is only on her 10 mins crate break for toileting.
    then i locked the dogs behind the fence, to allow her to go to usual toilet spot, say hi to dogs with me ensuring we're all GENTLE!, and went well. They are so happy to see her out of that crate. Bernie was leaning all over her, sliding around her body, trying to get as much body contact as the 5 mins would allow. Brian was awfully excited to see the passion of his loins apparently accessible, and went for a mount on 2 occasions. Then bernie bit the lifejacket and tore it, like he wanted it off her? Weird are dogs sometimes.

    then she decided after mount number 2, she'd get back inside, in that crate away from mr horny. And took my back door out with her cone of shame! Just walked through it, using the cone as a barge, and popped it out of the runners, it crashed onto my dining room flor, and then walked into house, over top of it.
    I had the leash, 2 dogs sniffing up around us, trying to pull her away from dog flap, as clearly you cant get through there with a cone on your head, Surely?

    Where there's a rottie, there's a way: just walk through solid matter, it will break before you do.
    Pohm is way too strong n active and wanting to take over again. Great sign of recovery, but needs even more restraint now than before. And previous mechanical items that used to hold her, like er doors! dont anymore.

    I will sew up the life jacket, and pop it on her for meals. She can then associate it with nice things.

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    I love reading your dog stories!

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