Everyone knows the health benefits of swimming for people and it is true for our four-legged friends as well. Therefore, it’s no wonder that Water4Dogs, which calls itself the first state-of-the-art animal rehabilitation center in New York City, is such a success. The center boasts two Ferno underwater treadmills and a custom-made swimming pool all in a room with an overhead lift system that can electronically support and carry any size dog into any part of the room. Water 4 Dogs also provides day care and boarding for dogs receiving rehabilitation services, senior dogs, and dogs that need a more quiet and subdued environment.
Water 4 Dogs is Jodi Richard’s second incarnation of an animal rehabilitation center. The first center, known as Bonnie’s K9 Corp, was inspired by Bonnie, her German Shepherd Dog that suffered from a ruptured disc. After Bonnie’s injury, Jodi started studying various forms of exercise to help Bonnie recover from her injury and surgery. In her research for the best type of exercise, she studied and was certified in myofascial release, Reiki massage, and hydro-rehabilitation techniques. After learning these techniques, Jodi started working with other dogs in March 1998. Bonnie’s K9 Corp was the first company to make hydro-rehabilitation available to dogs on the east coast.
A sampling of the offerings include:
INTENSIVE REHABILITATION SESSIONS
Intense rehabilitation sessions that must occur 3 days in a row. Recommended for dogs recovering from knee, hip, and back surgeries, and dogs with severe arthritis. These sessions include multiple treatments, such as swimming, water treadmill, massage, rehab exercises, ultrasound, electric stimulation, and laser.
The rehabilitation specialist evaluates the dog’s particular situation, including gait, limb circumference, range of motion, and proprioception and then writes a treatment plan for the dog to send to the referring veterinarian.
These rehabilitation sessions are recommended for dogs that require continuing rehabilitation maintenance and include multiple treatments, such as swimming, water treadmill, massage,rehab exercises, ultrasound, electric stimulation, and laser.
MINI REHABILITATION SESSIONS
These rehabilitation sessions are great for 10 to 15 minute add-ons to exercise swims or daycare and boarding and include multiple treatments, such as water treadmill, massage, ultrasound, electric stimulation, hot packs, cold packs, and laser.
Available to any dog, for fun or for rehabilitation. Dogs that benefit from exercise are senior dogs, overweight dogs, and dogs that love the water. These sessions are supervised by a rehabilitation specialist.
FUN SWIM SESSIONS
Dogs and their owners can play privately in the pool together. All owners must be 18 years or older.
Agility room rental
One hour of party time in the pool. The price includes party favors and a birthday gift for the guest of honor.
For more info, call 212-285-4900 or email email@example.com.