Q&A: Is hydrotherapy feasible for a smaller practice?

May 1, 2017
Matthew Brunke, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRP, CVPP, CVA

Dr. Matthew Brunke is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and practices rehab, acupuncture and pain management in the Maryland area. For more information check out http://DrBrunke.Wordpress.com.

CVC educator Dr. Matt Brunke, CCRP, CVPP, CVA, explains why you should consider adding this multifactorial tool to your practice.

Hydrotherapy, more specifically underwater treadmills, are a favorite therapy of CVC educator Matt Brunke, DVM, CCRP, CVPP, CVA. Why? Because it's a truly multifactorial tool, he says.

“It allows us to work on obese patients, dogs and cats with osteoarthritis or neurological problems,” Dr. Brunke says.

Even better, the underwater treadmill has clear wellness uses as a growth center in even smaller practices. The treadmill can be used to exercise dogs that are being boarded, which can add an additional stream of revenue, especially with younger dogs that need a good amount of exercise, he says. At his practice, he's even built a relationship with local law enforcement and military branches, to utilize the treadmill with their K-9 officers to keep them in peak working condition.