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The role of land and underwater treadmills in veterinary rehabilitation

San Diego

In a dvm360® interview, Matthew Brunke, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRP, CVPP, CVA, shared why veterinary professionals would use land treadmills versus underwater treadmills and he described their benefits.

In an interview at the Fetch dvm360® conference in San Diego, Matthew Brunke, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRP, CVPP, CVA, explained that cost is a major factor when deciding to use land versus underwater treadmills, plus he outlined the advantages of each rehabilitation method.

View the video below for the entire discussion. The following is a partial transcript:

Matthew Brunke, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRP, CVPP, CVA: I like both land and underwater treadmills, and the actual fun is most of the underwater treadmills will work with just a little bit of water like the dogs are walking through puddles, so they're a little bit more variable. But the cost is a big difference and to be honest, most of us probably have a treadmill sitting in either our practice or our house that's currently holding our dry cleaning. Most dogs that are 60 pounds and under have a normal walking stride on a human treadmill. So if you're just getting started in rehab and you have a treadmill lying around at home, put that to use.

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