Recently we bought a large vinyl-sided kiddie pool to help rehabilitate our dogs who recently had FHO surgery. We couldn’t take Chelsea to the beach as much as we wanted; when we learned Scarlett also needed FHO surgery and took in a foster puppy in the same condition, we knew we needed a solution! This $20 kiddie pool from WalMart was the answer– and an added backyard perk for Harley, the water bug 🙂
Swimming is a great post-surgery workout; it strengthens the diminished leg muscles and improves muscle function. Additionally, dogs heal much faster than those who do not swim. At first, we put both Chelsea and Bethany on leashes and walked them around the pool in circles. When they got comfortable, we removed the leashes and let them splash around.
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Scarlett took some convincing. The first attempts to get her in the pool ended with her clearing the 2.5 ft. wall and taking off across the yard. Eventually, she started to tolerate it and was just standing around. Though she hasn’t yet had FHO surgery, she was putting even pressure on all her legs, including the bad one. We’re getting her used to the pool so when she gets surgery in the next month, pool rehab will be easy.
Harley isn’t injured at all but he is obsessed with the pool! As far as he’s concerned, it’s his pool. He’s the only one small enough to have to swim; he hops in from a chair and swims around in circles for 15 minutes at a time! When he’s done, he swims to an edge and props his front paws up, gets on his hind legs and hops out.
We also took Chelsea and Bethany down to the lake– they were not fans 🙂 I guess only our 7 lb. terror can handle the big, scary lake!
One day, we hope to have a real pool they can swim in! Until then, doggy pool will have to do 🙂 Do your dogs like to swim? Where do you take them for fun in the water?