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Swim therapy vs hydrotherapy for rear leg amputee
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17 April 2019 - 12:50 pm
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Hello everyone, 

We have been on the waitlist at SAGE for rehab for almost a month now and I am getting worried we may never get an appointment! I reached out to a woman our vet recommended that offers swim therapy sessions…butI am wondering, is swim therapy as effective as hydrotherapy for a rear leg amputee? 

Thanks in advance! 

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17 April 2019 - 2:04 pm
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You ask a great question Vicky! We addressed that in this blog post you may find useful:

Texas A&M Vet Rehab and Swimming Tips for Tripawd Dogs

SAGE is awesome but if you can’t get in soon you may want to try Dr. Strubel in Pacifica. I know it’s a haul if you’re in the East Bay, but friends of ours in Oakland found it worth the drive. They had a great experience with her, she knows her stuff: 

https://www.awe…..edpet.com/

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17 April 2019 - 2:20 pm
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Hi Jerry! I reached out to A Well Adjusted Pet when I first started my search and they were all booked til mid May… and also really really expensive! The evaluation itself is $375.. yikes.

Thank you for sharing the video, I came across the video you shared as I was searching the forum which brought me to start my original post. I was hoping some tripawd pawrents have had some good experiences with swim therapy. 

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17 April 2019 - 4:18 pm
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Wow that is on the high end for sure. Don’t forget that whoever you go with our Tripawds Foundation may reimburse up to $200 for that first consult as long as the practitioner has a “CCRT” or “CCRP” after their name.

Oh cool glad you found the video. Yes we’ve had tons of members report good results with swim therapy! Here’s one from the Way Back Machine:

https://tripawd…..ng-lesson/

and if you dig through these blog search results you’ll find more adorable stories of swimming Tripawds

https://tripawd…..e=swimming

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