Hydrotherapy, also referred to as water therapy or aquatics, refers to the use of water to treat a variety of conditions in veterinary patients and includes the use of swimming and an Underwater Treadmill

Hydrotherapy is useful for treating both orthopedic and neurological conditions. In an UWTM, warm water supports muscle relaxation and improved circulation, which can reduce pain and encourage movement. Additionally, water provides both pressure and buoyancy, allowing the animal to move and exercise without having to support its full weight. For overweight dogs or dogs with arthritis, this is an excellent way to exercise with minimal impact on the joints. It is also an excellent tool for dogs recovering from orthopedic surgery (such as cruciate/ACL tears or fracture repairs), promoting earlier return to function. For dogs with neurological disease resulting in loss of use of one or more limbs, UWTM therapy can support appropriate gait and balance and slow progression of disease. UWTM therapy is also a useful tool for improving fitness, as treadmill speed and incline can be adjusted, water levels can be adjusted to provide more resistance, and a jet to provide turbulence can be added to provide greater challenge for the canine athlete! An UWTM is versatile tool for the veterinarian to tailor a program to meet the unique needs of your animal, whether that is for rehabilitation, weight loss, or fitness goals for your animal.

Kekoa Nui Kennels is partnering with Yoshiko Veterinary Rehabilitation, LLC Managed by Dr. Kimi Ross.

Dr. Kimi Ross earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Washington State University in 2016. Since then she has had a variety of experiences, including practicing as a solo doc in rural Alaska and as a Humane Society veterinarian on the island of Molokai. She is currently an associate at Pahoa Animal Hospital where she emphasizes holistic care for her canine and feline patients. Among her patients in Alaska were many athletic dogs, from long distance racing athletes to hiking and hunting companions. Due to their lifestyle, these patients often presented as limping or lame, inspiring Dr. Kimi to pursue additional training for canine rehabilitation therapy, resulting in a newfound passion for this branch of veterinary medicine. Although she no longer works with sled dogs, Dr. Kimi continues to be passionate about improving the welfare and quality of life of dogs (and cats!) with a variety of orthopedic and neurological conditions. She is excited to partner with Kekoa Nui Kennels LLC to add hydrotherapy with an Underwater Treadmill (UWTM) to her toolbox for supporting mobility and fitness for her patients.