We have heard about the health benefits of drinking water. For example, water lubricates our joints and assists in delivering oxygen throughout the body. It also helps to regulate body temperature and flush body waste.* 

These benefits are true for our canine family members as well. But the benefits of water for dogs go beyond just drinking. Did you know there is another way your canine can benefit from water? (I didn’t!) It is referred to as Canine Hydro-fitness

 

What is Canine Hydro-fitness?

It is a non-weight-bearing exercise program that takes advantage of the therapeutic properties of warm water. We are fortunate to have a hydro-fitness practitioner here in the Cincinnati area. Sandy Hodges of K9 Waves is a certified Canine Hydro-therapist. She has been providing hydrotherapy services for dogs since 2008. Her experience and commitment to this field are apparent in the way she cares for her canine patients. 

 

So, why Hydro-fitness for your dog?

It has proven therapeutic for dogs that suffer from:

  • Arthritic Conditions
  • Joint Injuries 
  • Lameness 
  • Hip and Elbow Dysplasia 
  • Spinal Injuries 
  • Mobility Problems 
  • Pre- and Post-Surgical Conditioning

Some of the benefits include: 

  • Loosening Muscle Tightness 
  • Increasing Muscle Strength and Tone
  • Decreasing Swelling 
  • Increasing Circulation
  • Increasing Flexibility 
  • Improving Range of Motion

For a complete list of benefits, go to http://www.k9waves.abmp.com/benefits-of-hydro-fitness-and-massage

 

So, where can you find Sandy and K9 Waves?

Sandy’s office is located at 7637 Production Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45237. Give her a call at 

(513) 314-0685. She will be happy to hear your concerns and answer your questions. 

Please note: Canine patients must be referred by a veterinarian.

 

*Info source:   https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/290814.php and

https://www.petmd.com/dog/nutrition/evr_dg_the_importance_of_water

 
For More Information

 

K9 Waves website

http://www.k9waves.abmp.com/ 

 

K9 Waves on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/K9-Waves-Aquatic-Fitness-Spa-Cincinnati-136086236454500/?ref=br_rs

 

 

 

 

True or False? Your dog has a special identifier that is the equivalent of a fingerprint for humans.

 

According to the American Kennel Club, the answer to the question is TRUEEvery dog’s nose print is unique. No two dogs have the same.  Every bump and ridge is their own.

 

This is a true statement for another family pet — your cat!

When you pick up a camera which eye do you use to look through the viewfinder? Most people use their right eye. I would too, except, I can’t. My right eye is “lazy”.

 

At the age of 16, I went to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to get my driver license. I was given an eye exam. The only letter on the eye chart that I could see with my right eye was the letter E — in part because I knew that was the letter at the top of the chart. When I was unable to distinguish any of the other letters with my right eye I was asked by the administrator, “What are you? Blind?”

 

That question echoed in my mind. I felt defeated and disabled, limited by my vision.

 

Maybe this is why, when I look through the lens, I am truly amazed by the details. It is the face that draws me in. I see every color in a pet’s eyes, every wisp of fur, and the uniqueness of every animal.

 

To this day I have a choice to make. I can say, “If only I had two good eyes then I would be a better photographer.” Or I can say, “I only need one good eye to look through my camera –and that is what I have!”

 

It’s in those moments of taking a picture that I celebrate what I can see, every detail of God’s creation, and I am thankful for one good eye.

 

My “vision” is limitless.