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Santiago - A Canine Search and Rescue Dog

Santiago’s story began when he first came up lame at about 18 months old. I took him to the veterinary clinic. Everything was done including x-rays and nothing was found. I went to another clinic and the exams and x-rays were redone and still nothing conclusive. Santi healed after a month and he seemed fine.

A year later he came up lame again and back to the vets we went. This time I got several diagnosis such as group of muscle tears and torn ligaments. So, I went to a rehabilitation vet for further instructions as to exercises twice a day for weeks. We also did underwater treadmill treatments once a week. Santi did not improve beyond bearing weight on that leg but could not hike more than one hour without lift his leg in pain. I kept pointing out that back foot looking odd with that toe splayed out. I wanted the foot x-rayed but I was told no it looked just fine.

At this point, I was really upset and called Pet Suites to tell them what went down. They talked to me at length, referred us to their vet and encouraged me not to give up and not to compromise. Their vet immediately noted the foot I was referring to and said the rest of Santi was sound. He did x-ray that foot and showed me the results. It had been broken and healed very poorly - The joint bones were fused and in a curve! The vet said was too late to be re-broken and set in a cast, and it might have to be amputated.

The next morning Santi went into surgery. Once the stitches were out, Santi went to Pet Suites Canine Aquatic Exercise Pool on a weekly basis. When I was off work, I took Santi for additional sessions. Six weeks later he's back practicing air scent and cadaver with his Search and Rescue team. We are up to six miles in hiking and adding more miles each week.  Santi continues with maintenance swims at Pet Suites. The staff at Pet Suites are highly trained and under their care Santi has healed quickly and regained his strength; most importantly he is once again a happy dog.

I am so appreciative of Pet Suites. They were there for both Santiago and me. They gave me the courage to continue to find resolution and gave Santi a quick recovery. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

- Carol Kirby

Thank you for your kind care of Annie. Her difficulty in walking came on fairly suddenly in the fall of 2012 along with stiffness in her neck and spine. It was wonderful to see how she improved - able to hold her head up and walk better - as soon as she started Canine Aquatics with you. I was so grateful for all your kindness to her including your supplying the wagon to help get her from the car to the building when it became clear that walking on the asphalt was hard for her. And the Canine Aquatics really made a difference - keeping her muscles from atrophying when walking became a real chore for her. It was a lucky day when the receptionist at our vets' told us about you!

With all good wishes and thanks,
- Marian (& Michael) Spielberger-McQueen, Espanola

Jita, a 6-year-old Rottweiler

Unfortunately, our dog has bone problems and most recently, a bad right rear knee and hip issues. For the last 6 months we have been using your warm water treatments and.... have had good success in strengthening her rear leg and hip areas. She is now stronger, more confident and active. Your care with and for her is greatly appreciated, and we will continue weekly treatments.

- John M. Nye, Tesuque

Freddie's pelvis bone was broken before he was adopted and never healed correctly. He had surgery to repair it, but afterward was immobile and in pain for weeks. His leg muscles atrophied and he couldn’t feel or walk. His right rear leg looked like a shriveled chicken wing and dangled 4” above the ground!

Freddie’s vet recommended Pet Suites Canine Aquatics Program as an alternative to amputating the leg!

After 3 visits a week for 3 months in the pool, Freddie’s leg was fully restored. At his follow-up visit, the vet said it had improved 1000%! - Roy O.

Everyone at Pet Suites helped my dog Leonard make the best out of a bad situation: a terminal illness. They infused joy and comfort into Leonard's last and most challenging year. Leonard and I thank you for everything you do with ALL of our hearts. The Heart never forgets.

- Anne & Leonard Sebastian

Riley, my 9-year old Flat-coated Retriever was having some mobility issues this winter due to arthritis or an injury.  I decided to give Pet Suites' canine swim spa a try. and Riley is so glad I did!  She has always been athletic and used to do a lot of swimming before we moved to Santa Fe.  In the last couple of months, not only has her limping improved, but her attitude is young and happy again and she has lost 5 pounds! Now when I pull up outside the Pet Suites building, Riley hops out of the car, into the building and straight back to the pool like she owns the place. Now I take all 3 of my dogs for exercise swim and they love it!  

Many thanks to all of you at Pet Suites for offering this mode of exercise, and for always taking good care of my dogs. 

- Nancy Brown, Cody, Riley & Cooper

"Our dog Casey was diagnosed with lateral sclerosis after hip surgery. We believe he had damage to his spine. His legs would splay all the time and he couldn't stand on his hind legs or get up without help. Thanks to Pet Suites' Aquatic Exercise program he's able to walk upright, and is stronger and able to do more than before. His attitude has gotten better: he seems happier and moves around a lot more on his own - even wants to play with his ball. He used to just want to lay around and now he wants to chase his ball and play."

- The Zimmermans

 "At 18 months of age, our Bernese Mountain Dog, Bella had to have TWO rear knee replacements and they never were right: Even with more corrective surgery she still had a limp! After her first 3 sessions at Pet Suites' Swim Spa. Bella was not only able to walk without a limp, but she could run and jumped into my truck! And she's happy! That's what I like - she doesn't limp and I can tell she's not in pain any more cause she's happy! I'm a believer." Sue Baust

 "Our 14 year old mixed breed was attacked by coyotes, which left his back legs completely torn apart. He was saved by surgery but the extended recovery period left his legs completely atrophied, so he could barely walk. We decided to send him 2x a week for aquatic exercise at Pet Suites. After his first session he felt noticeably better. After 3 sessions he was extremely happy, active, and acted like a puppy! With continuing sessions he was not only walking but running in circles! He loved going and got to the point where he was swimming laps. I would just say the word "Swim?" and he'd jump in the car! We were so grateful to have found such a wonderful place." The Cowells

"Our dog Sarah was a typical golden retriever who loves the water and went boating with us every chance she got. However, she experienced 2 very traumatic events in a very short period of time. The first was the death of my husband - Sarah's constant companion, which caused her to grieve and become depressed. The second was a horrifying ordeal where she jumped into a man-made lake, and was unable to climb out because the sides of the lake were curved inward. She panicked and swam to near-exhaustion while we got help. She was rescued, but injured her neck and back, and after that incident, she was afraid to go anywhere near water until we took her to Pet Suites..

The staff was extremely intuitive and patient and spent over an hour in the pool, connecting with our dog, relaxing and reassuring her as they moved slowly through the water. I call it a "rebirth" for lack of a better term. Sarah learned to trust again, and let go of her grief, anxiety and pain. It was such a moving experience that our entire family - myself, my daughter, and our teenage grandkids - were all crying with happiness because Sarah had found her bliss in the water once more. In the sessions that followed, Sarah became active and confident, to the point of playing fetch and swimming against the jets to retrieve a toy. Today, she is back to her joyful self again."

- Martha Montgomery

What is Canine HydroTherapy?

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Painting of a Dog

Canine hydrotherapy is a form of physical therapy for dogs, conducted in a warm water pool or swim-spa. The temperature of the water is designed to match the normal temperature a dog’s body: approximately 100-102 degrees Fahrenheit. Hydrotherapy is used in the treatment of chronic or degenerative conditions, such as degenerative joints, discs, arthritis, dysplasia, as well as pre-operative conditioning, post-operative recovery; rehabilitation from physical or emotional trauma, as well as an excellent form of weightless exercise for geriatric or obese dogs and general fitness for athletic dogs.

The benefits of swimming and movement in water are well documented and have been used for centuries. Dogs often suffer from conditions which may be aggravated by weight-bearing exercise. Injuries to the back, joints, ligaments, etc. may also make post-operative exercise in dogs problematic. Old or obese dogs, while requiring exercise, may exacerbate existing conditions or cause injuries to themselves due to the weight exerted on their joints during regular walking or land exercise.
Warm water therapy is especially advantageous because it removes stress and weight from the joints and other afflicted areas, helps relax the muscles and allows full range of motion. Because of water's increased resistance to movement, a 10 minute swim is equivalent to about a 10 mile run - thus creating a more efficient environment for exercise and healing.

Water is the basic component of life: it stimulates, relaxes and can have a positive effect on all systems of the body on both the physical and emotional level. From the moment of conception, infants, - or in this case - puppies! -spend their entire gestation period in warm fluid within their mother's womb. This is an innate time of nurturing and development. The influences at the cellular level of being held in warm water are intensely profound. And so it is with our canine friends. It is our goal to see that each canine client is able to relax and enjoy the benefits of their hydrotherapy session and leave having experienced comfort, relief and a renewed sense of well-being.

The Physical Benefits of Canine HydroTherapy

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For Dogs with Injuries or Chronic Conditions

For Dogs with Injuries or Chronic Conditions, such as:
Arthritis; Paralysis / Immobility: Hip, Elbow or Knee Dyspepsia; Degenerative Spine, Discs or Joints; Pre-Surgical Conditioning and/or Post- Surgical Rehabilitation.

Also Beneficial for: Geriatric or Obese Dogs and Dogs with Physical / Emotional Trauma.