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Old Yesterday, 02:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Mine will break through ice to play in the water.
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Mine swim in Lake Superior in May...I don't join them, we can still see ice in the distance on the Lake.
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I had a phone consultation with Dr Karen Becker today. I didnt think to ask her this question. She told me based on everything I have gone through with my dog that I need to get him in the water swimming a few times a week. Hydro therapy is $195 for 60 minutes. $75 for 30 minutes but this place is 70 minutes away with traffic.

I live 30 minutes from the long Island sound. I was hoping I could get him in the water for the next month as its only been about 60 degrees here lately. I cant afford these prices multiple times a week. I would buy a wet suit in get in with him so he can swim.
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Water temp is 60 degrees as of today
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I don't have any actual experience, but based on reading up a bit on hydrotherapy for my senior I believe the water temperature is kept in the 90s to aid in blood flow to muscles and so the muscles won't get stiff like in cooler water. If you're doing it for exercise alone, I'm sure water temps in the 60s is just fine. Just my opinion, though!
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For hydrotherapy I think you would want warm. My dog who had hip dysplasia would get stiff after being in cold water. I would not choose to swim a dog in cold water. Mine will just jump in to play in it but I don't encourage.
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