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My initial thought was how did that dog get in that fish tank
thats one expensive fish you got there sir
It’s a dogfish. Very tropical. You have to get the PH just right.
It's actually a land shark that some how found water.
I thought he was in a picture frame
My first thought is how most of the world doesn't have physical therapy for people in need and America has it for dogs.
America doesn't have it for people in need either. Btw: How do you know this is in America?
Yeah we do we have Medicaid. I'm a PT.
Depends on the state. I would qualify for it in a state that expanded Medicaid when Obamacare rolled out, but Mississippi opted out. My options are nothing, or choosing between three subsidized private insurance plans of varying degrees of poor quality. My state has only one participating insurance provider. The plans they offer are inadequate and getting worse every year.
Why is it poor quality? Just curious.
When I was on an ACA plan, I paid $180/month for an insurance plan that had a $10,000 deductible. It paid for me to have a no-cost “annual” physical with my obgyn and it covered birth control, but that was it.
There were other things I wanted to do, but basically nothing else was covered (including PT that I wanted). I went to urgent care because I had a sinus infection for 3 weeks and insurance didn’t cover a cent. It was cheaper for me to tell them I didn’t have insurance because they gave a 10% discount to self pay before I left the office. It was $250 for a nurse to tell me to buy OTC medications and wait it out.
I support the ACA in theory, but without regulations on the medical industry, it’s ridiculous and what a fucking waste of $180/month for a year until I opted out.
And then if you choose not to buy the insurance, any insurance, because it's too expensive for the coverage, you're penalized on your taxes. The whole industry, from big pharma, to healthcare providers, to the insurance companies, needs overhauled. For all the problems conservatives insist are inherent in universal healthcare, I simply don't believe it could possibly be worse than what we have right now. Spend your whole life working toward a comfortable retirement, or some sort of retirement, and one major illness can wipe out your finances. Or worse yet, you can avoid healthcare for fear of the expense and suffer or die unnecessarily. That's the reality for millions of Americans.
It looks like a first world luxury, maybe it's Canada.
Yeah can confirm we have coverage for our pets (they are family after all). This is hydrotherapy combined with treadmill training, pretty standard up here for (big dog) pet care. Mine goes a couple times a month.
We have a local dog daycare with a salt water pool. It is where "dock dogs" train for competitions now. But when it opened I paid $10 for a private 1hr swim with my dog once every week or two. It was awesome. Now it's like $25 and has to be scheduled weeks in advance.
Please don’t think of America as a country with good healthcare
Pt is outrageously expensive in the USA. I don't know if it's inflated over billing. My insurance paid $400 a session so some nice people encourage me to exercise for an hour. Twice a week, that's $3200 for a month.
edit: So after arguing with people downthread I went to the actual EOB's and found the paid amount was a very reasonable $60 a session.
I apologize for disparaging an unnamed provider.
Your insurance overpaid, mine only paid $80/session.
My baby has been in once a week in home PT since he was 16 weeks old. It's billed at $250 a visit. After my insurance and his Dads insurance we pay $14.56 per session and we both have premium plans from our employers. At his 6 and 9 month evals we've pretty much determined he'll be in PT until 1.5 maybe 2.
My parents dog went for hydro therapy in South Africa. I’d imagine you could find it in most places.
Bite the hell out of those waves, my doggo
“Try to make me thin will ya?”
My dog did this as well, while it might be cute to watch it's super annoying afterwards. His belly is filled with this pool water and it exits in a quite spectacular way through his butthole...
My dog does it too and she fills herself up with pool water, I can’t take her in anymore it’s honestly kinda scary
I thought it was just my dog, he starts coughing and looks like he has problems
My GSD would never be able to complete this task. So much water to bite, people with cameras that aren't petting, and is that a fly on the wall???
My GSD is the exact same way lol. I’ll add in that someone in the house has snacks and they aren’t sharing and that’s the most important thing in the world right now. Was that a chip hitting the floor somewhere?!
Have a GSD as well. Anytime I take hime to the lake or ocean he just wants to bite water. No interest in swimming at all. He HAS to bite the water. Is this just a GSD thing?
I have a GSD pup and she’s starting to bite the water during bath time... it might be a gsd thing
My GSD puppy is a water biter, not so much a swimmer. Further confirmation.
Mine has tried to bite water since I first used a hose around him at 4 months old or so haha. Now he whines and pleads if I don’t splash him (he tries to hit the waves) when I swim. Gotta be in their blood
Have GSD. Bites water, but prefers snow.
He's 10 now and just started swimming this summer. I don't think they like swimming all that much.
My dog is only half GSD. She still bites the water. She'll swim if I throw her ball in the water, but she attacks sprinklers (not the nozzle only the Jets of water) Seafoam, out anything really.
My GSD likes to bite water from the shower head when she has a bath, and likes to lay in paddling pools and puddles. Every GSD I know loves water but hate having baths haha.
Mine did both. She would randomly decide it was swim time in the pond beside my house, do some laps and bite the water the whole time.
This sounds lovely, except her fur took forever to dry, and she'd jump in at all hours, or even when the pond was barely above freezing. Couldn't resist that swim.
Growing up my GSD hated swimming but loved to bite water. If we tried using the hose it was impossible to get the plants watered, car rinsed, or sidewalk cleared. She'd be right in front of the nozzle biting the water and would follow you.
Eventually we had to leave her in the house if we needed to get something done with the hose and she'd whine and whimper and pace to every window trying to watch us using the hose.
She was also afraid of bees.
My miniature pinscher does the same thing, it's weird but still aww.
GSD = good swimming dog?
German Shepherd Dog, otherwise commonly referred to as GSD
Which is the dumbest abbreviation ever. Everyone knows it's a dog. Gonna start calling the Akita an AID, or Akita Inu Dog? Get that extra redundancy in there!
Nah gotta get the distinction between a shepherd of German origin and the German shepherd dog
It comes from a direct translation of the German name, Deutscher Schäferhund, "German Shepherd Dog".
I think I might be your dog...
You sound like my 9 year old whenever I give him a task. No focus, that child.
Why is the abbreviation GSD?
Our therapist smeared peanut butter on the inside of the front glass, our dogs stayed very focused after that.
Can confirm: our doggos love peanut butter smeared over a banana xD
Can confirm: my childhood doggo went after mice traps to get the peanut butter.
Only took her a few times (and hiding the traps better) to learn to leave them alone. She was a brilliant dog, but LOVED peanut butter
Can confirm: a friend tried the PB ball trick.
You... I'm watching you.
Still trying to figure out what kinda fish this is? Well he seems nice.
It‘s the shape-shifting octopus from the post earlier today.
Get well soon pup :-)
So what does this therapy do and why does he need it
Exercise with very low impact on the joints. Typically for dogs after a knee/leg injury
That makes sense. Thanks
Works on humans too. There are exercise programs for the elderly and disabled that take place in swimming pools because it allows for a greater range of motion with less overall effort and less chance of injury.
Am arthritic, can confirm exercise in pool is way better than on land.
When i broke my leg and once i was off crutches i was told i could only swim as exercise for a month. It is just low impact and puts little strain on sensitive joints or limbs.
Swimming itself is a whole different thing, but you're right about it being low impact. I'm talking about people essentially doing calisthenics in waist deep water.
Oh, yes, it's very different. I hate swimming, honestly, but I missed exercise, so was happy to just tread water for a few minutes a day. I am usually really active, and being able to move my body in a pool, even just if treading water, was amazing. But you are correct that water therapy and swimming are very different things. I was just thankful there was something I could do on my own that kept me active while healing.
I saw that in the movie The Holiday.
GSD often get joint problems and hip issues late in life. Might not be an injury, just old age.
I did water walking in a human-sized version of this! I was a small pool where the water went right up to my rib cage, and there was an underwater treadmill built into the floor.
I was not supposed to be weight-bearing outside of my walking boot (also called an air cast), so this allowed me to move, regain toe flexibility, and build strength without putting weight and stress on my poor little tendons.
beyond the physical benefits I got and another commenter described, I personally think there are great psychological benefits. Being limited or immobilized for a long period of time, or in pain from weight in your joints, it feels SO good to be able to move around again in a way that feels unburdened (albeit with high resistance due to the water vs in air). It gives a much needed reset and rejuvenation from that burden. This dog seems to be really enjoying moving around and playing. I’m sure he misses being able to run around like normal, and this is much less painful for him so he can actually enjoy it :)
physical therapy i no joke. I took my wife to appointments twice a week for a year when she had a slipped disc. They did so much and she made so much progress that it reminded me how fortunate we are to live in a time when we can actually heal ailments.
Blessed are the people who benefit from knowledge. Blessed are the doggos who can go on to keep chasing those heckin squirrels.
he really is a good boy deserving this treatment!
There are several benefits to the water treadmill. I don't remember the specific numbers, but the water resistance makes it like 4x more difficult to walk without bringing the paw out of the water. If they do lift thier paw out, it takes about 10x more effort. Like the other poster said, this makes it good for low impact exercise, especially if a patient has had surgery that may limit how active they can be (Ie. Most orthopedic surgeries). The water can also help support patients who might otherwise be unstable, and the resistance can help patients with conscious proprioception deficits feel where they are putting thier feet (imagine a dachshund who has had disc disease).
It’s controlled low impact exercise. The water buoyancy means that the dog has to do less to support their own weight. So in the case of joint injuries, the most common reason here. The dog is able to move with out/with less pain, compared to normal walks and such, and so can rebuild muscle strength and help it heal properly.
We can do the same thing for humans, though it’s much more commonly used for dogs. If every step that you took caused pain because of your own weight on the joint, something like this would be very helpful in allowing you to recover good gait, and to exercise properly.
Eat the therapy!
“Fuck those waves” - dog probably
He eat the water
So funny to see how much this guy seems to love splashing around!
My elderly beagle had a couple of difficult back surgeries years ago and had to rehab in one of these tanks. Someone would stand at the end and offer him treats at intervals to get him to walk on the treadmill. It was so funny to watch him because he’d poke along, very pitifully, at the back of the tank only to hit the gas up to the front to grab a treat and then be slowly pulled back by the treadmill, walking as slowly as possible until the next treat appeared. Poor guy hated the tank but looooved the snacks.
My dog hated the tank- she struggled pretty hard and would just look up at me with panic, like, "why aren't you getting me out of here??"
Poor German shepherds always have the worst hips ☹️
Selective breeding for cosmetic traits vs positive health traits :(
Yup. I think it’s the American ones that have these problems, the German ones do not. Something about the slope of their back that causes hip issues.
It’s less about them being American vs German (though most of the bad ones come from America) and more about the way they have been bred. There are working class German shepherds which are absolute units, and then there are the more common German shepherds with hip issues (shown in OP). A working class German Shepherd is going to cost you upwards of $3k (likely a lot more) from a decent breeder.
Ikr especially the ones that serve in the military or the law enforcement
Yeah that’s 100% wrong. Most military and LEO dogs are purchased for thousands from the best breeders available around the world. The physical issues they end up having are due to the rough nature of the work they’re doing not because of breeding problems.
That’s what I meant like the work they do can be rough
He gotta stay hydrated
Can I get one of these and crank it to 11 just to wear out my healthy dog?
My little shih tzu had to do this after his back two legs were paralyzed in an accident. He would wear a life jacket and after a few trips he learned how it worked. We used to catch him lifting his legs and floating to the back of the tank lol.
"I don't know what is happening but I love it."
I need a pixie and Brutus comic of this
What a good fluff swishy swish.
Aww! My cat who is a sphynx and is used to being in water used one of these at our vet for her knee! It is so adorable watching them walk all slowly
My dog just started doing this. Now I’m wondering why she hasn’t tried to bite the water yet. She is always attacking water outside of hydrotherapy
Can't say for sure but that therapy must cost a fortune.
$130 per visit, 2x a week
Man I think doge is wayyy better than doggo
“Sir, please stop drinking the water.”
This is better medical treatment than most Americans get.
I mean no. While I have a strong distaste towards our current, profit over people based, medical system this just isn’t true. It’s seems like you’re just trying to grab the low hanging fruit for karma honestly
Anyways Hydrotherapy is commonly used in a variety of physical therapy settings across the country. Heck it’s even used by those without any acute injuries. Hence why you see posters for seniors pool exercise classes at community centers et cetera
GO, DOGGO , GO
Old Pupper is a good Pupper. Get it boi!
This dog has a physical therapist while I’m trying to figure out how to afford a dentist. ‘Merica!
God speed pup!
Where is this?
My dog would need psyhiatric therapy after that..
What a good boy
I love this! My dog begs me to splash him when I swim so he can bite the water. I love GSDs
Looks like something the villain would put James Bond in :P
They're making a live action plague dogs?
He's just having the best time! I love it.
Honey, didn't we used to have fish in the tank?
This is cool but I have so many questions.
Holy smokes great idea. i can get a big fish tank and put my small but fat doggo in!
I, like most of Reddit, love dogs. Especially a German Shepherd. I think it's hilarious when some Edgelord attempts to mock our appreciation of "doggos" and "furbabies" and then is summarily downvoted into oblivion.
Anyway, I hope this canine makes a swift and full recovery.
Edit: there is at least one edgelord in this thread.
That's just play time im pretty sure.
(Salutes) he/she was a true warrior
Why is he drinking the water
Such therapy vry doggo
I do physical therapy on hoomans, I've gotta find a way to branch over to doggos too
Its a seadoggo!
What if the dog gets tired and decides to sit down, wouldn't it get submerged completely?
What's this for?
Is this a new Damien Hirst?
I love how he occassionally attacks the water
Woman touches the butt: "Yop, still fat."
German shepherds are the best dogs out there but man do they have a lot of genetic problems. Perianal fistula are the worst and the meds are so expensive.
Imagine having the money to get your bestfriend the care they need.
Aww, I'd say that's more than just physical! 😍
This is amazing ❤️
Led me go humen. Um tirredd.
Your pup looks a lot happier than mine in doing therapy. Mine will only walk with a bumper in the back and chicken in the front.
Suddenly the dog is excited to go to the vet.
"God damn water... making it hard for me to walky step. I Bite You!!!!"
🎶Yeh, they can tell by the way that I use my walk Im a woman's man, no time to talk🎶
Eat water doggo
I can’t help but wonder if this could have helped my dog. :( We put her down yesterday.
Omg has all ‘but I gotta eat the splashies!!’
This is great. Thank you
That’s a weird looking fish you have!
You could LITERALLY play that one Stayin' alive song here
He monch th woter
He can do it!
I've seen weirder art installations.
Oooh, and you all think I'm joking. Lol.
I'm all for it but how much does this sort of thing costs? I hate to think that my pet can't get good medical care just because how easy it is to rake millions in medical debt.
The goodest boy
I can't help but wonder if his malformed spine has anything to do with his need for physical therapy.
Why is he being corrected at the hip joint? I don’t see the pup doing anything wrong so why is a trainer or owner giving him a correction.
What purpose does this serve? I mean I can understand that the dog's walking against resistance, but what sort of ailment or condition got him there?
Probably some broken bones was the cause. This let's him walk on it without putting all his weight on the injury.
I could be wrong, but it looks like physiotherapy. A friend of my had to do something similar after recovering from a sports injury. Maybe broken leg, torn ligament, arthritis?