Saturday, April 3, 2010

Oreo got tanked

He did it! At first Oreo tried swimming, which didn't surprise me. Even when Jeff holds Oreo above water, he starts paddling his feet in anticipation. So, the vet tech had to lower the water a bit to encourage Oreo to keep his feet on the ground and walk the treadmill.

Oreo did 15 minutes altogether in the treadmill. Over the next 11 sessions, the time will increase, the water level will decrease, and the elevation will increase. This equation will hopefully increase centimeters in Oreo's muscle mass.

I wouldn't say Oreo enjoyed the experience, but he took treats the entire time, and tolerated a towel off from the vet tech.

His favorite part was when we entered the room for the first time and Oreo noticed himself in the wall length mirror. Oreo could not get enough of himself. His nose was practically attached to the mirror, he was so impressed with his stunning looks.

Here's a quick video of Oreo in the tank. The video was shot toward the beginning of his walk, he did get a little more comfortable later, and I think next time will go a bit better. The vet tech suggested bringing his orbee to float in the water. I had visions of him bobbing for his orbee like he did last summer on vacation!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0Fyajr_OkU

12 comments:

Ricky the Sheltie said...

Looks like Oreo did really well! I am so glad - that underwater treadmill has to be very good for him and will definitely strengthen his muscles!

madcobug said...

He did great. I hope it helps him a lot. It should. I would have loved to have seen a video of him admiring himself in that mirror. Helen

Dawn said...

awwww...he did so good! bet he's sleeping now!

betty said...

What a good, good boy! It doesn't look like much fun but He did it!
Oreo enjoying his double in the mirror is priceless. Two new experiences in one day - Oreo deserves extra treats and a nap.

Ludo van Doggy said...

I has to say Oreo, that looked pretty scary! Good you got treats though and I hope it helps!
~lickies, Ludo

Sam said...

Told ya he would do it! He looks really determined in that tub, taking those big steps. I'm sure it will be great for his body.

Diana said...

He looks really good in there. Diana

LauraK said...

What a champ, go Oreo!

Kathy said...

wow, Oreo is going to be the underwater treadmill champ, he looks good and sounds like he was a real trooper. Oreo is such a good boy. Love hearing about him admiring the gorgeous doggie in the mirror, hahahaha, that is too cute.

Priscilla said...

WOW! That is SOO COOL!
what a good boy Oreo is. I've never seen a water treadmill before. It looks like fun. Hope this device cures his leg!

Jules said...

Yay, Oreo! It's funny how much mre water there is in the tank for him compared to Bug!

Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh my goodness - I'm so sorry we haven't been able to visit for AGES! So much to catch up on! Oreo looked like he was doing really well in that tank/treadmill - I've never seen one of those before so it was really interesting to watch your video. I'm sure it must be really good for him and his recovery.

Hsin-Yi