Hydrotherapy is a great way to help pets recover from surgery, or to exercise when they have sore or arthritic joints. There are many opening up here in New Zealand. Because of the floats, or in deeper water, they will be able to exercise with no weight on their legs, and the warm water helps with their mobility and some pain relief too.
"The aqua-treadmill helps dogs suffering from arthritis, obesity or rehabilitation after surgery. The water level and temperature are adjustable to suit the dog's condition and comfort, and there are even water jets to provide extra resistance."
Animal massage and physiotherapy are ways we can help animals recover faster after major orthopaedic operations. It has always been a popular way to get horses fit as well.
Have a look for one near you!