Underwater treadmill therapy helps puppies with fractures recover to find FURever home

SAN ANTONIO – Two puppies get a second chance in life and are loved thanks to the medical staff and the San Antonio Humane Society volunteers.

Dudley and Norbit were found separately on the streets of San Antonio, but both had one thing in common: a broken femur. The fracture put her at risk of losing her leg. However, a medical team from the nonprofit decided to have surgery to save her hind leg.

Dudley is a 4 month old Siberian Husky Retriever mix that is up for adoption. His underwater treadmill therapy helped him recover from a fractured femur. (Copyright 2021 by KSAT – All rights reserved.)

Dudley, a 4-month-old Siberian Husky Retriever mix, and Norbit, a nearly two-year-old Chihuahua, both had surgery a little over a month ago. That same week, they walked 10 minutes a day, four times a week, on an underwater treadmill. According to the San Antonio Humane Society, the underwater treadmill was funded entirely by community donations.

Norbit is an almost two year old Chihuahua. He was operated on a little over a month ago and is ready for adoption. (Copyright 2021 by KSAT – All rights reserved.)

“Our volunteers and staff have helped with their underwater treadmill therapy, slow walks and exercise,” said Luci Almanza, public relations officer for the San Antonio Humane Society.


Thanks to the physiotherapy tool, Dudley and Norbit are now strong enough to continue their recovery in their eternal home.

“We are looking for an active family with a loving home who, you know, can expend the time and patience to complete the recovery journey by doing their exercises, their slow leash walks that (become) gradual than your comfort allows, ”said Almanza. “They need someone willing to take the time and commitment to help them fully recover.”

Click here to apply online to adopt Dudley, Norbit, or any other dog or puppy that is available for adoption through the San Antonio Humane Society.

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