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Animal Aquatics

A discussion group for exploring the aquatic commonalities between humans and other animals, and aquatic therapy for and with animals.

Members: 8
Latest Activity: Mar 14, 2011

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Canine water therapy 3 Replies

Started by Sara Firman (Sulis). Last reply by Sara Firman (Sulis) May 11, 2010.

Watsu a horse? 1 Reply

Started by Sara Firman (Sulis). Last reply by Kathie Knowles May 11, 2010.

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Comment by Sara Firman (Sulis) on January 27, 2009 at 6:49pm
From the therapeutic benefits humans get from interactions with dolphins to the applications of aquatic therapy in the rehabilitation of horses and dogs I'm sure there are people in this network who have some interest or knowledge to share. I've noticed that my google alerts for 'water therapy' always include animal interventions so there is a lot of information out there. Start a discussion above!
Comment by Sara Firman (Sulis) on January 27, 2009 at 6:50pm
The elephant image was a screensaver I once had on my computer desktop from National Geographic!
Comment by Elana Titus on February 2, 2009 at 8:31am
Looking forward to sharing animal related aquatic information!
Comment by Carolyn Nash on February 2, 2009 at 10:22pm
I am very interested in this but just starting my learning. I have been focusing on just humans so far. I look forward to learning and hearing more.
Comment by Sara Firman (Sulis) on April 17, 2009 at 7:36am
Marcelo Roque sent me this fabulous link. I love cats of all kinds and like some dream of swimming with dolphins, this would be my dream!

Swimming with tigers ...
Comment by Sara Firman (Sulis) on April 17, 2009 at 7:37am
Link to the article that goes with the image and comment below.
Comment by Carolyn Nash on April 17, 2009 at 11:13am
Wow - that is very cool. Never thought about that......think the cat loves it too. Maybe this is the way for it to connect deeper to humans just like humans can connect with each other more in the water. Hmmmm
Comment by Marcelo Roque on March 5, 2010 at 7:44am

Comment by Sara Firman (Sulis) on March 5, 2010 at 8:25am
This beautiful image of a polar bear, presumably swimming in icy water, made me think of Bruce Becker's recent comment on the ATRI E-list about humans and skin temperature with respect to water. So, I'm sharing it here since it relates to our work as aquatic therapists:

'There really is not a single skin temperature because the skin is our largest bioregulatory system. It is usually cooler than core temperature, usually cooler in older, cooler in people with thyroid dysfunction (hypothyroid individuals,) and capable of both dispersing core heat (through flushing and sweating) or maintaining it by vasoconstricting with blanching and goosepimples. Water below skin temp will always feel cool at first, but the body can quickly acclimate if the difference is only a few degrees, and with exercise considerably cooler temperatures are well tolerated. You should read Lynne Cox’s book, “Swimming to Antarctica,” both because it is a fascinating book and also because she does a good job describing the processes of adaptation to cold (read frigid/ freezing) water temperatures. An amazing series of feats she did, multiple swims in water that would kill most people.
Comment by Marcelo Roque on July 24, 2010 at 1:31pm

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