"I was counting the days until we got the surgeon’s okay from VMSG to start therapy with Karen Atlas and her team at HydroPaws, following TPLO surgery on my faithful and beloved four legged companion, Maisie. I had heard fine things about Karen, and my experience there has even exceeded my expectations. From the very beginning I felt confident in the way Maisie was handled. There is such a high level of professionalism in Karen’s care, and each animal is individualized. She and her team are so loving that my shy little girl loves going for her visits. I feel so lucky that we have had this experience, and feel completely confident in knowing that HydroPaws and Karen were so instrumental in getting Maisie into full recovery mode. I cannot thank them enough."
"When our 8 year old Basset Hound, Buster suffered a herniated disk that left him paralyzed in both hind legs, we were afraid we would lose him for good. Even after we opted for the costly hemilaminectomy surgery, our little guy was still unable to walk on all fours. There were no guarantees he would ever walk again, but we were told that “doggy” physical therapy would give him the best chance at full recovery. Luckily, Hydro Paws, Santa Barbara’s only canine physical therapy center is located at the rear of our vet’s office. Buster has been attending therapy sessions at Hydro Paws for over three months now, and the results have been nothing short of amazing. He is walking again, and is regaining the strength and mobility in his hind legs more every day. This is completely owing to the phenomenal and loving care he has received at Hydro Paws. Buster has absolutely fallen in love with Karen and Kim and the entire support staff at the center, and howls his excitement every time we reach the parking lot of Hydro Paws. The team at Hydro Paws will make your dog’s recovery a priority and give you the compassion and support you need to rebound from traumatic changes in your pet’s life. They produce dramatic (if not miracle) results with their groundbreaking therapy and their combination of love and patience. Obviously, we wish we had met this amazing group of people under different circumstances, but feel blessed to have had them touch our lives."
"I love what Karen and her team at Hydropaws are doing--they are incredible trailblazers in the field of animal rehab. I've personally seen some amazing and miraculous recoveries and have no doubt it's a direct result of the knowledgeable, compassionate, and skilled care they provide at Hydropaws. Santa Barbara is very fortunate to have this kind of advanced facility and expert treatment to help our four-legged family members."
HydroPaws is just the addition that we need to Santa Barbara's veterinary community. What I would have given to have the resources and trained staff of HydroPaws here six years ago, when my dog Shadow had surgery on both knees and would have benefited enormously from the underwater treadmill! What a help HydroPaws has been with Henry, who has permanent damage from injuries to both rear legs sustained as a young puppy. Karen's knowledge and skill have really extended his range of motion and enabled him to strengthen his weak leg; his gait is nearly normal now and he can do pretty much anything an "able bodied" dog can do. Thanks to Karen and Jamie for helping him so much, and being so nice and fun to work with!"
"Thanks to the professional and caring team at Hydropaws, our dog Amelia is back to her strong, happy, and healthy self again after knee surgery. She just loved going to therapy and it was amazing to watch her measurable progress on her road to recovery. We’re very gratefull"
"After 2 unsuccessful knee surgeries, I was certain Emma would always limp. I could not have been more skeptical when Dr. Putnam referred me to you for water therapy. BOY WAS I WRONG!!!! I would never have believed it if I hadn't witnessed Emma's steady progression. You and Jamie were amazing with her. Not only were you patient and gentle despite her Westie "attitude" - your methods clearly addressed the source of her problems. I knew the second you started your evaluation of her that your skills were exceptional. You fully restored her knee function and in doing so -- gave her back her personality. It brought tears to my eyes to see she was no longer in pain. She is back to her long beach walks, easily hops on & off the couch, and spins joyfully around the yard playing keep-away with her toys. Everyone who sees her & watched her struggle after her surgeries is equally amazed. You are enormously gifted and kind. I absolutely know Emma would not have progressed without you. Thank you so much for restoring the use of her leg. She's back to being her confident little self. (and that's a good thing)"
“I just wanted you both to know how happy I am with Truman’s progress over the last several months. We brought Truman to you after 3 surgeries on his left hind leg. He had just turned 2 and had spent almost a year in a crate recovering. He was limping, barely putting any weight on his leg.
When we first brought Shiva to Hydropaws we had to either carry her or wheel her around in a wagon because she was unable to walk. It was not a good life for our puppy. Since she was born with severe congenital orthopedic problems (elbow dysplasia/radial head luxations, hip dysplasia, and osteoarthritis in both knees), Shiva required 6 surgeries before the age of only 8 months.
I was so worried that Oliver wouldn’t be able to walk again after his surgery but with the help of Hydropaws and the home exercises that were recommended he is doing so well! It’s only been three months and he is practically back to his pre-surgery self! Karen and Jamie were both so knowledgeable about what needed to be done for Oliver’s rehabilitation and were invested in his recovery from the start. I didn’t know much about animal rehabilitation before this experience, but I now feel so lucky that we have a service like Hydropaws in our community! It really changed my outlook on Oliver’s injury and his ability to heal. I’m so grateful to Karen and Jamie for not only the help that Oliver received but the support they offered me during his therapy. Thank you so much!