06/03/2013 11:10 GMT | Updated 07/03/2013 10:34 GMT

Rabbit Named Heidi Eases Arthritis With Hydrotherapy (PICTURES, VIDEO)

An arthritic rabbit named Heidi is easing her condition with regular hydrotherapy sessions, as recommended by her vet.

The four-year-old bunny dons a lifejacket and takes the plunge in a heated pool in Milford-On-Sea in Hampshire. Occasionally her long ears are held back with a hair bobble.

Heidi’s owner Amanda Williams, of Christchurch, Dorset told the BBC she had taken to the treatment “like a duck to water”.

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Heidi paddles around in her hydrotherapy pool

Hydrotherapy is often used for horses and dogs, but is proving to be effective in treating the stiffness in Heidi’s hips and knees and the spondylosis in her neck.

Speaking to The Metro, Williams added: “She is now a much happier rabbit.”


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