Tessa, 11 years old and some pounds overweight, lumbered up the ramp toward the indoor swimming pool with determination and in clear anticipation of her weekly swim.
Her aquatic workout came about after Jennifer Herzer of Newport Beach sought some help for her black Labrador. Tessa was suffering from arthritis pain in all four leg joints, making exercise on land impossible.
After an internet search for alternative therapies for dogs with arthritis, she discovered Animal Wellness Center of OC, located in Costa Mesa.
“I just love this place, there’s nothing like it for miles,” said Herzer, who originally brought Tessa in for the introductory swim.
“I’ve added other services to the swim therapy such as, chiropractic, acupuncture and cold laser. We are still keeping our vet,” she said, “just enhancing the quality of life of our dog.”
It was actually because of their own dogs’ health issues that the owners of the facility…