The benefits of canine hydrotherapy

Canine hydrotherapy has been used for many years to aid recovery of both orthopaedic and neurological canine conditions. It is seen to have a therapeutic impact and to treat or manage specific conditions.

Swimming and use of the underwater treadmill therapy are either non-weight bearing or reduced weight bearing forms of exercise, and the help avoid traumas and strains of exercising on hard ground. Older dogs can benefit from controlled swimming as the soothing effect of the warm water improves circulation and encourages increased mobility of inflamed and arthritic joints. Hydrotherapy is also a great complementary therapy for healthy dogs to improve cardiovascular fitness, muscle tone and general wellbeing.

Following surgery or traumatic injury, our therapies can be used in conjunction with veterinary treatment and hydrotherapy can significantly improve the quality and rate of healing, enabling gradual building up of wasted muscle.

We also welcome swimming just for fun, fitness and mental wellbeing.

Benefits include:

  • Increased range of motion in joint
  • Improved circulation
  • Cardiovascular fitness
  • Increased tissue healing
  • Increased speed of recovery
  • Relief of pain, swelling & stiffness
  • Muscle strengthening and maintenance
  • Alleviating muscle spasm

Some conditions that benefit from canine hydrotherapy:

  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Chronic Degenerative Radiculomyelopathy
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Invertebral Disc Disease
  • Cranial Cruciate Ligament disorders
  • Spinal injuries and paralysis
  • Post and pre-operative muscle regeneration and maintenance
  • Obesity and weight control

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