Canine Hydrotherapy, sometimes referred to as swim therapy, utilizes the water to help animals recovering from surgical procedures, obese animals, conditioning animal athletes as well as teaching novice dogs how to swim. When used in conjunction with veterinary treatment, hydrotherapy has been shown to significantly improve the quality and rate of healing after orthopedic surgery and trauma related injuries. Hydrotherapy utilizes the hydro-static pressure of the water to reduce swelling, the warm temperature and the buoyancy to help to ensure that the dog is exercising without stress and unnecessary impact on injured joints and muscles. A certified canine hydro-therapist will ensure a safe controlled and efficient exercise session allowing injuries to strengthen and heal as well as helping the surrounding tissues to remain strong and healthy.
Many conditions can benefit from canine hydrotherapy including:
- Dogs dealing with hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, arthritis pain management, cruciate injuries, spinal injuries, neurological disorders, tendon and ligament injuries and many more.
- Overweight dogs – swim therapy is a great addition to food management to help reduce obesity and therefore improving health and wellness and reducing potential future weight related stresses or injuries.
- Competition dogs such as those activie in agility, herding, flyball and dock diving sport dogs benefit from hydrotherapy sessions by utilizing the resistance of the water together with a strategic combination of swim styles and durations to condition muscles and improves cardiovascular strength.
- Senior dogs enjoy the float sessions and the fun of being able to do more with less pain in the warm water environment. This can have long term benefits from conditioning underused muscles and improving joint mobility.
- Studies have proven that puppies (especially those who will grow into dogs that weigh more than 50 pounds or are breeds that tend to suffer from orthopedic conditions such as hip dysplasia or elbow dysplasia) that swim consistently from an early age to strengthen and stabilize their joints and increase the muscle mass benefit enormously.
Ask your veterinarian if hydrotherapy is a good fit for your dog and then contact us at K9 Rehab for an appointment with a certified hydro-therapist to help your dog enjoy the pool and feel better.
Ms. A. McDonald Dip CH, SARMT
- Diploma in Canine Hydrotherapy from Greyfriars UK www.greyfriarsrehab.co.uk
- First Aid for Small Animals from Greyfriars UK.
- Certificate in Small Animal Foundation Massage Therapy (level 1) from North West School of Animal Massage www.nwsam.com
- Certificate in Small Animal Rehabilitation Massage Therapy (level 3) from North West School of Animal Massage www.nwsam.com
- Walked Paws Dog Walking 101 – Business and Equipment Module And Sabrina’s link is www.shakeapaw.dog