Hydrotherapy for dogs can be used to help dogs recover from injuries or to alleviate some of the symptoms of advanced age. Hydrotherapy will help maintain and improve muscle mass, body balance, range of motion resulting in better flexibility and strength. The water supports the weight of the dog reducing the load on the joints allowing them to move more freely. Low impact exercise such as swimming is essential for an accelerated positive improvement in dogs with injuries and for the treatment of mobility related conditions.
Non-weight bearing exercise in a warm water swimming pool allows the animal to relieve pressure on sensitive joints or injured tissues, hydrostatic pressure reduces swelling by increasing circulation to the area removing old waste fluids and replacing them with healthy new healing fluids increasing the speed of recovery, salt water is safer on the dogs skin and coat making a more natural healthier environment verse a chlorine only pool. Non-weight bearing exercise that is done in a controlled safe environment can have a positive mental stimulation for those dogs unable to run freely and burn off excess energy.
Hydrotherapy is quickly becoming the preferred method of rehabilitation for post surgical mobility and for senior mobility related issues. Increasing the range of motion in the joints and increasing or maintaining the muscles from further waste is a positive out come of weekly hydrotherapy swim sessions.
Our pool is an indoor pool with a large deck for analysis, safety ramps in and out of the water, resting platforms for massage and stretching in between laps.
When swimming in warm water the joints and muscles are warmed up, when the dogs come out of the pool in our facility we make sure they continue to stay warm with heaters above, lots of towels to dry off with and a professional drying station to make sure they don’t go out into the cold weather wet destroying all the hard work we just completed.
We see many dogs for many different reasons including pre and post surgical therapy swims, conservative management of conditions including; arthritis, cruciate ligament injuries, stifle issues, degenerative myelopathy (DM), elbow and hip dysplasia, age related mobility issues, obesity control, patella luxation and spinal injuries.