Hydrotherapy for dogs —the wonderful healing power of water
Hydrotherapy is an excellent option when you want a gentle but effective treatment that rebuilds your dog’s strength and flexibility.
In the treatment of humans and animals, hydrotherapy uses the physical properties of water to aid in the strengthening and re-education of the limbs. The buoyancy of the water decreases the impact on weight-bearing areas of the body, which can reduce pain, allow greater range of movement and ease stiff joints all without the use of medication. The slow movement of limbs in water protects against further injury or strain. Combined, these are powerful elements of physical therapy that would not be otherwise possible for dogs that are constrained by debilitating conditions or injuries.
The process can also be used as a medium for the delivery of heat or cold to the body. The warmth of the water allows the muscles to relax which improves flexibility and circulation to the tissues and aides the healing process. Hydrostatic forces of the water can also help to reduce inflammation of injured joints, therefore providing pain relief.
The increased resistance caused by walking through the water in turn builds muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness.
What does hydrotherapy help to treat?
Hydrotherapy can help in the treatment of chronic conditions, post-operative recovery, weight loss and general fitness in dogs. Conditions that respond well to, or are managed by hydrotherapy include:
It can also aid greatly in post-operative recovery from stem cell therapy.
Veterinary hydro therapists work under veterinary referral, meaning that a vet must refer the animal for hydrotherapy. This can be achieved by completing one of our referral forms, which can be found and submitted online or sent to the veterinary practice directly. They must be completed and signed by the animal’s existing veterinary practice. Direct enquiries will also be responded to promptly.