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How dogs can benefit from hydrotherapy treatment

We all know that our dogs are so much more than just a pet, they are part of the family. This means that we take their health and wellbeing seriously and as good owners, do everything we can to keep them fit, happy and healthy for as long as possible.

Canine hydrotherapy is an effective way to improve the life of your dog by providing a low impact environment for exercise and physiotherapy that works to improve their balance, range of motion, endurance, increase circulation and build muscle.

What is dog hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy uses water as an aid to physiotherapy or occupational therapy, facilitating the rehabilitation of dogs who are suffering from various issues, conditions, or injuries.

A dog hydrotherapy pool helps to support the dog whilst allowing them to move and exercise with reduced stress on the joints in a low impact environment that is safe and provides a wide range of health benefits.

Benefits of hydrotherapy for dogs

There are a number of great advantages to using hydrotherapy for your dog that is beneficial for their mental wellbeing and physical health.

  • Rebuilds muscle mass

Dogs who are sedentary or unable to move for weeks can lose a profound amount of muscle in a short space of time. Hydrotherapy can help dogs exercise and effectively rebuild muscle in a non-weight baring environment.

  • Increases balance and coordination

The natural balanced stance and motion that dogs have can be affected by illnesses, old age, injuries, or medical conditions. Hydrotherapy can help them to move more efficiently and restore their normal, comfortable, natural movement patterns.

  • Helps to relieve pain

Just like humans, dogs can suffer from painful conditions such as arthritis, hip and elbow dysplasia, and osteoarthritis which make exercise very uncomfortable. The buoyancy, heat, and gentle pressure of the water allow dogs to move easily, as well as help to reduce swollen joints and increase circulation that providing drug free relief from pain.

  • Aids weight loss

Owners of overweight dogs are often caught in a catch 22 as they need them to move more to lose weight, but doing so puts pressure on their joints. Dog hydrotherapy helps them to exercise and work their muscles in a way that is much more comfortable for them, without putting unnecessary strain on their body.

  • Improves fitness and stamina

Hydrotherapy is great for dogs of all ages, helping them to stay in shape and preserve their muscle mass whilst allowing them to gradually improve and maintain their fitness levels well into old age.

  • Recovery

Hydrotherapy is extremely effective at helping to speed up the recovery time from injuries and surgery, with the water providing the ideal environment to work joints and muscles comfortably and gradually on their journey back to health.

  • Mental wellbeing

It’s important never to underestimate the affect that your dogs’ physical condition can have on their mental wellbeing. If they are old, in pain, or have restricted movement then hydrotherapy is a great way to reduce pain, aid recovery, release endorphins and increase mental stimulation for a happier, healthier pet.

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