What is Canine Hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy, which comes from the Greek word meaning ‘healing water’, is the use of water to relieve discomfort and promote physical health.
Canine hydrotherapy is a recognised form of rehabilitation to aid animals in their recovery after injury and potentially speeding up the healing process.

Conditions improved with hydrotherapy

Osteoarthritis
Hip and Elbow dysplasia
Cruciate ligament injuries
Post-surgery rehabilitation
Varying spinal conditions
OCD (cartilage disease)
Patella luxation
Obesity
Growth related diseases
General fitness and stamina

Benefits of Hydrotherapy

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Increased joint range of movement
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Increased muscle strength
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Improved cardiovascular fitness
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Decreased pain and inflammation
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Relaxation of muscle tension/ spasm
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Reduced recovery time after surgery
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Feeling of well being
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Slowing of degenerative diseases
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Reduction of frustration of dogs on reduced exercise or cage rest.

Benefits in water achieved by:

Buoyancy

Non weight bearing, therefore reducing concussion pain on damaged tissues in a joint.

Viscosity

Enables weak muscles to move joints and bones more easily than on land.

Water resistance

Makes it harder to complete exercises, increasing muscle strength and
cardiovascular fitness.

Hydrostatic Pressure

This is the natural water pressure and submersion will help reduce
swollen joints.

Warmth

Improves blood circulation to muscles, increasing flexibility and reducing pain.