What is hydrotherapy for dogs?
Hydrotherapy is the use of water in the treatment of certain conditions. It involves having the patient in a pool or on an underwater treadmill. The buoyancy and the controlled temperature of the water help your pet increase range of motion in painful joints, improve muscle mass and have decreased musculoskeletal pain.
What conditions benefit from hydrotherapy?
Your pet would benefit from hydrotherapy if they suffer from arthritis, joint pain, decreased the joint range of motion, muscle weakness or if they have any neurologic dysfunction. Healthy performance animals can also benefit from hydrotherapy as it can help with muscle strengthening and conditioning. Overweight patients benefit from hydrotherapy as it offers a low impact activity and can help with weight loss.
Would older pets benefit from hydrotherapy?
Many senior pets benefit greatly from hydrotherapy. When they move on a treadmill, for instance, their joints are supported by the buoyancy, compression and warmth of the water. You will see improvements in mobility as muscle mass increases and joints move more freely. Cardiac endurance can also improve both pool and treadmill work.
Can my healthy dog use the pool for exercise?
Swimming is an excellent form of exercise for conditioning and for cardiovascular health in a healthy dog.
Can my healthy dog use the underwater treadmill?
Healthy dogs benefit from exercise in the underwater treadmill as it can help them to improve muscle strength and improve their cardiovascular fitness as well.