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Hydrotherapy

What is hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy is the use of water in the treatment of certain conditions. Cats and dogs are placed in a pool or on an underwater treadmill. The buoyancy and the controlled temperature of the water help your pet increase the range of motion of painful joints, improve muscle mass and have decreased musculoskeletal pain.

What conditions benefit from hydrotherapy?

Your pet could benefit from hydrotherapy if they suffer from arthritis, joint pain, decreased 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 pet use the pool for exercise?

Swimming is an excellent form of exercise for conditioning and cardiovascular health in a healthy pet.

Can my healthy pet use the underwater treadmill?

Healthy pets benefit from exercise in the underwater treadmill as it can help them to improve muscle strength and improve their cardiovascular fitness as well.

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Last updated: May 5, 2021

Dear Clients,

With the recent changes for businesses related to Covid, we want to reassure you that we are continuing to provide our full range of services with the safety measures listed below. We will update this page regularly as the safety measures change.

We are continuing to see all cases by appointment only. This includes Canine Rehabilitation appointments, Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine appointments for acupuncture, herbal medicine, food therapy and Tui -na, Animal Chiropractic, Nutrition referrals, and specific blood testing referrals.

If you have questions, please contact us by phone at 902-461-0951 or email us at careteam@fullcirclevet.ca.

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Thank you for your patience and understanding.  We look forward to seeing you with your furry family members when Covid subsides!

- Your dedicated team at Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives Inc.