Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.

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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: July 23, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we can continue providing our full range of services, under certain restrictions. As our province enters the next phase of the reopening plan, we have some updates to share with you about our safety measures.

We are continuing to see all cases by appointment only including Canine Rehabilitation Services, Animal Chiropractic, TCVM Consultations, Bloodwork for Referral Services, Wellness Exams, Vaccines and more!

Beginning June 29, 2020, clients are able to come into the hospital with their pets with the following restrictions:

SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives Inc.