Hydrotherapy is one of the best forms of exercise to aid recovery. It uses every muscle in the body without causing stress on the joints due to the buoyancy of the water.

As the exercise is non-weight bearing it encourages full extension of the limbs giving a greater range of movement and helping to ease stiff and painful joints.

The warmth of the water helps the dog to relax and increases blood circulation this will in turn increase the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the muscles and help flush out waste products.

Hydrotherapy is considered to be a natural anti-inflammatory in its ability to reduce tissue swelling.

Conditions Treated With Hydrotherapy

The following list highlights some of the conditions that can benefit from hydrotherapy treatment:

  • Pre and post-operative conditioning;
  • Hip and elbow dysplasia;
  • Arthritis
  • Spinal injuries;
  • Spondylitis;
  • Cruciate ligament injuries (example of cruciate repair surgery opposite);
  • CDRM - Chronic Degenerative Radiculomyelopathy;
  • Soft tissue injuries;
  • Age related conditions;
  • Muscle strengthening and restoration;

Hydrotherapy is ideal for dogs that are on cage rest or limited exercise. It can help alleviate some of the frustration and boredom often associated with the recovery process. It is a safe energy release that also boosts mental well-being.

A qualified hydrotherapist will accompany all rehabilitation dogs in the water.