Taking place in a specialist pool, canine hydrotherapy aids dogs’ recovery from surgery or injury, improves conditions such as arthritis, hip and elbow dysplasia, ligament damage and muscle strain.
The water itself being heated to 30°C increases blood flow and helps to soothe joints and relax muscles. Controlled swimming helps your dog to improve their cardiovascular stamina, range of movement and muscle tone to aid recovery from surgery or injury. As hydrotherapy helps improve general fitness, it can also be used for weight loss and management (in conjunction with dietary changes).
As the water creates increased resistance, the muscles have to work harder than they do on land. However it is also a non-weight bearing form of exercise which means that even dogs in pain can move freely and more comfortably while the weight of their body is supported in the water. Also the buoyancy provided by the water means hydrotherapy is a safe exercise as there are not sudden twists and turns and no falls. Generally your dog will enjoy an improved range of movement on land by the encouragement of greater flexion and extension in the water.