Just like people, animals (especially pet dogs and cats) can have weight management problems and hydrotherapy for animals is a good way to increase exercise for portly pets.
Swimming is proven to help some dogs lose excess weight and strengthen muscles. It’s a non-weight bearing exercise, which is especially good for dogs with joint problems or injuries, and because there is increased resistance from the water, it can burn more calories in a shorter amount of time than a walk in the park.
It is thought that as many as a quarter of all dogs in the UK are overweight and their owners do not realise this fact until they take their pet to the vet for an unrelated problem. Most people with overweight or obese dogs probably don’t realise that there are a range of health problems commonly associated with weight issues.
Obesity-related health problems
- Respiratory conditions
- Cardiovascular disease
- Joint and ligament damage
- Heart complaints.
The obesity problem
- 2.4 Million Dogs in the UK don’t get daily off the lead exercise – most of those are less than an hour per day
- 800,000 Dogs in the UK don’t get exercised at all
- Over 5.5 Million Dogs in the UK get fed scraps and treats as part of their daily diet
Lifestyle and exercise are very important and in recent years hydrotherapy for animals has become an alternative method for helping pets with weight issues.
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