Canine hydrotherapy is the use of water to relieve discomfort and promote physical wellbeing, ideal for dogs of all ages.
Hydrotherapy is the use of water to relieve discomfort and promote physical wellbeing. Water increases resistance and helps to support the patient, making it ideal for rehabilitation, general fitness, weight loss & training. Our facilities include a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool and we can also offer your pet swimming sessions just for fun or to help improve their water confidence.
Water-based exercise can be helpful in a variety of ways. Swimming in warm water supports the body and movement, and provides many therapeutic benefits including relaxation. Speed and technique are controlled by the hydrotherapist depending on your pet’s needs.
Hydrotherapy can help your pet by enhancing range of movement and flexibility, strengthening muscles, building stamina and promoting wellbeing. Water amplifies exercise benefits due to the added resistance, making it ideal for pets on a weight-loss or fitness programme.
Hydrotherapy plays an important role in rehabilitating many conditions we frequently see in small animals including obesity, arthritis and hip dysplasia. It can also support postoperative recovery and a return to health following illness.
Hydrotherapy can help with:
- Postoperative orthopaedic rehabilitation
- Supportive movement for elderly patients
- Reduction of weight bearing stresses on painful joints
- Increasing strength and stability
- Neurological injury recovery
- Gait and posture correction
- Psychological wellbeing
- Pain management
- Limb amputees
For our rehabilitative sessions we allow for plenty of time to work at the animal’s pace and abilities with no pressures and stresses. Our expert therapists will work with you and your Vet to tailor a specific programme with scientifically proven hydrotherapy treatments.
Did you know? Most insurance companies will cover the costs of rehabilitative hydrotherapy as part of their standard package. Please check with your insurance company for more details.
We will never treat an animal that needs rehabilitation from a medical condition without Veterinary authority. Each programme is custom tailored to the needs of your animal with guidance from your Veterinary surgery.
Hydrotherapy is particularly useful in the rehabilitation of Cruciate Ligament Disease or Injury, Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Dysplasia.
Typically post surgical Orthopaedic Rehabilitation for these conditions will commence after 2 weeks for a period of approximately 10 weeks. Where treatment is as part of conservative management your Veterinary surgeon may recommend immediate commencement of Hydrotherapy.
Hydrotherapy is excellent for strengthening and slowing deterioration of animals with spinal conditions such as Intervertebral Disc Disease, Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) and Vestibular Disease.
We take particular control measures such as ensuring animals with spinal conditions swim straight to avoid twisting and turning during hydrotherapy.
Typically hydrotherapy treatments will commence within 0 to 4 weeks depending on the recommendation from your Veterinary Surgeon.
Bertie – Labrador
A beautiful toned Labrador from working stock Bertie unfortunately was diagnosed with Elbow Dysplasia at 1 years of age. Following surgery and a 10 week rehabilitative swim programme he now comes to the Canine Fitness Centre for our maintenance plan to keep his joints limber and his body healthy.
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