Hydrotherapy and your Dog
Does your dog struggle to get in his daily dose of exercise due to illness, injury or old age? Just like their humans, dogs struggle with many health issues that make exercising a real struggle and often times, even impossible. One solution to this very problem for both you and your dogs is Hydrotherapy.
What is Hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy allows your dog to exercise without the stress and impact of the usual daily exercises such as walking or running. How? Essentially, hydrotherapy uses the water to support your dog’s weight. The properties of water, like buoyancy and viscosity help your dog to move his body in the water without the gravitational pull that causes stress on the body. This is one of the safest forms of exercises and even benefits dogs that have just undergone surgery and have limited use of their limbs.
This low impact avenue for exercise has many other uses. From weight loss to alternative treatments for other diseases, hydrotherapy provides your dog another opportunity on his path towards healing. How so?
- Serves to increases range of motion
- Reduces pain
- Promotes healing of tissue.
- Reduces the pain and swelling of arthritis, hip dysplasia and disk disease.
- Promotes proper circulation.
- Promotes post-operative healing.
- Improves a dog’s overall stamina.
If you’re considering the use of hydrotherapy in your dog’s overall health plan, we suggest that you do your research before selecting a facility. As with any other facility that you enlist the services of to treat your dog, you need to feel comfortable and one way to do that is to educate yourself by asking questions and even asking for recommendations. If you’re not sure what questions to ask here’s a start:
- Is my dog provided rest?
- How will you get him in and out of the water?
- What plans are set in place, in the event of an emergency?
- What chemicals, if any, are used to treat the water?
- How often is the water cleaned?
- Will my dog be under constant supervision?
- Are life vests provided for my dog to wear?
- Are blow dryers used to dry off the dogs? If so, what kind?
Remember, weight gain is one of the main causes of other health issues in dogs. Diabetes, respiratory disease, and even heart disease may result from excessive weight. Hydrotherapy makes it possible for all dogs to exercise and even if your dog exercises with no problems, you should really give it a try. It’s fun, safe and simple.