Hydrotherapy for Dogs is a Form of Pet Physical Therapy

Underwater Treadmill for the Health of a Dog

Dogs in Water and on a Treadmill

Any form of hydrotherapy for dogs whether in a pool or underwater treadmill, is pet physical therapy. An underwater treadmill is very beneficial if used in the right fashion and with trained professional hydrotherapists. Canine hydrotherapy or as some call it aquatic therapy, is one of the most amazing methods of physical therapy for your dog.

The potential uses of hydrotherapy for dogs are huge. Many of them being:

  • Rehabilitation after orthopedic surgery
  • Osteochondrosis dissecans, fractures of sorts, cranial cruciate ligament ruptures, hip joint replacement
  • Neurological injuries
  • after intervertebral disk surgery
  • Degenerative myelopathy
  • fibrocartilaginous embolic myelopathy
  • Muscle strengthening
  • Arthritis
  • Spondylosis
  • Hip Dysplasia

    What are we waiting for?

    There are certain conditions hydrotherapy is not recommended for as a physical rehabilitation modality. These would fall into the category of:

  • Heart disease
  • Pulmonary disease
  • Open or weeping surgical wounds
  • Infections
  • Infectious skin diseases or other infections

 

With aquatic therapy, underwater treadmills are valuable, economical and therapeutically effective to reap the benefits of hydrotherapy. A treadmill needs to be adjustable and comfortable, and easy enough to transport the dog into it. It should not create anxiety in a dog that is having to utilize this form of physical therapy.

Hydrotherapy for dogs has become a dominant form of therapy for dogs and is growing in popularity every year. The incredible benefits and shortened recovery time from surgery or injury has been witnessed by many veterinarians and health professionals around the globe. That is a good thing. We know how much it helps them and it will continue to be recognized as such.

Some think hydrotherapy for dogs in a pool is just dogs in water swimming. That is not the case. This is a recognized form of physical therapy for rehabilitation pre-surgery and post surgery. There are many forms of exercises and movements that are performed in the pool by the trained hydrotherapist with the dog. These structured movements are designed to help facilitate a speedy recovery with muscle gain and joint stabilization.

Of course there are dogs who benefit from just swimming in a pool to stretch their bodies and get their joints moving. This is a form of pet physical therapy in itself. A mobile dog is a healthy dog. A couch potato becomes riddled with health issues as they age. As it is with people, move it or lose it! For the health of a dog, swimming in a pool or engaging in underwater treadmill exercises, is a gift of many years added onto their life.

To really discover the benefits of hydrotherapy and all you can do to help your dog, check out my e-book, ” The Ultimate Rehabilitation & Physiotherapy Guide for Dogs.” There are loads of tips on numerous health issues and photos on how to stretch your dog to avoid muscle tears and ligament tears.

Share your experience of dog hydrotherapy in a pool or treadmill. We always love new experiences!

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