Hydrotherapy for dogs monitoring

We all know that any exercise program needs a warm up session and a cool down session. In the case of dog hydrotherapy it is the same. This can be as simple as the exercise starting out slowly and increasing in intensity  and then slowing again before it ends. For particular conditions, it can be massage, stretching or land-based exercises, during rest breaks or between bouts of exercise.

With the underwater treadmill, the intensity of the exercise is controlled through the depth of the water and the speed at which the dog is walking. With swimming in dog hydrotherapy pools, the intensity is controlled by the number of laps swum before a rest time, the rest time and the use of a bouyancy vest.

The duration of the treatment time is affected by the following:

  • the dog’s prior experience with water
  • anxiety
  • age
  • weight
  • pre-existing conditions
  • recent surgery
  • previous fitness level

Monitoring the heart rate has been determined between pre- and post exercise to be 20-50 bpm. Normal respiratory rates are between 16 to 20 breathes per minute, with larger and more physically fit dogs being as low as 10 breaths per min. Overweight and unfit dogs may be at 30 breaths per min.Download the Ultimate Rehabilitation & Physiotherapy Guide for Dogs

I explain lots about hydrotherapy programs in my e-book, “The Ultimate Rehabilitation & Physiotherapy Guide for Dogs.” I go into great detail about what I did to rehabilitate my dogs with multiple cruciate injuries and surgeries. I also provide dog owners with some easy to use methods and treatments for their dog’s arthritis, and many other health issues. After dealing with my own dog’s health issues, providing hydrotherapy at the canine pool, and holistic treatments, I am much more informed today than I was 22 years ago. There is so much more to talk about…

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4 Responses to Hydrotherapy for dogs monitoring

  • Kila says:

    My dog has hip dysplasia and I have heard swimming is good for that. Have you experienced a dog with this condition in a pool and improving? You have lots of great insight into hydrotherapy and I really enjoy reading all your articles.

  • helga says:

    Hi Kila, yes I have worked with and experienced dogs with HD in a pool environment and in an underwater treadmill. A dog with HD is usually assisted in the water by therapists to ensure proper movement of the hip joints. They achieve astounding results from regular treatments and the main goal is to reduce the pain, increase the supporting muscle and provide an increased sense of well being for them. Glad you enjoy my articles!

  • Alice says:

    Hi, is your book also available in physical format or just e-copy? My vet suggests my arthritis snauchzer swim and I would like to know what moves are best for him. Does the book contain demons or suggested moves for this kind of symptoms? Thank you.

  • helga says:

    Alice, if your dog has arthritis, hydrotherapy is one of the best forms of exercise for him. Go to a hydrotherapy facility where there is a trained and certified hydrotherapist as they will be able to deal effectively with your dog. Most dogs that have arthritis benefit from just swimming freely in the water, as it gets their joints moving reduces swelling and increases their endorphins, leaving them feeling wonderful and relaxed. You will be amazed at how great your dog feels after being in the water! Arthritis is a whole body condition and is an inflammatory response, so there really is no specific exercises other than gentle swimming in a warm water pool and being careful to not over do it. Good luck on your dog hydrotherapy! Follow your vets guidance and keep me posted…

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