Canine Hydrotherapy

Canine Hydrotherapy

One of the best programs you can invest in for your dog is a hydrotherapy program. It will literally wipe years off of their life and rejuvenate them to a younger dog. After having participated in a hydrotherapy regime with my dog for many years, I can truly attest as to  how much it has helped her. This has helped in recovering from surgery, to her overall  state of wellness.

Hydrostatic pressure in the water reduces pain during their exercise. It aids in reducing swelling  and decreases the nociceptor hypersensitivity, which reduces the dog’s pain perception. Dogs which are immobile on land can “walk” or swim freely in the water due to the buoyancy and viscosity that supports them.

Canine hydrotherapy is extremely effective in improving muscle strength, endurance, cardio respiratory endurance, range of motion and agility. Hydrotherapy for dogs has a direct effect on the heart rate and oxygen uptake. This also aids in weight reduction and toning of the dog.

Whether it is a dog pool or a dog underwater treadmill, the treatment minimizes the joint effusion and leads to much greater functional improvement. Canine rehabilitation through aquatic exercises may be used as a transition to land based exercises in post surgery or post injury rehabilitation as well as pre-surgery conditioning.

Hydrotherapy for dogs has helped with the following conditions: 

With all of the benefits listed, there are even more such as helping a dog’s balance, co-ordination, confidence and energy level. Post surgery recovery time is dramatically reduced and it restores the physical condition of a dog with minimal discomfort. I explain all of the benefits and the treatment protocol I used for dealing with my own dogs’ injuries and surgeries in Chapter four of my e-book.

 Hydrotherapy reduces levels of stress and assists with stimulating metabolic functions. The immune system is enhanced and the lymphatic system is drained more effectively. This rids the dog of the toxins and regulates the electrolytes in their system. Their digestion is improved as is their skin and coat.

This form of treatment is recognized by more and more veterinarians around the world. It is truly a choice treatment for our canine companions who we want to keep as healthy as possible and with us for as long as possible. That is worth pondering about…

 

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2 Responses to Canine Hydrotherapy

  • Bari Halperin says:

    Helga,

    I have been using hydrotherapy successfully for treatment in my dogs. Can you direct me to any veterianary studies on this subject, please? My dog was attacked by a donkey & the owner of the donkey is refusing to reimburse for the hydrotherapy expenses claiming that it is not proven in veterinary medicine. Any assistance in this matter would be greatly apprciated.

    Many thanks!

  • helga says:

    Hi Bari,
    How unfortunate to have been beat up by a donkey! To say hydrotherapy is not scientifically proven to help is really unbelievable! When human patients from a hospital go to hydrotherapy it is because it works in the rehabiliation and recovery process. If it is a modality that is used on people, how would animals differ in the positive results? I suggest you look into Dr. Darryl L. Millis, Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery; Dept. of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at University of Tennessee; Dr. David Levine, UC Foundation Professor of Physical Therapy, University of Tennessee, and many other postions; Dr. Barbara Bockstahler, DVM Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Medicine at Veterinary University of Vienna, Austria. There are so many veterinarians today recognizing the benefits of hydrotherapy for dogs that many of them are incorporating underwater treadmills into their private practices. This form of treatment is used vastly in the UK and in Europe. Whatever the case is, please continue with hydrotherapy for your dog only if he/she is able to go, because I do not know what the injuries were. Some injuries are too risky for causing further damage (certain spinal/cervical). I wish you the best for your dog’s speedy recovery!

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