Hydrotherapy for ACL

Hydrotherapy for ACL

Here is a hydrotherapy session for a dog with bilaterally ruptured ACL’s. The patient is doing exceptionally well and goes swimming regularly for 2 sessions every week. The second surgery is still to take place, and the dog is out performing what anyone thought she would be capable of doing! The controlled swimming sessions and working of her hind limbs in various forms of movements, has undoubtedly increased her functional range of movement. The patient’s pyschological state of mind is happier than you can imagine and her physical state is also functioning at its optimum given her current circumstances.

There is something to be said about a dog who is happy given a very trying circumstance. All that we can do to support them in these situations is going to come back 100 times better! Download the Ultimate Rehabilitation & Physiotherapy Guide for DogsTry hydrotherapy for your best friend if they are sore, injured, or in need of some energy release or confidence building. This is one of the most highly recommended rehabilitation techniques for all canines.

In Chapter one in my E-book, “The Ultimate Rehabilitation & Physiotherapy Guide for Dogs,” I explain all about hydrotherapy for dogs. I talk about how I utilized this method of treatment when my own dogs ruptured their cruciate ligaments. I explain how successful their treatment was and the protocol I followed. I have no regrets and only praise for this.

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2 Responses to Hydrotherapy for ACL

  • dee says:

    I have a question, I have a 70 lb fit dog that just had surgery on one back leg for a slipping patella. I know hydrotherapy would be great for his recovery, however I do not have a pool, nor anywhere near me I could take him. Closest place would be a 260 mile round trip, and that would only be once every two Weeks, maybe only every 4 Weeks as that is how often we leave the country and go to the city for supplies. My question is, does the water have to be the temp you mentioned, or could I use a big water tank? I thought maybe we could build something to suspend him with a lifejacket and let him swim that way, or I could get in with him. Please, any info will be appreciated for my beloved pooch.

  • helga says:

    Hi Dee,
    So sorry to hear of your dog needing surgery for his knee! Going the distance for treatment you mentioned and only so seldom is not going to do a lot of good. The water needs to be warmer and not cold like in a river, lake, or ocean. I am not sure what you mean when you describe a “big water tank”? He needs a lifejacket, and assistance in the water. He cannot be dropped into a tank, jump in or any of that kind of stuff. That could potentially hurt him more. Do you have access to a water treadmill? That would be the next safest route, but needs someone with knowledge to work with him on the treadmill or he could overdo it or get hurt. If you live somewhere warm, is there a pond you could go in with him? He will get better without the hydrotherapy, it just is different and maybe takes a bit longer. Hydrotherapy is a very pain free form of rehabilitation for all surgeries. Is there anyone you might know closer with a pool? If there was, it would be great if they let you use it. Please let me know how it goes and I wish you the best of luck!

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