canine rehabilitation

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

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Hydrotherapy types

Dog Pools for canine hydrotherapy come in many forms

Well, brace yourself, there are so many types of hydrotherapy for dogs available than ever imagined! Everyone has different needs and styles, and while some work for others, some just don’t work at all. The type of hydrotherapy program for your dog will be determined by:

  •  the assessment
  •  the findings
  •  the size of the animal
  •  the equipment available
  •  and what your goals are

For very small animals, there are a number of different hydrotherapy methods which can be used. Some will be more effective than others, and some may not really work at all. The following is a list of what these might entail:

  • sink
  • bathtub
  • whirlpool
  • children’s wading pool
  • beach
  • dam
  • lake
  • river
  • above-ground or in-ground human swimming pools
  • purpose-built dog pools
  • underwater treadmills

For larger animals there is a smaller selection to choose from: Continue reading

Hydrotherapy Dog Story

This is one of the most amazing stories I want to talk about! I have witnessed two dogs, one in particular, that went from barely being able to walk for any amount of time, to practically running around in circles and walking with minimal difficulty! This is so incredible given the dog’s health condition and circumstances.

I created a video of this dog in my hydrotherapy for dogs section on this website. It is listed under neurological conditions, and is the beginning of Norman’s canine rehabilitation program. I am working on releasing the new video as a follow up to the first one so people can truly see what happens when hydrotherapy for dogs is a consistent regime, and used as a form of therapy.

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