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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

 

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Hydrotherapy Aids

Hydrotherapy has been used for horses many years ago. Horses were conditioned and healed by walking in water. Now it has become the norm for the community to utilize this method of treatment for dogs. I am really glad for this!

Canine hydrotherapy is becoming more and more recognized as an alternative method of treatment that has great results. In a pool a dog has no pain when they are moving about. In an underwater treadmill, there is a percentage of weight on the limbs, although the percentages are controlled by the level of the water. On land, all the joints have full weight placed upon them and the dog is mobilizing with pain.

There are numerous different pieces of equipment that can be utilized when an animal is in the water. Some will reduce the effort that they have to expend and some will increase the effort. Read on for a list of them: Continue reading