Hydrotherapy for dogs is a popular choice for helping our pets fully rehabilitate from surgery, injuries as well as maintaining optimal health. There are many reasons why canine hydrotherapy is becoming such a well-renowned option for dogs:
At the Animal Rehab Klinik, we use a state of the art canine underwater treadmill to do our hydrotherapy. Set at a comfortable 28 degrees, the water is perfect for any time of year. Besides walking, for small to medium dogs we can also swim dogs in the water.
Hydrotherapy can benefit most dogs suffering from joint pain, recovering from surgery, neurological conditions and general weakness.
Hydrotherapy May Be Beneficial For
The conditions we use the underwater treadmill for the most, and get great results with include:
- Spinal surgery recovery
- Cruciate ligament surgery
- Hip & elbow dysplasia
- Arthritis (although we find laser therapy can sometimes provide better results for some pets)
- Neurological conditions
- Maintaining fitness and strength
- We recommend bringing a towel, so you can keep your dog dry on the way home. Don’t stress if you forget as we have plenty of towels on site.
- If you have your own life jacket for your dog, we recommend bringing that as well.
- Take your dog to the toilet – we can’t stress this enough. Nothing worse than your dog’s hydrotherapy session being cut short because we have to dump the water and clean the tank. This can also impact patients after you.
- Give your dog a rest from their normal morning walk on this day, especially if they’re recovering from an injury. A regular walk and underwater treadmill on the same day can sometimes be too much for a recovering dog and they can pull up sore.
- Open wounds
- Bitches in heat
- If we a different treatment is better suited