The Role Hydrotherapy Is Playing in the Rehabilitation of Injured Dogs

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There are many who work with dogs that are injured who have the belief that dogs and hydrotherapy are a healing combination and is an amazing treatment that can help with so many injuries or problems such as:

  • Fitness
  • Weight loss
  • Ongoing rehabilitation programs

In the Greek language hydrotherapy simply means “water healing” and dog hydrotherapy Peterborough can be found. 

How it helps

How this done – simple – water in a pool area is keeps the body buoyant, so when underwater, the body weight is supported and the animal do not have to fight gravity? This buoyancy reduces pressure or stress on joints, creating a safe environment for a dog recovering after surgery or helps with an injury that does not need surgery. It is an exercise in water very much controlled and limits any risk for any injury to get worse but get better with less pain. This builds general fitness as well as muscle tone while helping with recovery. Hydrotherapy will also supply not only physical but also a mental stimulus for a patient while healing. Hydrotherapy is great for fitness and is used a lot for agility competitors, such as gundogs, racing greyhounds and dogs involved in other competition or occupations that can put stress on some joints.

No new concept

Hydrotherapy is not anything new as the benefits of water therapy for patients, of all types, has been used for a year. It is only recently that it is gaining more and more attention with dogs in physical therapy. This has been used in sports programs for athletes for many years and now animals suffering from a wide range of conditions are finding help. 

Takes the pressure off joints

Hydrotherapy can be used with an “underwater treadmill” in a pool using the natural properties of water, or the principles of density, hydrostatic pressure, buoyancy, surface tension, resistance to attains its therapeutic benefits in a situation that is safe. Water exercising helps in the reduction of fatigue as well as taking the pressure off joints, soothing aches and helps with balance. It also can help mobility and flexibility, allowing patients to recover from surgery or any injury very quickly. 

Benefits can include

  • Reduces swelling
  • Stiffness and pain reduction
  • Relaxation
  • Increases mobilisation of joints
  • Strengthening of muscle
  • Increases range of motion of joints affected

Hydrotherapy can benefit

  • Fractures
  • Hip dysplasia/elbow dysplasia
  • Spinal injuries
  • Hip replacement
  • Nerve damage
  • Muscle/tendon and ligament injuries
  • Obesity



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