Hydrotherapy for Dogs
Hydrotherapy uses water to help rehabilitate injuries your dog might have and to also relieve pain. It's especially beneficial for dogs who have conditions such as a torn ACL, hip dysplasia, degenerative joint disease, arthritis, or dogs who have been paralyzed or lost a limb.
Hydrotherapy uses buoyancy, resistance, viscosity, and hydrostatic pressure to help a dog move the injured joints they are trying to rehabilitate. This type of therapy works because, essentially, you provide weightless physical therapy and remove the added pressure of gravity.
Your dog's buoyancy in water reduces the stress on their joints as they try to recover from their condition. This type of therapy is also a natural anti-inflammatory due to its ability to reduce swelling in body tissues.
This type of hydrotherapy is the most common form for dogs and is best suited for those with joint issues and arthritis. It relies on a treadmill encased in a glass or plastic chamber. Once the dog enters the chamber, the door is shut, and water fills the chamber to the level just above the dog's legs.
As the treadmill starts to move slowly, your dog will begin to move. The water provides resistance enough to strengthen their joint muscles but takes away the stress of gravity, which makes this a low-impact exercise.
Besides the benefits of relieving pain and rehabilitating joints, there are other added benefits of hydrotherapy for dogs, like the following:
- Relief of pain, swelling, and stiffness
- Muscle strengthening
- Alleviation of muscle spasms
- Increased range of motion
- Promote blood circulation
- Tissue healing
- Cardiovascular fitness
- Gait modification
- Faster recovery from injuries
What Else Do I Need To Know About Hydrotherapy For Dogs?
Hydrotherapy for your pup is safe, beneficial, and reliable. But it's important to note that this type of therapy must be handled by professionals and dog therapists who have adequate experience and training in handling dog injuries and pain relief treatments.
Also, specialized equipment is used for hydrotherapy which targets specific areas of your dog's medical issues.
The cost of hydrotherapy also varies depending on what type of injury or pain your dog has sustained, how long they need therapy for, the type of therapy needed, and if there is availability in your area.
Always consult with your dog's vet to figure out the best course of action when considering this type of treatment.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at (406) 255-0500.