GENERAL VETERINARY SERVICES
ADVANCED VETERINARY SERVICES
Hydrotherapy… for Conditioning and Rehabilitation
We use Hydrotherapy (Underwater Treadmill) and our Indoor Pool for Dogs as part of a multi – modal approach to a Canine Rehabilitation or Conditioning program
Rehabilitating a dog with water has many benefits. One is decreased weight bearing through the joints, which reduces pain.
In the water, gentle range of motion of all four limbs is accomplished and strengthening is provided by the water resistance.
Neurological re-education for muscles occurs because they are used differently. There are also psychological benefits for dogs that occur because they are able to exercise without pain.
How do I know if Hydrotherapy is suitable for my dog?
We assess all dogs for suitability before recommending either pool or underwater treadmill therapy.
It’s very common for vets to simply recommend hydrotherapy after an orthopaedic procedure however just like any other treatments we prescribe we need to ensure your dog is fit and well enough to benefit positively from the therapy.
Dogs must be able to stand and gait normally in order to use the underwater treadmill otherwise we risk doing more harm than good.