What is Hydrotherapy?

Canine Hydrotherapy is a controlled aquatic exercise in heated water. The heated water and the pressure of the water coupled with buoyancy provide a therapeutic effect for the dog. Swimming as a type of non-weight bearing exercise can help reduce stress on a dog’s joints encouraging a full range of joint motion. In addition to rehabilitation hydrotherapy can also be used for fun and fitness swimming too.

Dogs on restricted exercise post surgery or following injury will benefit from hydrotherapy by being able to move freely in the water and have some fun. This also helps a dog’s positive mental attitude which in turn could help recovery. This also aids owners who can find it difficult to exercise their dog normally after surgery.

dog in pool

Our hydrotherapy programmes are designed around each individual dog. Before starting treatment, we will liaise with your veterinary surgery to make sure we have an up to date history to provide the best treatment for your pet.

Hydrotherapy can be used to treat conditions such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Hip & elbow dysplasia
  • Spinal injuries
  • Weight loss/conditioning
  • Stroke patients
  • Obesity
  • OCD – osteochondritis dissecans
  • Fitness or fun swims
  • Sprains and breaks
  • Cruciate ligament problems
  • CDRM / DM
  • Luxating/sub-luxating patellas
  • Paralysis
  • Pre and post-operative muscle regeneration & maintenance