Category Archives: Water Therapy Benefits for Dogs

K9 Hydrotherapy Explained

Canine Hydrotherapy Hydrotherapy began as a treatment for humans in ancient times and expanded to include animals when racehorses began benefiting from seawater. Greyhounds dove in on the action to improve their strength and speed, as well as heal injuries from the rigors of racing. Hydrotherapy eventually became recognized and used as a therapeutic option…

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Why You Need to Withhold Feeding Your Dog Prior to Exercise!

Have you heard of bloat? If you’ve got a dog at home, this disease is something you should learn about. In humans, bloat, also known as gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV) complex, is pretty harmless. For dogs though, this disease can be extremely dangerous and life threatening. It is important to take the time to educate yourself…

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Beat the Heat: Spring & Summer Weather

Even though summertime involves getting outside more and enjoying the weather, there are serious things to consider if and when you take your dog outdoors. The high temperatures, especially here in Central Florida, can be dangerous and sometimes deadly, and heat stroke, unfortunately, is a common occurrence during the warm months. It is vital to…

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How to Diagnose & Treat Joint Pain in Dogs

Just the thought our dogs suffering silently from hidden pain breaks the heart of any dog parent. Sadly, research shows that 4 out of 5 dogs over the age of 8 are suffering from some kind of joint pain. And while we humans have the ability to reach for pain meds and talk to our doctor about symptoms,…

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Hydrotherapy for Osteoarthritis (DJD) in Dogs

Osteoarthritis is a common problem in dogs, particularly in seniors and large breeds. Although there is no cure for this progressive condition, identifying the problem early and initiating appropriate management can help keep your dog active and improve quality of life. What is Osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis, also referred to as Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD), is a…

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SI Joint Dysfunction in Dogs

What is Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction? Sacroiliac Dysfunction is a term that we use to describe pain in or around the region of a sacroiliac joint (SIJ). Sometimes SI joint dysfunction can be the primary problem for a dog, and sometimes other injuries (cruciate ligament sprain or tear, back strain, Achilles tendon injury, etc.) can result in…

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Hydrotherapy for Spondylosis in Dogs

What is Spondylosis?  It’s a condition that occurs due do progressive disc degeneration. Bone spurs form on the edges of the spinal bones in response to the disc degeneration. This can result in restricted movement or pressure being placed on nerve roots. Most dogs have no symptoms unless restriction occurs, often resulting in pain. Spondylosis…

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Health Risks of “Quarantine15” in Dogs

Have you heard about people experiencing the effect of staying home more and gaining weight called the Quarantine 15? Well, it is happening to our pets too and can lead to serious health consequences. While it may be too soon to know the full impact of social distancing or home quarantine on our waistlines, we…

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Does Your Dog Need Swim Lessons?

"The most common setting where dogs drown is in swimming pools." What a wonderful article posted by the NY TIMES. We are grateful pet owners everywhere are realizing the importance of swimming lessons. It is assumed by many that all dogs instinctively already know how to swim, but unfortunately this is not true. Many dogs…

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Canine Hydrotherapy Options

Underwater treadmills and canine therapy pools are highly effective for conditioning and rehabilitating canine athletes and companions – but only under the guidance of a certified physical therapist! “Almost immediately after my youngest dog, Sirius, had surgery on both of her knees last year, I brought her to see a physical therapist. This certified animal…

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