What is Hydrotherapy for Dogs?
Hydrotherapy for Dogs simply put, is the usage of water for the treatment of injury or illness to dogs. Water makes the body float, so when submerged, the weight of the dog’s body is fully supported. This means the dog is not fighting any gravity. The buoyancy of water reduces the stress on the joints which creates a much safer environment for recovery and regeneration. Controlled and assisted swimming allows a dog’s muscles to be exercised and stimulated without the stress that comes with a land-based exercise. This is why underwater treadmills are not as effective as pure natural swimming. Hydrotherapy offers a dog a relaxed, enjoyable and therapeutic workout.
What Types of Dogs need Hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy is beneficial for any dog needing to achieve an overall state of well-being. Assisted swimming can create improved circulation, flexibility, muscle strength, cardiorespiratory endurance, and agility. Dogs who are recovering from an injury, suffer degenerative joint disease and who have been paralyzed are also great candidates for the water. Aqua therapy (which is the same as Hydrotherapy or Water Therapy) assists dogs suffering from fractures, hip dysplasia, the amputation of a limb, and neurological disorders. Lastly, the water is especially beneficial for dogs who suffer from arthritis due to the aging process; The warmth of the water reduces the inflammation that causes pain.
Benefits from Hydrotherapy for Dogs
Concurrently, hydrotherapy stimulates, strengthens and relaxes the body. It improves balance, coordination, and ups overall energy levels, all while reducing pain and stress.
Other benefits of hydrotherapy include:
- Increased circulation
- Retrain muscles; obtain lost muscle mass
- Ideal for skin and coat
- Increase lymph drainage, rid the body of toxins and improve the immune system.
- Encourages better digestion and better sleep
- Supports weight loss
- Improves overall fitness
Do not try Hydrotherapy without a Certified Professional
It is important to know that there is a significant difference between bringing your pup to a certified professional versus having your dog swim in your home pool and calling it therapy. Without proper supervision in the water, dogs recovering from surgery may not have the muscle strength needed to swim correctly and effectively; the appropriate water temperature is also vital for their health and recovery. Bacteria and chemicals from a pool can cause infection in a recent incision and may harm their skin health. Lastly, if your dog is not properly stabilized and guided in the water they may be putting pressure on the wrong area needed for recovery and create the risk of doing more harm than good. Bottom line, hydrotherapy works for dogs. It is not a fad and many dog owners have reasons to be grateful for it. It is a real holistic treatment that creates real lasting results.
About Dip’ n Dogs Hydrotherapy – Orlando, FL
At Dip’n Dogs Hydrotherapy, we are certified and caring professionals devoted to restoring and enhancing the health and happiness of your beloved pup. Encompassing a state-of-the-art, indoor pool, as well as a certified hydrotherapist, this can provide effective and long lasting results for your pet’s injury or illness. We are conveniently located in Orlando FL near the College Park area. Contact us today at (407) 227-0030. Our Services include the following: Indoor Hydrotherapy and In-Home Mobile Therapy. We look forward to hearing from you!