Canine Hydrotherapy in Central Florida
Low impact exercise, like water swimming, is significantly proven to help your pet. From building muscle tone, loosening joints, relaxing muscles, increasing flexibility, and reducing stress, pain, and anxiety, swimming is the most recommended and valued exercise to extend the life of your pet. Dip’n Dogs offers Hydrotherapy for dogs in Orlando, FL who need water therapy related to an orthopedic condition, Fitness swimming for canine athletes who need an intense but completely safe exercise, and Swimming lessons for dogs of any age who may have a fear of water or a traumatic event associated with swimming.
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During your dog’s assisted swim, Rachel is always in the pool with them, guiding and monitoring their health. Paw parents are very much encouraged to be in there to observe and be a part of the session. Each session is specifically catered to each individual dog to help provide them with maximum benefits and consists of 30 minutes. Dip’n Dogs has an outdoor pool which is used from March-October. Our indoor pool is used from November-March.
Our In-Home Canine Hydrotherapy
We offer a unique in-home, mobile water therapy service for your dog. Instead of driving across town, allow us to come to the convenience of your own home pool. Travel fees apply to cities outside of our service areas.
Benefits of In-Home Canine Hydrotherapy:
- Increased confidence
- No traveling or waiting
- Save on your gas and travel costs
- Eliminates stress of dogs who get car sick
- Convenient for work schedules/appointments
- Comfortable environment
- Motivation for your dog
- Lowers anxiety
- Increased functionality at home
- Personal/intimate care
First-time client evaluations are also required for in-home hydrotherapy services.
Complete System Benefits of Hydrotherapy
Muscular.When moving around in water, a dog’s body starts to relax therefore easing pain, stiffness, inflammation and spasms.
Circulatory. The warmth of the water associated with hydrotherapy raises a dog’s body temperature allowing blood vessels to dilate. When these vessels enlarge, a dog’s circulation increases, creating detoxification and oxygen to move along their cells carrying away waste and toxins. The weightlessness of the water also counters the effects of gravity which increases blood volume to the extremities.
Lymphatic. Soft tissue is compressed which increases lymph movement, drainage and decreases inflammation to improve the immune system.
Respiratory. Water expands the depth of respiration by putting pressure on the lungs, providing necessary oxygen to the body and getting rid of carbon dioxide.
Nervous. Water decreases stress and soothes the nervous system by stimulating sensation channels.
Integumentary. This system is composed of an animals skin and coat which is the largest part of the body. Water enlarges circulation which assists a dog’s skin and coat condition by also stimulating touch receptors.
Digestive/Urinary/Reproductive. Water increases blood flow through the kidney’s getting rid of toxins and removing waste. It also regulates electrolytes in the body providing nutrients to a dog’s cells and enhancing hormones needed throughout their bodies.
Skeletal. The skeletal system supports the body and protects all internal organs. Water decreases inflammation, increases circulation and enhances a dog’s range of motion by stretching and movement.
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.