Generally, Hydrotherapy rehabilitation is recommended by your veterinary practice and in most cases covered by your pet insurance. Fit4dogs works in conjunction with your vet to provide your dog with a programme that will aid in there recovery after surgery or illness. They may also recommend that your dog loses weight prior to an operation and we can also work with your vet to provide a diet and exercise plan to get them in the right shape. We will always require your Vet to sign a Consent/referral form to state your dog is healthy enough for Canine Hydrotherapy.
How can hydrotherapy help?
Hydrotherapy rehabilitation is beneficial for dogs who are recovering from an operation, injury or dogs who suffer from degenerative joint disease, and those who have been paralyzed. Water therapy can also help dogs suffering from fractures, hip dysplasia, ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) repair the amputation of a limb and neurological disorders. Hydrotherapy may be especially beneficial for dogs who suffer from arthritis due to old age; the warm water helps reduce joint swelling, another benefit.
Other benefits include:
Water increases circulation, ideal for skin and coat.
Water can increase lymph drainage, rid the body of toxins, and improve the immune system.
Water can encourage better digestion and can promote balance and coordination.
Hydrotherapy can also help dogs who need to shed a few pounds. A great form of low-impact exercise, regular walks on the underwater treadmill or swimming in a dog swimming pool can help promote weight loss and general fitness in dogs.