Canine Hydrotherapy is a fantastic way to get your dog back in shape. From 100% non-weight-bearing in our Hydro Dog Swimming Pool to 70% non-weight bearing in the Aquatic Treadmill.
Whatever Hydrotherapy treatment your dog requires, Fit4dogsuk has the tools, skills, and expertise to nurse your dog back to health.
What Conditions Will Hydrotherapy Treat
Your dog may be suffering from one of a number of conditions if you see a decrease in their activity levels, reluctance, or finding it difficult to stand, run, jump or even climb the stairs.
You may see them bunny hop when running or see them limping. You may notice some lameness or stiffness after a walk, or less enthusiastic to play, swollen joints or paws pointing outwards..
If your dog seems to be limping or walking in an unusual way, it may be a cause for concern.
After consulting with your Veterinary practice, Dog Hydrotherapy can help treat many of these conditions like:
Hip Dysplasia Elbow Dysplasia
Luxating Patella Cruciate injuries
Intervertrable disc disease
Spondylosis Anterior cruciate ligament
Cranial cruciate ligament Degenerative myelothopy
What Treatments/Experience Do We Provide
Depending on your dog’s condition, their treatment will be carried out by one of our registered and experienced Hydrotherapist, in either our heated 6m x 3m Hydrotherapy pool or our state-of-the-art aquatic treadmill, which will be determined during your dog's initial consultation session.
During the sessions, your hydrotherapist is in constant contact with your dog, monitoring and assessing their movements at all times and it is important to us that both you and your dog enjoy the hydrotherapy experience, in a relaxed, comfortable, and friendly environment whilst easing your dog into an enjoyable routine that gains confidence and reduces anxiety.
We encourage you as owners to take part In the sessions.
How Will Your Dog Benefit?
The Buoyancy of the water along with the 30 deg c water temperature, helps to decrease pain and reduces, by up to 70%, the weight placed on the dog's joints and muscles whilst exercising in an Aquatic Treadmill and 100% in the canine hydrotherapy swimming pool, with an increased range of joint motion. The Hydrostatic pressure created by the water reduces oedema, general soreness, and swelling of post-operative areas. It also creates phasic stimuli to the sensory skin receptors, causing a decrease in hypersensitivity. This reduced pain perception then allows the dog to move with greater confidence.
The reduction of weight-bearing stress on joints and ligaments during Hydrotherapy successfully helps in the re-education of gait and posture. Balance and proprioception problems caused by neurological injury can also be improved with a tailored aquatic therapy programme.
Wellness & Wellbeing
Often the trauma of surgery or serious injury can leave a dog depressed and feeling miserable. A positive mental outlook is an important part of a speedy recovery. Hydrotherapy is usually a very calming experience for dogs and it helps to reduce stress levels whilst stimulating metabolic functions. Happy dogs are usually healthier dogs! Supportive movement for elderly patients within the Hydro Pool or AquaticTtreadmill can increase confidence and also improve mental wellbeing.