SENIOR DOG'S

Just like humans, your dog does not have to sleep away their retirement years. Exercise is both fun and stimulating for them, and has lots of benefits, too.

Just as senior adults experience a variety of changing needs with age, dogs require a modified approach to their health and behavior during their senior years to.

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This ebook provides you with the information, answers and options you need to keep your senior dog happy at home.

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Giving you the tools to help you provide your senior dog with a longer, happier and healthier life.

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Easy-to-read guide about health care for the ageing dog

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keeping senior dogs vital, happy, and active throughout their golden years. 

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Hydrotherapy Exercise

As with humans, exercising in water during a dog's senior years can be hugely beneficial to their aging joints and weakening muscles.

 But don't be fooled by thinking that letting your dog swim in the cold river or pond is classed as Hydrotherapy exercise, they are not spring Chickens anymore and their exercise needs to be carefully controlled !!

 

Hydrotherapy Swimming Pool

Due to the Buoyancy of the water, swimming in a Hydrotherapy pool is a great Non-Weight bearing exercise that takes all of the weight from those aging joints which cause many senior dogs discomfort during those long walks.

 This is especially beneficial to older dogs who suffer from a degenerative joint disease like Arthritis and not only do they get the benefits of a weightless exercise, the 28 to 30 degrees c water temperature helps blood circulation whilst the Hydrostatic pressure helps relieve the pain from swollen joints, providing a perfect drug-free solution from pain and discomfort.

 During these 30-minute exercise sessions, one of our Experienced, Qualified and registered Hydrotherapists will fit your dog with a harness just to enable them to be in control of your dog at all times and introduce them to the pool via our low incline ramp up to and into the pool. Once your dog is comfortable and has had a little massage to warm those joints up, they will then start your dog's controlled hydrotherapy exercise program. 

Initial 1st Consult £50.00 ( Includes session )

Individual Sessions £30.00

Block of 11 sessions £300.00 

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Aquatic Treadmill

Exercise in our Aquatic treadmill gives us even more options when it comes to us looking after your senior dog and helping them to keep mobile. Some of our furry friends may not be comfortable or happy in a swimming pool environment or even like the feeling of nothing being under their paws.

 The treadmill gives us a lot of control over how fast your dog walks, giving us the added bonus of us being able to check gate patterns and notice a variety of conditions that may not sometimes be noticed when they are out walking. We are able to vary the water level to suit your dog's height, which allows us to control how buoyant your dog is during the exercise and control the weight on joints and muscles. Again the 30 degrees c water temperature helps blood circulation among many other things and eases discomfort from swollen joints.

 Our Hydrotherapists are once again in the treadmill with your dog at all times giving them confidence whilst at the sale time making sure they are getting controlled exercise.

Initial 1st Consult £50.00 (Incudes session)

Individual Sessions £30.00

Block of 11 sessions £300.00 

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Alternative Therapies

Whilst Hydrotherapy may not be suitable for all dogs, it is important to be able to offer alternative treatments to aid your dog in their senior years. At Fit4dogs we strive to be able to offer services for all dogs and Physiotherapy or Cold Laser treatment are excellent options for your dog. These treatments can also work alongside Hydrotherapy to provide an all-round exercise and rehabilitation service.

 Why not visit our Physiotherapy & Laser Therapy pages to find out more about these excellent services.

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