What is Hydrotherapy
Hydrotherapy is derived from the Greek word meaning water healing. It is controlled aquatic exercise in heated sanitized water. Its particular value comes about because of the effects of the warmth and pressure of the water and particularly the buoyancy provided.
Hydrotherapy provides a non-weight bearing form of exercise in a specially designed heated swimming pool, providing excellent therapy for dogs in need of careful rehabilitation after injury or those suffering with general orthopaedic conditions. Our hydrotherapy pool can also be used for fun and fitness swims too.
Our hydrotherapy programmes are designed around each individual dog, to provide the best rehabilitation and fitness programme with the aim of improving and enhancing your dog’s physical and mental wellbeing.
The choice of hydrotherapy method used is dependent upon the animal’s injury/condition, breed and behaviour.
Prior to the commencement of treatment, we will liaise with your veterinary surgery to make sure we have an up to date history to provide the best treatment for your pet. We understand how upsetting and stressful it can be when having an injured or disabled dog or cat and will do everything we can to assist you through this difficult time.
*Please be aware, and depending on the ailments and current physical condition of your dog that the first session will probably only be in the water a matter of minutes as to not overdo things, but building sessions up accordingly with your animals fitness and recovery times.
We advise to start with 2 to 3 sessions a week but this is entirely up to your discretion. Your vet will need to agree that your dog is fit to swim & we will need to contact them beforehand even for a fitness swim
Hydrotherapy can be used to treat conditions such as:
- Hip & elbow dysplasia
- Spinal injuries
- Weight loss/conditioning
- Stroke patients
- OCD – osteochondritis dissecans
- Fun swims
- Sprains and breaks
- Cruciate ligament problems
- Pre and post-operative muscle regeneration & maintenance
Hydrotherapy can also be used to increase fitness levels in dogs that compete in sports such as agility and greyhound racing.