Canine Hydrotherapy can significantly aid a dog’s healing and recovery rate after surgery or injury, increasing the chance of a successful return to full fitness..
Our Canine Hydrotherapy Centre offers Deep Water Swimming because it is a non-impact form of exercise that your dog can safely engage in to rebuild muscle without exerting any undue pressure on the joints. Swimming is the only exercise where there is no impact on joints and soft tissue. We also offer water treadmill treatment which ensures hind limb movement in the correct plane, using the resistance of water to stimulate muscle development.
Just like humans, following injury and during recovery, our dogs exercise level becomes limited and their muscles lose strength and tone due to the enforced inactivity. Once the rest period or confinement is over Canine Hydrotherapy can be used to help rebuild muscle. But care must be taken to ensure a complete recovery without jeopardising the veterinary procedures and treatment they have received. We have the knowledge and training to offer the optimum recovery programme.
Our therapists have had extensive canine hydrotherapy training with one of the training providers recommended by NARCH, (the National Association of Registered Hydrotherapists) and are all certified Canine Hydrotherapists.
Our association with NARCH ensures that our Therapists are up to date with all the latest techniques in canine hydrotherapy. They are also trained in magnetic pulse therapy, massage and rehabilitation therapy, and work closely with Vets and other professionals.
As well as improving muscle strength and endurance additional benefits of Canine Hydrotherapy are:
- Pre and post-operative conditioning
- Relief from pain, swelling and stiffness
- Increased range of motion in joints
- Improved mobility
- Cardiovascular fitness
- Overall general fitness and conditioning
- Weight reduction and toning
- Mental wellbeing
Conditions benefiting Canine Hydrotherapy:
- Hip/elbow Dysplasia
- Cruciate ligament injuries
- Recovery from injury
- Spinal injuries
- Neurological disorders
- Limb amputees
Deep water swimming:
Our large 22’ x 13’ x4’ heated, indoor canine hydrotherapy pool at Canine Therapies, easily allows two hydrotherapists to enter the water with your dog which means your dog gets maximum care and attention
Canine Hydrotherapy is so much more than just swimming in a pool. By being in the water with your dog, the therapists are able to combine gentle warm water massage with swimming and ensure full range of bio-mechanic motion is achieved.
Our hydrotherapists will also help your dog to gain confidence in the canine hydrotherapy pool environment and to offer calming reassurance if necessary. We find that most non-swimming dogs quickly begin to relax and enjoy their canine hydrotherapy pool session by the 2nd or 3rd visit. Of course there are those dogs that just can’t wait to get started on the 1st visit! Being in the water also allows us to connect with your dog and they quickly learn to trust and relax with us which all serves to maximise the rehabilitation process.
We have found that many dogs continue to visit Canine Therapies after their initial rehabilitative swims purely for enjoyment, fitness and as a fun alternative to their regular exercise.
Our large canine hydrotherapy pool allows your dog to swim naturally as there is no artificial current to swim against. Your dog is able to enter and exit the water via custom made steps that allow the therapist to be in total control. We do not employ the use of a hoist/harness system.
In the Underwater Treadmill there is still contact with a surface. Some conditions may benefit more from this treatment as it ensures the hind limbs work as hard as they would normally (some dogs try to use their fore limbs more in deep water). A hydrotherapist can work in the treadmill with the dog to place the feet accurately and help to re-establish nerve pathways which have been damaged. It has particular benefits for dogs who have undergone hind limb or spinal surgery, or suffered neurological damage. Some breeds with very short muzzles struggle in deep water because their breathing may be compromised, such as pugs and pekingese, and dogs with recurrent ear infections may need hydrotherapy but must not get their ears wet, so for these the treadmill is invaluable.