DOG HYDROTHERAPY

Hydrotherapy is water based exercise that can allow gradual progression back to normal activities. Due to the buoyancy of the water, the load on the dogs joints is reduced, movement of limbs is assisted and strengthening of the muscles can occur. As the dog is not required to weight bear fully, pain levels are reduced and movement of the joints is increased.

Our purpose built hydrotherapy pool is kept between 29-31 degrees which means the warmth of the water helps to reduce muscle spasm and promote blood circulation, which in turn promotes healing and reduces swelling. Hydrotherapy is also fantastic for maintaining or improving cardiovascular fitness and aiding in weight loss.

Hydrotherapy is especially beneficial for dogs following orthopaedic surgery, dogs with osteoarthritis or chronic joint conditions such as hip/elbow dysplasia and those returning to activities after injury.
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CARE
All dogs are showered before they enter the pool to warm musculature up and add therapeutic benefit to their session as well as after the session to ensure removal of pool water and to prevent muscle soreness.

All dogs are fitted with a buoyancy floatation jacket or harness to enter the water in and a member of staff is in the pool with the dog at all times.

SAFETY
Our hydrotherapy pool is sanitised with chlorine and tested tri-daily to ensure the correct chemical levels are maintained to kill bacteria and keep the water at a comfortable PH for your dog’s skin.

We also have the pool water tested regularly by an outside water management company to ensure no bacteria or nasties are allowed to grow in the water. This ensures that you can be confident that your dog is in safe hands.

TREATMENT
We use a variety of techniques in the water to optimise use of the affected limb in the water. We also have variable height underwater platforms that dogs are able to stand on still immersed in the water. We can then perform massage techniques, exercises and physiotherapy techniques within the water to challenge your dog further.

They are also throughly dried with towels and/or dryer to ensure muscles and joints remain warm and mobile following treatment.

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