ALL dogs can benefit from Hydrotherapy!!
Not just post-op or older dogs.
Orthopaedic/Neurological conditions -
Hydrotherapy has proven benefits for numerous conditions, such as:-
Hip and elbow dysplasia
Cruciate ligament injuries
Slipped disc and disc herniation
Vestibular and wobblers syndrome
Soft tissue injuries
Pre-operation - to build up muscles before an operation, improve stamina and cardiovascular system to enable a faster recovery time post-op.
Post-operation - To rebuild wasted muscle, which can start within 3 days of the patient being immobilsed, through a non weight bearing low impact exercise. To aid with pain relief and increase range of movement. Improve recovery time and also to provide mental stimulation.
Older Dogs - Alleviation of pain in stiff joints. Increase muscles which support the joints. Non weight bearing exercise providing mental stimulation.
Obese Dogs - Increase metabolic rate to burn off fat. As non weight bearing, the stress on joints is relieved and the exercise will increase fitness. Important to note that a home exercise programme and diet change should also be done alongside hydrotherapy.
Fitness and Fun - Great all round exercise to increase fitness and provide mental stimulation.