What is canine hydrotherapy?
How does it work?
There are a number of properties of heated water that aid a dog’s recovery and increase fitness:
Buoyancy: Minimises weight bearing and therefore pain on damaged tissues which helps restore the range of movement in a joint.
Viscosity: Compare the ‘thickness’ of water to air. This helps your dog stand with less effort - therapeutic in itself but can also mean your dog can do exercise it would normally be unable to complete.
Water resistance: Makes it harder to complete exercises in water thus increasing muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness.
Hydrostatic pressure: The deeper you go in water the higher the pressure on your body which can help reduce swollen joints.
Warmth: Improves circulation to muscles, increase joint flexibility and helps reduce joint pain.