Benefits of Hydrotherapy for Dogs

Benefits of Hydrotherapy for Dogs

Hydrotherapy for dogs has been trending all across social media and making some buzz in the dog world. This seemingly popular trend may have you pondering over the methods and techniques that are used and its effectiveness.

How does it help my dog?

How effective is it?

What all ailments can hydrotherapy cure?

As a dog owner, you’re likely to ask yourself these questions before diving into the world of hydrotherapy. Worry not my fellow dog lover, we have it all simplified for you.

Hydrotherapy involves the use of water (Surprise!) to cure pain in muscles and joints whilst also strengthening them. Formerly known as hydropath, it involves a wide array of therapeutic methods in order to draw maximum benefits of the physical properties of water. It encompasses properties like temperature, pressure, buoyancy, resistance and the viscosity of water to stimulate the blood circulation.

Benefits of hydrotherapy

Canine hydrotherapy is a form of hydrotherapy that focuses on the treatment of chronic conditions, pre and posts surgery recovery, food, maintaining overall fitness and in some cases even paralysis. It’s used to relax and ease the pain that comes with canine arthritis in old aged dogs. The buoyancy acts as the primary force behind balancing the weight of the body and helps in relaxing the muscles.

Dr. Leilani Alvarez, Head of integrative & Rehabilitation Medicine at Animal Medical Center’s Integrative & Rehab Medical Service, NYC comments, “The water therapy for dogs is really helpful because when they get in the water they have to actually work against the water which makes them stronger but then they float at the top so there’s actually less weight through various body parts of the body that might be painful. The buoyancy of the water helps to support the body and the motion of the treadmill gets their feet moving at the correct rhythm”.

  • Water helps with lymph drainage and rids the body of toxins.
  • Water encourages a healthy digestive system and can promote balance and coordination.
  • Hydrotherapy also helps dogs in shedding a few pounds. Obesity is a very common problem in aged dogs. A well planned low-impact exercise, frequent walks on the underwater treadmill keep the dog active and their weight in check
  • An important reason why hydrotherapy is a favorite amongst the dog community is because of the fun and excitement that comes with it. The whole experience of splashing water and swimming in it helps in relieving stress.
  • It helps primarily with rehabilitating the damaged muscles and helps in reducing the muscle tension and your dog can have all the food.
  • Hydrotherapy supplies fresh nutrients and oxygen to the injured tissues of the body. It also increases the production of opioid peptides, especially endorphins which enhances circulation in the body and strengthens the immune system.

Hydrotherapy is for any pooch that has the following ailments or requirements:

  • Pre and Post surgery recovery.
  • Arthritis or dysplasia
  • Cardiovascular workout for senior dogs.
  • Rehab for dogs that have undergone any kind of stroke.
  • Osteochondrosis or fracture recovery.
  • Studies and preliminary observations have shown hydrotherapy can help in restoring the muscle tone in cases of degenerative radiculomyelopathy and even neurological diseases in dogs.
  • Obesity (yes, dogs have to deal with it too)

What is the average cost hydrotherapy in dogs?

Factors like the type of hydrotherapy, the period of therapy sessions, the condition that’s being treated, your country, state or region vary the cost of hydrotherapy. Water jets, underwater massage, whirlpool bath, hot tub, indoor hutch, underwater treadmill and pool based therapy being the most common forms of hydrotherapy. Generally, pool therapy costs less than underwater treadmill sessions.

The do’s and don’ts of hydrotherapy

Despite its spot on effects and benefits, hydrotherapy isn’t for every canine friend.

Hydrotherapy is a non-traditional method of improving your dog’s health conditions with minimum or avoidable risks involved. If recommended by the vet, this technique of rehabilitation is best suited for your pet that will not only gain immediate benefits out of it but will also thank you enough for the fun and action involved. Hydrotherapy is definitely an amalgamation of healing and water rides.

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