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Canine Hydrotherapy - how it can help

Hydrotherapy is a non-weight bearing therapy with many benefits:

 Relieves pain, swelling and stiffness
 Improves muscle strength
 Improves circulation
 Increases range of movement
 Improves cardiovascular fitness
 Improves mental well-being and quality of life

Following surgery or injury a full range of limb movement may not be possible on land. Treatment in water (hydrotherapy) reduces stress on a dog's joints encouraging a full range of joint motion which in turn encourages improved muscle tone and promotes tissue repair.

This, in conjunction with the warm water, helps to promote circulation and increases the rate of recovery. The warm water and the hydrostatic pressure of the water can also have an analgesic (pain relief) and anti-inflammatory effect.

Hydrotherapy can also play a vital role in improving a dog's mental well-being particularly following trauma, injury or surgery or when a dog is on restricted exercise. Being able to move freely in the water and have fun helps a dog's positive mental attitude which in turn helps promote recovery. This can also help owners who can find it difficult when their dog is either convalescing or unable to exercise normally.

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Which conditions benefit from hydrotherapy?

Pre-and post-operative conditioning
Hip/Elbow Dysplasia
CDRM (Chronic Degenerative Radiculomyelopathy)
OCD (Osteochronditis Dissecan/
Osteoarthritis of the shoulder)
Recovery from multiple injuries
Cruciate ligament injuries and post operative recovery
Relaxation of muscle spasms
Luxating/sub-luxating patellas
Stroke patients
Spinal injuries