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.