Hydrotherapy for dogs offers a plethora of benefits for the recovery of dogs of all sizes. 

The process commences with getting the dog used to walking on a moving surface within an enclosed environment (the water treadmill). Once the animal is sufficiently adjusted to this, the water level within the compartment is gradually raised to the required level to provide optimal support/ resistance. 

General Applications 

Body/ Fitness conditioning 
Elbow dysplasia 
Fitness and fun 
Hip dysplasia 
Muscle weakness 
Neurological conditions 
Stable fractures (post operative) 
Tendon/ Ligament injuries 
Weight loss 

Water Treadmill Advantages 

The advantages of using a water treadmill for the treatment of dogs are manifold and include the ability to: 
Observe the process of treatment from all sides Allow early rehabilitation from spinal injuries and after surgery Adjust water height to increase/decrease weight-bearing and to achieve required movements Adjust duration and speed to achieve optimal gait and adapt exercise levels to improve fitness 
Offering our therapist the ability to accompany the animal and guide, support and re-educate (in terms of gait) as and when required through special foot-placing. 
The treadmill is perfect for exercising dogs while providing the support of warm water to gain a good range of limb movement and encouraging foot placement, extension and flexion within a highly controlled environment. 

General Applications 

Pain reduction and increase of sensory perceptionRelaxing of muscle tension/spasmsReduction of swelling (oedema)Increase of joint movement range and muscle tone, bulk and strengthImprovement of muscle recruitment and patterning (particularly important for dogs needing to learn to walk again following spinal surgery)Prevention of secondary complications resulting from gait abnormalities, limb disuse and/ or muscle contracture 
Slowing of the progression of degenerative disease (including degenerative myelopathy and osteoarthritis) effects 
Helping dogs to return to their normal life / work earlier, which, of course, is particularly important for police/ assistance dogs, hydrotherapy can also significantly improve the quality of life for disabled and/ or older dogs. It can also be effectively used to assist dogs overcoming hydrophobia and has been found to be beneficial for dogs with respiratory of heart problems. 
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