Hydrotherapy for dogs: A Growing Trend in Canine Physical Therapy
Exercising in water has the benefit of providing BUOYANCY & RESISTANCE, making it possible to strengthen and condition muscles and builds endurance without placing stress on joints
Benefits of HYDROTHERAPY
Post-surgical healing & recovery
Faster recovery from surgery, sprain or strain
Less Impact on Joints
Relives Arthritis Pain
Improves Stamina & Vitality
Aged related limitations: decreased mobility, arthritis, stiffness
Weight reduction & management
Here are five reasons your pup should take the plunge:
1. It Improves Overall Health
Swimming is one of the best, most complete forms of exercise for your dog. Just one minute of swimming equates to four minutes of running! It provides numerous health benefits, including strengthening the heart and lungs, decreasing inflammation, increasing metabolism, and improving circulation which helps keep the skin and coat healthy. Plus, moving their limbs against the resistance of the water uses every major muscle group, improving overall tone and strength. All this adds up to a healthy, happy dog who can run, play, and have fun for longer with less risk of injury.
2. It’s Joint-Friendly
Swimming is low-impact, non-concussive, and non-weight bearing, meaning it allows your dog to enjoy all the benefits without putting stress on their joints and tendons. When submerged, the water takes on most of your dog’s weight, supporting their body and relieving their skeletal system from the stress of jarring impacts that can occur when exercising on land. Furthermore, swimming gets dogs moving in a different way than they usually would on solid ground, which improves their range of motion. All these advantages make swimming an especially-beneficial form of exercise for dogs with joint disorders such as arthritis or dysplasia, and wonderful rehabilitation for pups who are recovering from orthopedic or neurological injury.
3. It’s Stress-Relieving
Not only is swimming great for your dog’s physical health, it also improves their mental wellbeing. Just like humans, dogs need mental stimulation in the form of play, fun, and varied activities that differ from the norm to help them stay sharp and happy. Swimming allows dogs that are usually restricted to exercising on a leash the freedom to get out all their pent-up energy without feeling restrained. Plus, a happily worn-out dog is more likely to look forward to going home and sleeping, allowing them to reap the restorative benefits of a good night’s sleep.