About Hydrotherapy and Aquatics

Does your dog have any of these conditions?

  • Arthritis or suffering from joint injury or disease
  • Needs to lose weight
  • Recovering from surgery and needs to improve physical condition
  • Needs to build up muscle in preparation for a surgical procedure
  • Senior in age or showing signs of slowing down
  • Has tons of energy, causing behavioural problems
  • Is bored or depressed, causing behavioural problems
  • Needs to maintain condition for competition or the show ring

…then Canine Water Wellness may be just the place for your dog and you.

As humans, we have known for many years about the health benefits of hydrotherapy (swimming in warm water) for healing and conditioning purposes. For dogs, these same benefits apply.

The warm water both stimulates and relaxes the body. It influences all the systems of the physical body – the musculatory, circulatory, respiratory and skeletal systems, etc.

Equally important, it can also greatly benefit the emotional state of both the dog AND guardian.

Vets now recommend these services because of the many benefits.

Warm water therapy and exercise may assist in the following: Medical conditions that may benefit from hydrotherapy:
  • Muscle strengthening
  • Cardiovascular improvement
  • Weight management
  • Geriatric fitness
  • Increased body awareness, balance & coordination
  • Relaxation & mental stimulation
  • Confidence building
  • Human to dog bonding
  • Having fun!
  • Arthritis & mobility issues
  • Joint & spinal injuries
  • Hip & elbow dysplasia
  • Pre & post surgery
  • Chronic pain
  • Obesity
  • Paralysis & neurological conditions
  • Ligaments, tendons and soft tissue damage
  • Competition & show conditioning

What makes hydrotherapy such a fantastic form of therapy and exercise for dogs?

Unlike humans, dogs do not 'commit' to a prescribed exercise program by their veterinarian or other health practioners. They need our help. They will avoid using a compromised part of their body if possible. Swimming requires the functioning of all muscle groups thus providing an all-over, balanced workout.

The water qualities of buoyancy, hydrostatic pressure, and resistance affect how the body functions and moves.

  • The body can move in a more balanced, fluid way, without the pain that may be experienced in other non-supportive environments.
  • The range of motion and circulation is increased. Pain associated with the impact and stress on joints is decreased.

What does swimming in a warm pool actually do for dogs?

For answers to other questions about benefits and hydrotherapy see our FAQ page.

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