hydrotherapy is a low-impact physical therapy treatment that uses the benefits of water to help dogs recover from various health conditions.
– mprove strength and range of motion after surgery or injury – Support joints of dogs with arthritis, hip dysplasia, or a joint pain flare-up
– ACL recovery – Arthritis – Muscle atrophy – Paralysis – Obesity
Typically, hydrotherapy begins with a visit to the veterinarian and is not the first — or only — course of treatment.
– Swimming pool sessions – Underwater treadmill workouts – Immersion therapy in a heated whirlpool
A vet or certified hydrotherapist can determine whether your pup can benefit from hydrotherapy and guide them through water exercises at a rehabilitation center.
Hydrotherapy can benefit dogs in many ways, such as increasing mobility, building strength, reducing pain, and improving blood circulation. The water provides a non-weight environment for movements that would not be possible on land due to injury, weight, or other pain. This is especially helpful to dogs suffering from joint problems and obesity.
Treatment time will depend on your dog’s individual needs. Some dogs may need treatment for six months to one year until their condition improves, whereas other dogs may benefit from weekly therapy sessions for their entire lives.
Costs vary, but the average session is between $35 and $50.
Recreational hydrotherapy can be done in a kiddie pool, swimming pool, or larger body of water. But not all dogs can swim, so watching your pup is important.