Aqua therapy for dogs, sometimes referred to as canine hydrotherapy, is a treatment used for rehabilitation and and athletic conditioning.
How does aqua therapy work?
Aqua therapy works in a few different ways.
First, the water provides a buoyancy that lessens the pressure on a dog's joints and muscles during a workout. This allows them to complete exercises that would otherwise be too difficult or painful for them.
Second, the water creates a resistance that can increase the productivity of a dog's workout, building strength and stamina.
Third, the warm pressure of the water can be like a gentle massage, helping to relax and alleviate pain in a dog's muscles and joints.
How will aqua therapy benefit my dog?
Aqua therapy has many benefits, and can be modified to meet your dog's specific needs. Some of the reasons that veterinarians recommend aqua therapy for dogs include:
◆ Post-operative rehabilitation
◆ Retraining due to nerve damage or deficiencies
◆ Prevention of injury
◆ Pain control
◆ Weight loss
◆ General and/or intensive conditioning
What conditions can be treated by aqua therapy?
Aqua therapy has been known to help and treat the following conditions:
◆ Gait disruption
◆ Muscle stiffness
◆ Spinal injury
◆ Hip Dysplasia
◆ Muscle atrophy
◆ Weght loss
◆ Loss of range of motion
◆ Coordination disorders
◆ Overall physical deterioration