How Often Should A Dog Have Hydrotherapy?

May 27th, 2020 | ​​​​​​​hydrotherapy

How Often Should A Dog Have Hydrotherapy?

If your dog is experiencing the effects of injury, chronic pain or aging, there are many natural treatment methods to explore. Hydrotherapy treatment in Tampa is an option that encourages exercise and rehabilitation.

Hydrotherapy Treatment in Tampa: What Is It?

In short, Hydrotherapy is a rehabilitation modality that helps dogs get physical exercise that is more gentle on joints and bones. Generally, hydrotherapy is conducted in a water tank where a dog is placed and encouraged to walk on a treadmill or swim, creating buoyancy to lift weight off its joints.

Hydrotherapy also capitalizes on the resistance that water creates. It adds additional physical activity benefits (such as muscle strengthening and increased flexibility) while also supporting joints.

In this way,  the dog receives the exercise that he needs without putting additional pressure on the joints. This is especially effective for older dogs or dogs recovering from orthopedic and spinal surgery.


How Hydrotherapy Treatment Can Help

Hydrotherapy treatment has helped countless Tampa-St. Petersburg area pet owners see improvement in the health and well-being of their furry friends. As dogs grow older, certain health conditions can start to create mobility issues, cause pain and reduce the quality of life. This is where hydrotherapy is immensely helpful. We have helped dogs that suffer from many health conditions, including:

  • Chronic degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis

  • Orthopedic Surgery

  • Accidents and injuries

  • Spinal Surgery

  • Age and muscle atrophy

  • Obesity

If your dog is suffering from pain or injury, hydrotherapy is a great addition to their rehabilitation plan. Signs to watch indicating your dog may be suffering from an injury or a condition that can benefit from hydrotherapy and rehabilitation could be:

  • Limping

  • Adverse reaction to touch, especially in isolated areas of the body

  • Significant changes in weight, both loss, and gain

  • Tired and sluggish

  • Uncharacteristic aggression

Read More: Top Benefits of Hydrotherapy 

What’s Right for Your Dog?

Like humans, treatments aren’t one-size-fits-all. Instead, the frequency of treatment often depends on the individual dog’s current abilities, needs and reasonable goals for treatment.

With hydrotherapy, the same is true.

An example from the National Association of Registered Canine Hydrotherapists (NARCH) demonstrates this well. For a young dog with hip dysplasia, it’s often expected that hydrotherapy treatment will be needed. This lasts for 6 months to 1 year until the dog is skeletally mature. In contrast, an elderly dog with chronic arthritis may need hydrotherapy twice a week for 8 weeks to see a significant improvement. Then, regular hydrotherapy for the rest of his life.

We specialize in hydrotherapy for dogs and canine rehabilitative services. We always aim to deliver a customized health plan that focuses on your dog’s specific health situation and needs. After a consultation, our Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) will develop a personalized plan that outlines treatment options, recommended frequencies for visits and rehab sessions, and expected outcomes.

Read More: Hydrotherapy: Is It Good for Every Dog? 

Hydrotherapy Treatment In Tampa

Sometimes your four-legged friend needs extra attention to maintain mobility. Here at Tampa Bay K-9 Rehabilitation Center, we offer hydrotherapy treatments with an underwater treadmill, swim tank and other physical rehabilitation modalities. These give your dog the exercise and physical rehabilitation he needs without the added strain on joints and bones.

Learn more about how hydrotherapy can help your dog by contacting us for a canine rehabilitation consultation here today! Or call us at (727) 677-9500.

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