How Hydrotherapy Works for Dogs

February 10th, 2015 | ​​​​​​​Hydrotherapy

How Hydrotherapy Works for Dogs

At the Central Animal Hospital, we have provided countless dogs in Tampa with safe, effective forms of treatment using Hydrotherapy, also known as aquatic therapy. This is a type of occupational/rehabilitation therapy that uses water for medical treatment. Humans began using it hundreds of thousands of years ago. Although it has been primarily used for humans, it can also be effective in treating animals, especially horses and dogs — suffering from arthritis and other chronic diseases.

How it Works & What it Treats

Most effective for pain treatment and management, it uses a broad range of methods, techniques and therapies. Hydrotherapy maximizes on the physical properties of water, such as temperature and pressure, to stimulate blood circulation, help build muscle strength, increase mobility and range of motion, and treat symptoms of disease.

Though the water tanks vary at different facilities, most incorporate water jets, massages, ramps, hoists, and harnesses. Sometimes weight bearing exercises are too much for dogs to handle. This is why water can be so useful, especially with larger dogs, such as German Shepherds, Labs, and Retrievers. The dog’s muscles benefit from the warm water, which soothes muscles and loosens them up. Water jets can add levels of resistance.

Canine hydrotherapy in Tampa helps treat chronic conditions. It is also effective in post-operative recovery, as well as pre-op and general fitness for dogs. It also helps obese canines lose weight. An additional benefit is that it helps to slow the conditions like degenerative diseases, hip dysplasia, and spinal injuries.

In this type of therapy, your dog will engage in controlling swimming exercises in water that double-acts as an anti-inflammatory. We also offer underwater treadmills, which pair with other forms of treatment and therapy for optimal health and healing.

Hydrotherapy Services in Tampa

Hydrotherapy is a comfortable and supportive form of treatment that offers a fun, effective and relaxed environment for the dog. If you are interested in learning more about this practice, or want to speak with an expert who can give you more information regarding whether or not this is the right treatment approach to take for your canine, contact us online or give us a call today (727) 677-9500.

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