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Hydrotherapy for Dogs

Join us for another Tuesday Talk with Ruby Reese, this time joined by the amazing Claire "The Canine Clinic" all about Hydrotherapy for dogs. And yes it is more than just swim with your dog. 

Host: Killian
Guest: Claire (The Canine Clinic)
More information about "The Canine Clinic":
Website: https://www.thecanineclinic.com/
Instagram: @thecanineclinic


10 facts about "Hydrotherapy for Dogs"

  1. Natural Healing: Hydrotherapy for dogs uses water as a therapeutic medium to aid in the healing process. It's particularly beneficial for dogs recovering from surgery, injury, or those with chronic conditions like arthritis.
  2. Low-Impact Exercise: Hydrotherapy provides a low-impact form of exercise for dogs, which is especially beneficial for those with joint problems or mobility issues. The buoyancy of water reduces stress on joints while allowing for an increased range of motion.
  3. Muscle Strengthening: Swimming engages a dog's muscles in a way that walking or running on land doesn't. Hydrotherapy sessions can help strengthen muscles, particularly in the legs and core, leading to improved overall mobility and stability.
  4. Improved Circulation: The resistance of water during hydrotherapy sessions helps to improve circulation in dogs. Better circulation can promote faster healing by delivering oxygen and nutrients to injured tissues.
  5. Pain Management: Hydrotherapy can help reduce pain in dogs by providing gentle exercise and promoting the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers. It's often used as part of a comprehensive pain management plan for dogs with conditions like hip dysplasia, spinal issues or slipping patella.
  6. Weight Management: Swimming is an excellent form of cardiovascular exercise for dogs, helping them burn calories and maintain a healthy weight. Hydrotherapy can be particularly beneficial for overweight or obese dogs who may struggle with traditional forms of exercise due to joint pain or limited mobility.
  7. Increased Flexibility: Regular hydrotherapy sessions can help improve a dog's flexibility by stretching muscles and increasing joint range of motion. This is especially important for older dogs or those recovering from injuries, as it can help prevent stiffness and improve the overall mobility.
  8. Stress Reduction: Many dogs find swimming to be an enjoyable and stress-relieving activity. Hydrotherapy sessions in a safe environment provide mental stimulation and can help reduce anxiety in dogs, particularly those who may be nervous or fearful in other environments.
  9. Post-Surgical Rehabilitation: Hydrotherapy is often recommended as part of the rehabilitation process for dogs recovering from orthopaedic surgeries such as hip replacement. The controlled environment of a hydrotherapy pool allows for gradual reintroduction of movement and exercise without putting undue stress on healing tissues.
  10. Tailored Treatment: Hydrotherapy sessions are normally customised to meet the individual needs of each dog. Trained hydrotherapists can provide an optimal therapeutic experience based on factors such as the dog's size, condition, and fitness level. Always look for certified professionals.


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