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What is hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy utilises the properties of water. To ensure safety and appropriate treatment, hydrotherapy should be carried out by appropriately qualified and trained hydrotherapist’s to improve an animal’s function in a purpose built, and suitably heated hydrotherapy pool. All dogs require veterinary consent prior to their first swim, this form can be downloaded (needs link).

Benefits of hydrotherapy

The benefits of hydrotherapy depend very much on how the hydrotherapy treatment is carried out. For some dogs simply floating or swimming gently in water can relieve pain and inflammation. For others more vigorous exercise is used to increase the use of limbs, increase muscle bulk and tone, and strengthen the support for joints. Especially after surgery or injury hydrotherapy can allow earlier return to normal use.

Water can also be used as a means of supporting dogs in a non weight bearing or partially weight bearing environment to allow movements that would not be possible on land, perhaps because of weakness or injury. This is particularly useful for dogs that have spinal problems

Hydrotherapy can also increase cardiovascular fitness and help with weight loss.

Benefits of hydrotherapy can include:

Conditions treated with hydrotherapy

In general conditions treated with hydrotherapy fall into the following categories:

These conditions can include:

Why use a Qualified Canine Hydrotherapist?

It is important that any client has confidence in the therapist treating their dog. By choosing to use a Qualified Canine Hydrotherapist you can be assured that the hydrotherapist looking after your dog or cat is trained in hydrotherapy and is trained to a high standard understanding the needs of each individual dog and the care needed for its condition.

Our therapists

Gail Baker – ABC Level 3 Qualified in small animal hydrotherapy

Megan Rose-Routledge – First Aid Qualified. In training and working at Hydropaws for over 2 years.