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How Does Hydrotherapy Work For Dogs?

Hydrotherapy For Dogs

Part of the treatment process for specific injuries and for pet surgery recovery is hydrotherapy. This type of rehabilitation involves an underwater treadmill that reduces pressure on the animal’s joints, muscles and bones while strengthening the body. If your pet has suffered an injury, your veterinarian in Clifton may recommend hydrotherapy treatment at the Valley Animal Hospital.

What is Pet Hydrotherapy?                                        

Hydrotherapy uses the properties of water, including buoyancy, hydro static pressure, resistance and viscosity to enable a dog to move injured parts without pain. Hydrotherapy literally means water healing. Because it reduces stress on the body, hydrotherapy creates a safer environment for pet surgery recovery. The length of time spent in rehabilitation depends on the dog and the type of injury, however, sessions typically last between 10 minutes to an hour.

Conditions that Benefit from Hydrotherapy

A variety of conditions can benefit from hydrotherapy. Dogs with degenerative disease or those who have been paralyzed may find more success when exercising in water. The warm water during this type of treatment helps reduce swelling, which is another benefit for dogs who suffer from arthritis and other conditions. Cold water can loosen tight muscles and is used most often for therapy and recovery sessions.

Types of Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy isn’t simply walking through the water on an underwater treadmill. It can include swimming laps and playing fetch. Your veterinarian can help determine which form of treatment is best for your pet's condition.

Other Benefits of Water Therapy

Water therapy can increase circulation and improve the appearance of the skin and coat. It also allows lymph drainage to help rid the body of toxins and allow for better digestion. Strength training in water helps improve coordination and provides an ideal form of low-impact exercise for dogs and puppies who are overweight.

If you live in the Clifton area and have a pet who has suffered from an injury or one that requires rehabilitation, our veterinarians at the Valley Animal Hospital can help set up a plan of treatment. Contact us at (973) 509-5225 to schedule an appointment.


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