Hydrotherapy - a form of therapy that uses the properties of water to benefit our dogs. Improving muscle strength, range of motion, faster recovery time, promoting circulation, tissue healing, cardio fitness, and gait modification.
Certified as a Canine Hydrotherapist in July 2020, I have had the pleasure of witnessing hydrotherapy improving the physical, mental and emotional health of many dogs. Improving balance, strengthening, building muscle, and recovering nerve function, but there is so much more than just these few benefits. Hydrotherapy using the properties of water – buoyancy, resistance and hydrostatic pressure, to support the dog, encouraging them to move their joints. The buoyancy allows the weight of the body to be supported when submerged in the pool, by eliminating gravity which decreases the stress on the joints, creating a safe and supported environment for rehabilitation post-surgery.
Senior dogs who suffer from chronic mobility conditions such as arthritis, greatly benefit from hydrotherapy. The pool heated to 90-degrees fahrenheit helps reduce inflammation, relax tense muscles and has countless other benefits.
Water therapy stimulates, strengthens and relaxes the body, while improving balance, coordination, and increasing overall energy levels, all while decreasing pain and stress.
Further benefits of hydrotherapy for dogs;
Hydrotherapy is very beneficial for senior dogs who suffer from arthritis and/or nerve damage; the warm water helps reduce inflammation and promotes circulation, along with numerous other benefits.
Additional benefits include:
Cancelations within 24 hours are non-refundable
Upon receiving your appointment request, we will send (by email) the required vet approval form to the clinic listed on your online profile. There is no cost for this form to be completed. Once we receive the form (usually within 24-48 hours) we will confirm your appointment date and time.
*After the initial consultation appointment, the hydrotherapist will review your dog’s condition and provide you with a rehabilitation plan and pricing, specific to your individual dog’s needs.
Cancelations within 24 hours are non-refundable
After the initial consultation appointment, the hydrotherapist will review your dog’s abilities, your goals for your dog and provide you with a recommendation for your individual dog's program, the number of sessions weekly and how long your dog should participate in therapy and swim, offering discount pricing for individual swim/therapy programs.
To provide your aging dog with comfort and quality of life, physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Giving them an activity that they can enjoy without adding stress to their joints, & providing relief of chronic medical conditions.
Yes. We ask that you do not feed your dog within 2 hours of their hydrotherapy session and make attempts to offer them time to relieve themselves after they have arrived at our facility. All dogs with incontinence are required to wear a diaper. We have diapers available in some sizes if you do not have your own.
Yes. We will always attempt to offer our hydrotherapy services to all dogs. We try to accommodate handling the dog’s as they feel comfortable. We have worked with dogs, that wear muzzles and head halters in the pool for the safety of the therapist and the dog.
We make every attempt available to eliminate possible irritants from the pool. Our pool water is balanced using the Clear BlueMineral Ionizer. Mineral pools need to maintain a chlorine level of 0.1 – 0.5ppm (saltwater pool 10 ppm) and are shocked with a chlorine free product so you won’t smell any chlorine in our pool area. We also do regular testing for both E. coli and coliform bacteria, and pool chemistry daily, to ensure we maintain a safe, clean, and balanced pool, for your dog to enjoy.
We always request vet approval when we are offering therapy to dogs with diagnosed mobility conditions. Approval is obtained by having us submit an electronic form to your dog’s vet clinic, at no charge to the client. If your dog has been approved to participate in hydrotherapy before surgery, we will certainly offer our services.
Yes. Of course, it is much easier when the dog likes swimming, but we have offered our hydrotherapy services to many dogs, who did not like swimming. Once the dog accepts being in the pool, and they feel the benefits from the hydrotherapy, they become much more willing to participate in the pool.
A towel or two. A toy that encourages your dog to participate. If your dog has food sensitivities, bring their treats. Any information we don’t have, that you feel is relevant to the dog’s reason for requiring hydrotherapy.
We would prefer that your dog not have debris stuck in their coat, and not be covered in mud. They do not need to be recently groomed. We ask that you do not brush your dog’s coat, or clip your dog’s nails on the day of their hydrotherapy session.
We do have towels to dry your dog off, but it is a good idea to bring your own, as you might want it for the drive home.