Just like people, dogs sometimes need physical therapy. Our holistic veterinarian administers hydrotherapy to help dogs heal. Your dogs are in good hands when you bring them to Integrative Veterinary Wellness in Richardson. We will treat your dog with quality care and compassion.
How Dog Hydrotherapy Works
Hydrotherapy allows dogs to exercise in the water with professional supervision. This type of exercise is used to treat injured muscles, ligaments, and tendons. It manipulates the soft tissue, allowing the animal to move around freely without experiencing pain. If your dog suffers from a limp, this type of treatment can correct the limp, without exacerbating the injury.
Improving Health Conditions
Many health conditions can be treated using hydrotherapy. It is used to reduce or eliminate neurological issues, as well as orthotic problems, musculoskeletal pain, and arthritis. Also, it can help dogs that are experiencing pain in their hips and joints and is used in conjunction with supplements.
For some dogs, it has been proven as an effective way to lose excess weight. By having the dog exercise in water, the muscles work harder and the body burns an increased amount of fat. At the same time, the exercise is less strenuous on the dog’s body because it weighs less in the water.
There are two types of hydrotherapy your dog may need. These therapies are water treadmills and pool-based exercises. Most people are familiar with water treadmills. Dogs start on a treadmill that is held in an empty tank. As the dog walks on it, warm water is added to the tank. This exercise is very flexible because adjustments can be made according to a dog's needs. For dogs who are experiencing joint pain, the tank is only filled with enough water to come up to the dog's hips. This helps relax the joints and reduces the pain. The speed of the treadmill can also be adjusted accordingly to help the dog during the therapy.
Pool-based hydrotherapy is used to treat dogs with arthritis. It is also useful in treating dogs who are experiencing pain in the forearms by increasing the dog’s range of movement in that part of the body. Dogs that receive this type of therapy following surgery cannot begin therapy until at least ten days after the procedure.
Contact Integrative Veterinary Wellness
To find out if your dog is a good candidate for hydrotherapy, make an appointment with Integrative Veterinary Wellness. If you live in or around Richardson, TX, call us today at 469-250-4023 to schedule a consultation with one of our veterinarians.