Hydrotherapy for pets

What is Hydrotherapy?

In Greek, the word ‘hydrotherapy’ means ‘water healing’. It is one of the oldest forms of medical treatment, and the curative properties of water are recorded in the writings of ancient cultures. Hydrotherapy was used by the ancient Greek, Persian, Chinese, and Egyptian civilisations. Hydrotherapy is considered to be a naturally occurring anti-inflammatory treatment, due to its ability to reduce tissue swelling. Dogs can benefit from water therapy in the same way humans can.

How does it work?

Water makes the body buoyant, so when submerged the weight of the body is supported. The buoyancy of the water reduces weight-bearing stress on the joints, which helps to reduce pain and allows for easier movement of the joints. This creates a much safer environment for recovery after an injury or surgery, and those who have been paralysed. Walking on a hydrotherapy treadmill is a great form of low-impact exercise for dogs. Before commencing hydrotherapy, all pets are assessed by a qualified therapist, who develops a customised exercise program, specifically tailored to meet your pet’s individual needs.

Hydrotherapy may help pets with:

  • Arthritis and degenerative joint disease
  • Increasing range of motion/gait modification
  • Promoting blood circulation and tissue healing
  • Supporting weight loss and general cardiovascular fitness
  • Strengthening muscles
  • Relieving swelling, stiffness, and pain

How will my pet respond?

Frequency, type, and duration of hydrotherapy sessions will differ for each pet. Our qualified therapists will check in regularly to make sure the desired results are being achieved and to make exercise program adjustments as required. And the warm water may help to reduce joint swelling as well as increasing lymphatic drainage to help the body to remove toxins and improve the immune system.

Every animal is unique; your pet will be assessed for the most suitable treatment and referred to the appropriate practitioner.

Frenchie Mark’s Story

Alison proud fur mother of Mark her 2 year old Frenchie, shares her recent experience at Paws Connect:
“I have just had the privilege of meeting the most compassionate and competent staff today. My 2 year old Frenchie Mark is recovering from meningitis and only 3 weeks ago he could not walk. He is on conventional medication and I decided that some additional therapies could help improve his physical and mental health. A huge thankyou to Phil for his Physio work, Caroline for her hydrotherapy sessions and Wendy, you guys have made mine and Marks day so much better. I would recommend this service to anybody that loves their dog.”

At Paws Connect, pet wellbeing is our priority.