What are the 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 support for joints. This is especially important after surgery or injury and aid 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.