What is canine hydrotherapy?
Canine hydrotherapy involves the use of structured exercise within warm water in an underwater treadmill. The water provides warmth, hydrostatic pressure and buoyancy to ensure that your dog can build muscle and recuperate in a controlled environment.
How can it benefit your pet?
- Reduction in pain, stiffness and swelling
- Reduction in the use of anti-inflammatory drugs
- Aid muscle relaxation
- Muscle strengthening, maintenance and restoration
- Increase in the range of motion of affected joints
- Improved circulation
- Cardiovascular fitness (heart & lungs)
- Increase in neurological sensation
- Reduced weight bearing exercise
- Weight loss
What does it involve?
- An initial assessment, following a consultation with a vet.
- At this introductory session the therapist will carry out a full orthopaedic assessment to analyse the dog’s gait and mobility.
- The therapist will subsequently devise a programme to encompass all of your dog’s needs.
- You will then be given a range of exercises to do at home and be booked in for a course of hydrotherapy sessions.
What programmes are offered at New Era?
- Post operative rehabilitation
- Arthritis management
- Geriatric clinics
- Obesity management
- Fitness and stamina
Please speak to the New Era therapist Sarah Le Quesne by phoning the main Hospital number (01534) 730521