Low-impact and high-resistance exercises such as swimming are really well suited to dogs with joint conditions like dysplasia. This is because they help build up the larger buttock muscles, which help support the ball and socket hip joint. Likewise, low-impact exercise is easier on the elbow joints.
Cranial Cruciate Injuries
Hydrotherapy may prevent dogs diagnosed with partial tears from completely rupturing, as water exercise aids in muscle development.
Swimming is proven to help some dogs lose excess weight and strengthen muscles. It’s a non-weight bearing exercise, which is especially good for dogs with joint problems or injuries, and because there is increased resistance from the water, it can burn more calories in a shorter amount of time than a walk in the park
The buoyancy of the water makes walking on the treadmill or swimming across the pool a zero-impact exercise, which means the dog can stretch out stiff muscles without the accompanying pain associated with bearing weight on the affected limbs.
Strength and Conditioning
The buoyancy and reduced dead weight that a pool provides enables your dog to get a low-impact, but effective workout; helping to strengthen muscle tone, improve mobility, and increase fitness levels. We will work with you to develop an exercise plan that both you and your dog can accomplish.
Swimming. In the water, your dog floats which alleviates the weight on your canine’s elbows. Your dog can freely move and feel less discomfort. Swimming in a pool is a wonderful activity for any canine suffering from elbow dysplasia.
Intervertebral Disc Disease
Following spinal surgery, it is vital that exercise is carefully controlled and that the dog’s movements are restricted and supported. Swimming is an excellent way to improve circulation and encourage mobility within these restrictions, without putting any undue pressure on the spine and joints.
Our pool is available for fitness swims, not just hydrotherapy and rehab.
If you want your dog to enjoy a fun, safe swim in our nice heated pool then just give us a call on 01202 929518 and we will sort out the rest.
Choosing water therapy for your dog’s treatment with DM is a crucial part of their rehabilitation and therapy. The buoyancy of the water allows effective exercise for the weakened areas of the body to build strength, muscle, and confidence in your dog.
“Swimming makes them whole. They can move in the water like they cannot on land. With swimming being non-weight bearing, it helps condition muscles without any impact. Some paralyzed dogs can actually move their limbs when they get in the water
The good news is, that most dogs can overcome their fear of water and many even get to the point where they like being in the water.
Swimming is a fantastic activity for dogs of all ages, but is particularly good for older dogs because it is low-impact and easy on their weakening joints and muscles. Swimming also builds strength, is good for their overall conditioning, and is naturally relaxing and comforting to most dogs.