Hydrotherapy is a physiotherapy technique used as a training resource for racing horses and has been gaining ground in veterinary clinics with the treatment of dogs with neurological, endocrinological and orthopedic problems.
The technique consists of exercises in the water, be it swimming, hydro-massage or even the two modalities, depending only on the age and physical condition of each pet. The fact that the exercises are performed in the water contribute significantly to the clinical improvement of the pets without the occurrence of the effects of the activities in the soil, such as the impact on the joints, the fatigue and the increase of the blood pressure.
Demonstrating positive results in cases of arthrosis, hip dysplasia, rupture of the knee ligaments, fractures, dislocations, obesity, neurological problems that lead to partial or total paralysis of the limbs and disc hernias, hydrotherapy has been assisting dogs of all sizes.
Younger animals, with lighter lesions and no weight problems, get quicker results, however, the elderly and animals with respiratory and cardiac problems also have satisfactory results, but in a longer time, they are less resistant to exercises, and then should be done with greater caution.
Some breeds are more likely to adapt to water, others may be more fearful, however, it is possible to use them over time. The frequency and intensity of swimming and hydromassage vary according to physical condition, age, weight and race. Each session lasts from 5 to 20 minutes, once or twice a week.
The main advantage of canine hydrotherapy in Northamptonshire is that the dog can move more easily and without impacts to the joints, since the activity is done in the water, in addition to the hydrostatic pressure of the warm water in the limbs of the animal serve as a massage, bringing comfort and relief to the pain.