Animal rehabilitation can help your pet recover his strength and mobility after surgery or an injury. Hydrotherapy (water therapy) is a low-impact rehab treatment that uses the resistance of water to strengthen a dog’s muscles without creating undue pressure on the joints. At Valley Animal Rehabilitation in Montclair, we offer hydrotherapy treatment for dogs that have undergone surgery or are recovering from an injury. Let’s look at what you should know about hydrotherapy.
Types of Hydrotherapy
There are various ways hydrotherapy can be used to help dogs recuperate the full use of their muscles, ligaments, and joints after surgery or an injury. Here are just a few:
Underwater Treadmill – This therapy makes use of a treadmill encased in a waterproof plastic or glass chamber for the dog’s use. Once your pup enters the chamber, the door will be closed and the chamber will be filled with water, stopping when the water level reaches slightly above your dog’s legs. Your dog can then walk on the treadmill to strengthen his muscles and tissues without stressing his joints. This therapy is good for dogs that have joint problems or arthritis.
Whirlpool Therapy – This therapy is good for pain relief after a dog has had surgery. Your dog is placed in a harness and slowly lowered into a pool of warm water, similar to a jacuzzi. Once inside, jet streams are activated to gently massage your dog’s muscles and joints to ease pain and discomfort.
Dog Pools – Dog pools are used for swimming to help restore a dog’s mobility and range of motion after surgery or an injury. It is good for dogs suffering from joint disorders or arthritis. Your dog can wear a floater or be put in a harness if he is not keen on being in the water. Our rehab vet will also assist your dog to help him get the most from this treatment.
Conditions Aquatic Therapy Can Treat
Aquatic rehab for pets can be beneficial for:
• Treating neurological conditions
• Managing pain from osteoarthritis and hip dysplasia
• Helping pets recover mobility and range of motion after orthopedic procedures
• Helping dogs maintain good weight levels
The Benefits of Hydrotherapy for Pets
Hydrotherapy makes a good training tool for maximizing a working dog’s fitness. Exercise can be difficult for a pet suffering from joint issues or recovering from surgery or injury. Through aquatic therapy, your pet can start to move again with reduced pain, inflammation, and stiffness. Aquatic therapy can shorten your dog’s healing time so he can recover quicker from an injury and enjoy a full range of motion once again.
Visit Our Team in Montclair for Pet Rehabilitation
To learn more about hydrotherapy rehab or to schedule a consultation, contact Valley Animal Rehabilitation. Call our team today at (973) 509-5225 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.