Hydrotherapy can be used for recreation and conditioning and can also be a very effective form of rehabilitation.
Rehabilitating a dog with water has many benefits. One is decreased weight bearing through the joints, which reduces pain. In the water, gentle range of motion of all four limbs is accomplished and strengthening is provided by the water resistance. Neurological re-education for muscles occurs because they are used differently. There seems to be psychological benefits for the dogs that occurs because they are able to exercise without pain.
Frequency: Varies depending on the dog's endurance. The general goal is 30 minutes of sustained swimming or walking. 1x a week is usually effective, 2x a week more beneficial.
Benefits: Decreased joint stress, strengthening, neurological retraining, cardiovascular health, positive psychological effects.
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