Hydrotherapy is the treatment of pets using the physical properties of water for therapeutic purposes. This can help manage and treat a range of symptoms associated with many orthopaedic and neurological conditions.
How can a water treadmill help rehabilitate my pet?
There are several advantages to using an underwater treadmill over swimming in a pool when rehabilitating animals. The therapist can control many factors including the depth of the water, the speed and incline of the treadmill, and even which legs your pet uses when exercising. This means the treatment they receive can be tailored to target specific areas.
What are the benefits for my pet?
Exercising on the underwater treadmill encourages a normal gait pattern, which is often the aim if your pet has been limping or not weight-bearing due to injury, disease or surgery.
The underwater treadmill can also make hydrotherapy accessible for those pets who are fearful of water; as they walk into a dry tank and the water fills gently from the bottom. Most pets tolerate this exceptionally well as their feet are always firmly on a solid surface.
What can hydrotherapy be used to treat?
There are a range of conditions that would benefit from hydrotherapy, some of these are;
- Conservative management of cruciate disease
- Post-Surgical rehabilitation
- Hip and Elbow dysplasia