Benefits of Hydrotherapy for Dogs
Hydrotherapy for dogs via an aquatic treadmill can be used
in the treatment of arthritis, cardiovascular conditions,
orthopedic conditions, muscle development, ligament and
many other types of injury. The hydrotherapy also helps
with general convalescence, obesity and fitness training.
Water in the canine aquatic treadmill creates buoyancy
that displaces approximately 40 % of body weight. This helps
in reducing stress on joints while minimizing pain and allows
easier movement and extended range of motion for stiff joints
and provides exercise.
Hydrostatic pressure applied by water can assist in lowering
swelling and causing a body fluid movement away from affected
areas rather than towards it. This is increased by exercising
the limb to enhance circulation.
Contact with the treadmill surface and the thrust of working
against water allows sufficient concussion promoting bone
density and encouraging muscle development.
Warm water relaxes muscles by initiating an expansion of
surface blood vessels and increasing the skin temperature;
this can bring about a reduction in pain and muscle spasm.
A decreased range of motion is often due to pain or swelling,
or stiffness. Stiffness can be eased as the warmth of the
water causes blood vessels to expand.
Aquatic jets are utilized in the tank to stimulate increased
blood flow and nerve development. The jets in the aquatic
treadmill system deliver a massaging action to the dog’s
limbs to ensure maximum benefits for rehabilitation and
conditioning of the dog.
- Pain Management
- Pre and Post Surgical Procedure effectiveness and healing
Aquatic Treadmill Conditioning
- Peak Performance
- Muscle Development
- Cardiovascular Development
Exercise Promotes Healthy Behavior
Whether chasing a ball in the yard or using
canine treadmills, exercise and play is vital in helping
dogs expend energy. Lack of physical exercise may cause
a dog to show destructive or aggressive tendencies often
resulting in the animal resorting to attention-seeking antics.
Just as surely as a person would benefit from a walk or
jog around the block, a dog is less likely to become listless
or adopt behavioral problems if they receive and adequate
amount of exercise.