The Benefits Of Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy has many beneficial effects on your dog including:

  • Relief of pain, swelling & stiffness
  • Muscle strengthening and maintenance.
  • Alleviating muscle spasm.
  • Increased range of motion in joints
  • Improved circulation
  • Cardiovascular fitness (heart & lungs)
  • Increased tissue healing
  • Increased speed of recovery

Dogs love swimming so hydrotherapy can be a fun but vital part of a fitness or rehabilitation regime following illness, injury or surgery.

Swimming is great exercise which tones most of the major muscle groups and improves the general overall fitness of the dog.

Movement in water is more difficult due to its resistance, so by encouraging pain free limb movement, muscle bulk improves dramatically, while the buoyancy of the water helps
stiff joints into a further range of movement.

Dogs will cope quite happily with hydrotherapy as a form of exercise. For the welfare and safety of your dog we liaise with your Vet prior to commencing hydrotherapy to obtain all the clinical history, medication and condition, so we can devise a suitable programme for your dog that he can enjoy and make excellent progress. Feedback and progress is also given to the vets.

There are a number of conditions for which hydrotherapy can be a useful and effective treatment. Hydrotherapy benefits:-

All dogs will receive a health check before they swim. Our digital scales and “Ideal Weight” Chart will let you keep a check on your dog’s weight and progress.

Dogs will be showered before and after their swim. We use a blaster to remove excess water from the dog’s coat. Nervous dogs will be towel dried.

Pawz Hydrotherapy & Rehabilitation Centre is committed to providing a clean, safe and friendly environment for all dogs to enjoy good health and fitness and help give your dog a better quality of life.

For more details of the following conditions please visit our special information pages :

Degenerative Radiculomyelopathy

Cruciate Ligament Rupture



Hip Dysplasia

Elbow Dysplasia


Patella Luxation