The word Hydrotherapy originates from Greece and translates into water-healing it has been used and proven for thousands of years all over the world. It was originally used for humans but over the years has been just as successful on horses and dogs.
Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise using nearly every muscle in the anatomy. It allows the animal to exercise in non weight bearing environment which relieves pressure on joints reducing pain and encouraging a better range of joint movement. In conjunction with the warm water, helps to promote circulation and increases the rate of recovery as the warm water and the hydrostatic pressure of the water can also have an analgesic (pain relief) and anti inflammatory effect.
Hydrotherapy can also play a vital role in improving a dogs mental well-being particularly following trauma, injury, surgery or when a dog is on restricted exercise. Being able to move freely in the water and have fun helps a dog's positive mental attitude which in turn helps promote recovery. This will also help owners when their dogs are convalescing or unable to exercise normally.
There are many conditions that hydrotherapy can help with; Pre and Post Operative Conditioning, Arthritis, Hip Dyspasia, CDRM (Chronic Degenerative Radiculmyelopathy, Spinal Injuries, Recovery from Fractures and Neurological Damage, Cruciate Ligament Injuries and Post Operative Recovery, Muscle Strengthening, Maintenance and Restoration, Relief of Pain, Swelling and Stiffness, Relaxation of Muscle Spasm, Cardio Vascular Fitness, Weight Loss in Conjunction with Diet, Mental Well-being and Fun.
At Pampurr Your Pets we offer rehabilitation, fun and fitness swims, weight loss and aqua puppy swims. All treatments will be in a larger than average warm water pool, underwater pictures can be taken whilst dogs are in the water, these will then be reported back vets.
All patients need a referral from their Veterinary Surgeon whether it is for a specific condition or just for fun, we will not swim any dog without this consent. Nearly all vets are in supportive of hydrotherapy and willing give consent. You can contact us for a form and we will either email it to you or send by post or feel free to pick up from our center.