Treatment Name: Exercise: Aquatic Therapy

Treatment Type: Exercise and Fitness Activities

Rated for: American Eskimo Dog / Poodle Mix

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Jennifer Peters DVM DABVP canine and feline



Grass Valley, California, United States

Posted Jun. 10, 2018

Water therapy is excellent for orthopedic disease. The buoyancy decreases the stress on joints and encourages mobility that may be normally inhibited by pain. As dogs move with less pain then get better range and better muscle tone. Good muscle tone helps to protect joints.
It's important to do water therapy in a properly run rehabilitation facility if you want to get the best results. Water contamination of wounds is important to consider for post surgery patients.
For chronic care arthritis patients gentle swimming in a lake or river can be very helpful. It's important when swimming a dog on your own to make sure they are not pushed to the point of exhaustion because that can result in new injuries. There are quite a few options available, consult your veterinarian as to what might most benefit your pet and work for you.

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