Could hydrotherapy improve your dog’s mobility, muscle strength or weight loss?
We have an underwater treadmill at our Barnstaple veterinary hospital. The buoyancy of the water allows dogs to move more freely than they might otherwise do on land, builds up muscle mass, improves fitness and aids joint mobility.
Our hydrotherapy treadmill and swim jets can be used to:
Prior to beginning a course of hydrotherapy, dogs are examined by a vet to check their suitability. Assessments include consolidation of history, clinical signs, working diagnosis, expectations for individual patient, mobility assessment, muscle mass scoring, heart checks, body condition scoring and review of current land based exercise routine. Reports to referring vets where indicated.
Our team of qualified veterinary nurses carry out the sessions and continuously assess the needs and abilities of the individual patient to develop a programme that will be most beneficial. All patients are assessed within 3 weeks of commencing hydrotherapy and after every 10 sessions.