Hydrotherapy, or water therapy, uses the properties of water, such as buoyancy, viscosity, resistance, and hydrostatic pressure, to help dogs move and condition their body with less stress on the joints. When part of the dog’s body is submerged in the water, it provides buoyancy, so the dogs weight is supported. This is great for dogs that suffer from arthritis, obesity, post operative surgeries because it reduces stress on the joints and makes it comfortable for these dogs to exercise, allowing these animals to build muscle mass, regain healthy joint mobility and gain cardio health benefits, too.
Hydrotherapy is also beneficial for dogs who are recovering from an injury, degenerative joint disorders, and neurologic disorders. Also, the warm water is soothing and can help reduce joint swelling, which is an added benefit.