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.
Heartworm Disease in Dogs is a Serious Matter
Heartworms are parasites that are transmitted by mosquitoes. These worms live in the heart and they will cause damage to the heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys which can ultimately lead to the death of your pet. There is a treatment for heartworms, but it is both dangerous and expensive. We can easily test your dog for heartworm disease and start them on a safe inexpensive preventative, to keep your dog happy and heartworm free.
Heartworms can Affect Cats Too!
Heartworm disease in cats is very different than dogs. With dogs, their illness usually correlates with larger amount of worms, whereas with cats they can actually die from just one worm! Mosquitoes transmit the heartworms to cats and some cat’s immune systems can actually destroy the worms without the cat ever showing signs. The problem is that sometimes the death of just one heartworm can trigger an anaphylactic episode that can lead to the sudden acute death of a cat. Studies show that even if your cat is strictly indoors they are being exposed to heartworm infected mosquitoes. Don’t let this happen to your cat- heartworm disease is easily prevented with an inexpensive monthly medication.