Benefits for Dog Hydrotherapy in Garstang, Lancashire


We have found that young dogs with an early diagnosis of hip dysplasia noticeably improve using the underwater treadmill hydrotherapy. The forward controlled exercise, using the water as buoyancy works really well. It increases the muscle mass and improves the range of movement which appears to stabilise the hip joint.

Most dogs have twice weekly sessions for 3/4 weeks reducing to weekly sessions then eventually monthly maintenance sessions. The outcomes have been excellent with the dogs able to live normal lives with increased mobility and decreased pain.


Dogs which start hydrotherapy as soon as the wound is healed rehabilitate quicker, start to weight bear on the affected leg, therefore, preventing putting extra weight on the non-affected leg.


Dogs need to start hydrotherapy as soon as the veterinary surgeon recommends.

We often (for the first few sessions) need for one of us to get into the tank and assist with the dogs therapy, using a buoyancy aid and or body sling to encourage the dog to stand and use their hind legs.

We gradually decrease the use of 'the aid' until the dog is walking on its own. This usually requires 2 sessions a week for 3 to 4 weeks, then weekly for another 4 to 6 weeks.

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