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Caissie Canine Instruction: Hydrotherapy for Dogs

We begin this week’s “RUFF TAILS” featuring a beautiful Dachshund Pug Boxer mix, named Dakota.

My family entered me into the summer give-away because they said I am super cute…….

My name was drawn, can you believe that!!!!! Thank you for my “swag”----

Time to strike a pose. HEE HEE.

Welcome to Doggie Dialogue:

Hydrotherapy is a form of occupational or physiotherapy that uses water resistance to help rehabilitate your dog’s injuries or relieve pain.

This type of rehabilitation provides a low impact, and soothing workout for dog patients.

Hydrotherapy uses the “buoyancy” of the water to help your dog move injured joints by taking stress off their joints as they recover.

There are different types of hydrotherapy, all using a variety of equipment and serving specific purposes. For example:


This hydrotherapy is a popular form for dogs with arthritis and/or joint pain. The treadmill is encased in a plastic/glass chamber, the door is shut, and water fills up the chamber to the level just above your dog’s legs. The treadmill starts slowly and your dog will begin to walk. This is a low-impact exercise, and takes away the stress of gravity.


This type of therapy is for dogs recovering from major surgeries. Your dog would be fastened into a harness and lowered slowly into the pool. The warm jet stream inside the whirlpool effectively massages your dog’s injured muscles.


This type of therapy targets certain parts of a dog’s body such as chest muscles, and shoulders.

Most of the time, your dog will wear a floater or harness, and will be accompanied by a therapist in the pool.

Hydrotherapy also helps with muscle strengthening and spasms, promotes blood circulation, offers tissue healing, and of course cardio vascular fitness.

Always consult your vet to help choose the right type of treatment that would best suit your dog’s recovery.

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