Features December 2011 Issue

The Benefits of Hydrotherapy for Your Dog

Hampton, eight years old at the time of this photo, lived with Jennifer Offinga in Hillsboro, Oregon. In addition to performing with the “Superdogs” troupe in Canada, Hampton was a dependable flyball dog. The underwater treadmill increased his strength and stamina for the sport.

The Benefits of Hydrotherapy for Your Dog

Hydrotherapy can improve a dog’s balance, muscle tone, stamina, and strength, all without pounding or stress on his joints.

Whether swimming breeds or those that prefer to keep their feet dry, dogs of all ages have gotten stronger, decreased lameness, loosened tight muscles, increased coordination, improved balance, hastened healing, and increased stamina and flexibility with hydrotherapy. Because of its effectiveness, hydrotherapy, or water exercise, has become popular at veterinary clinics and canine rehabilitation centers.

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