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This is a difficult period to manage as you’ll need to take great care in ensuring your dog doesn’t over do it and cause further damage, whilst adapting an exercise regime to either maintain or develop your dog’s fitness level, subject to the type of condition it’s suffering from.
Hydrotherapy is widely recognised as a complimentary therapy by the veterinary profession and can be of great benefit in the treatment of many medical conditions including arthritic, orthopaedic and neurological conditions as well as muscle, ligament and other soft tissue injuries. It can also help with general convalescence and fitness.
If the problem is muscular or skeletal, your dog may well try and protect the affected area by overcompensating on other parts of the body. This in itself can lead to additional problems such as extra load bearing pressure on joints, abnormal movement placing additional strain on muscles, ligaments and tendons, as well as muscle wastage in the affected area (which actually begins around day 3 of immobilisation).
Your dog’s fitness level will also deteriorate quite rapidly.
Hydrotherapy is a great way to improve mobility and rebuild or maintain muscle mass without your dog having to bear weight on the affected area, allowing your dog to exercise fully, maintain fitness levels and increase it’s natural range of motion more quickly, in a safe and controlled environment.
Hydrotherapy can help to speed up the post operative recovery process or conservatively manage a condition, slowing down the progression of a degenerative condition if non operable.