Veterinary Rehabilitation and Hydrotherapy


Swimming is an excellent form of exercise because most of the muscles normally used in movement are involved – without the stresses caused by motion on hard ground. On land, each footfall creates a shock wave which travels up the limb and is absorbed by bones, tendons and joints. While these stresses are necessary to maintain healthy strong bone, if they are severe or overly repetitive, they can actually damage or weaken the limb.

Hydrotherapy in warm water helps to:

  • Increase range of movement around painful joints
  • Improve muscular strength and tone
  • Improve limb proprioception and coordination
  • Improve balance
  • Improve general fitness and cardiovascular stamina

Because it’s a form of exercise in reduced-weight conditions, it can enhance recovery following injury or surgery. It can also be helpful in the management of arthritic joints and obesity.

Kennel & Paddock’s hydrotherapy work is by veterinary referral and we liaise closely with the referring practice to ensure continuity of care.

Conditions that can be treated using hydrotherapy

  • Relief of pain, swelling and stiffness
  • Cruciate Ligament injuries and post-operative recovery
  • Hip dysplasia – especially useful for young dogs who are restricted to lead exercise
  • Elbow dysplasia – especially useful for young dogs who are restricted to lead exercise
  • Arthritis – reduced pain and increased mobility
  • Pre and post-operative conditioning by muscle strengthening maintenance and restoration
  • Spinal injuries
  • CDRM – chronic degenerative radiculomyelopathy
  • Recovering from injuries – soft tissue and neurological damage
  • Cardiovascular fitness (heart and lungs)
  • Obesity (weight loss in conjunction with diet)
  • Mental wellbeing
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