Hydrotherapy is an excellent form of non-weight-bearing exercise can improve cardiovascular fitness steadily and quickly. Whether the dog has suffered injury, endured surgery or is just generally unfit for a variety of reasons, hydrotherapy can be of great benefit. When exercise has been restricted, hydrotherapy is ideal as a gently way to increase fitness quickly and safely.
Some cardiac or respiratory problems or chest injuries may make hydrotherapy inadvisable. We need to be particularly careful to not only obtain veterinary permission to swim but to discuss fully a dog’s condition and the treatment considerations in each case.