Veterinarians agree that swimming is one of the best treatments for arthritis, hip dysplasia, back aches and post surgical recovery.
The process of swimming allows the body to achieve increased mobility in stiff and sore joints as well as building muscle mass around the affected areas. Muscle mass not only supports the joint but alleviates the grinding degeneration of the joint as well. Increased fitness is achieved without the high impact of other forms of exercise. The water offers a non-stressful medium while increasing range of motion.
Swimming is great, low-impact exercise. The buoyancy created by the water removes the weight and pressure that normal movement (out of the water) applies to a dog’s joints. This not only provides immediate pain and inflammation relief, but it also gives the muscles a chance to work more uninhabited, as the range of movement isn’t as hindered by your dog’s discomfort.
Swimming has benefits for dogs suffering from many conditions including but not limited to arthritis, CCL tears (and recovery from CCL surgery), hip dysplasia, degenerative myelopathy, and luxating patellas.
All dogs wear a flotation vest in the pool with a grip on the back. We can guide and support them every minute. And there is always a trained associate in the water with your dog. We use several gentle techniques to get him started swimming and swimming correctly from Day One. Most dogs end up loving it.
A hydraulic lift raises and lowers dogs into the water effortlessly. There are no slippery ramps or steps. And you can stay poolside, where you and your dog will see each other. (Sorry, but we can’t let you swim with your dog.)
Afterwards, we’ll towel-dry your dog and even blow the water off his coat. (Bring a towel for your car seat, though, as he’ll still be damp.) Swim sessions are 30 minutes, by appointment only.
Services and Fees
- A single dog half hour swim – $65.
- A half hour swim for two dogs – $80.
“Hydrotherapy has been a blessing for us”
“Shane runs up and down the stairs again, is happier, has much less pain and more strength.”
“Her quality of life improved dramatically”
“I know for a fact that the quality of Bebe’s life was drastically improved by her time in the pool. There were many days when she would barely be able to walk into the facility and after thirty minutes in the pool she would emerge feeling great and running! Thank you so very, very much.”
“She loves the water”
“Bailey has benefitted so much by swimming every week these past few months. It is so much fun to see her prancing around when I tell her we are going swimming.”
“She’s able to run again”
“Just a few short weeks ago I worried that Maud was nearing the end of her life. To see her chasing squirrels again brings tears of joy to my eyes…Thank you so much!”