How can hydrotherapy help my dog?

Hydrotherapy is a method of rehabilitation performed in warm sanitised water and a safe environment. At Top Dogs Canine Centre in Lucan, Amie works with dogs that have been diagnosed with musculoskeletal, neurological and orthopaedic conditions in an underwater treadmill to restore movement, strength and function. Depending on the needs of your dog, hydrotherapy can be used to support body weight, decrease joint loading, maximise joint range of movement, stimulate sensory input, provide resistance and challenge fitness. Hydrotherapy draws on the therapeutic properties of water to encourage natural balanced motion in your dog.

Exercising in the warm water means your dog’s dog weight is supported which will decrease the impact through the joints and maximise joint range of motion. Additionally, hydrotherapy stimulates sensory input to the soft tissues, provides resistance and challenges fitness.

When might hydrotherapy be beneficial for my dog?

Hydrotherapy may benefit your dog if they have:

  • Sustained a musculoskeletal injury.
  • Been diagnosed with an orthopaedic or neurological condition.
  • Undergone surgery for an orthopaedic or neurological condition.
  • Demonstrated signs of pain such as difficulty performing normal activities like eating and drinking, avoiding play, unwillingness to go for a walk or seeming unable to rest comfortably.
  • Significant fitness requirements, for example an athletic or working dog.
  • Increased exercise needs for weight management plans.

Please click here to download the veterinary referral form.

Please read below for Conditions of Hydrotherapy.

What happens at an appointment?

Our hydrotherapy clinic is situated at Top Dogs Canine Centre in Lucan. A veterinary referral will need to be completed by your primary registered vet or specialist referral hospital before the initial appointment.

An initial assessment will start with a chat about your dog’s history to get to know them a bit better. Depending on your dog’s condition, Amie may assess how they move, check their joint range of movement, assess their strength and balance and palpate for soft tissue pain. After a full assessment, a treatment plan tailored to your dog’s needs will be discussed with you.

Conditions of Hydrotherapy

To ensure safe and effective hydrotherapy it is important that owners adhere to the following conditions:

  • Please give at least twenty four hours notice if cancelling or changing an appointment. Your dog’s appointment time has been kept exclusively for them.
  • A completed veterinary referral form is required when beginning hydrotherapy.
  • Ensure your dog has not eaten at least two hours prior to treatment and do not feed them for at least two hours after hydrotherapy.
  • Allow your dog to go to the toilet prior to hydrotherapy. If your dog goes to the toilet or vomits in the water the session will be ended and full price will be charged.
  • Ensure your dog is clean when attending hydrotherapy.
  • Do not bring dogs with vomiting, diarrhea or infectious conditions to hydrotherapy.
  • Do not bring female dogs in heat for hydrotherapy.
  • Dogs attending hydrotherapy must be up to date with vaccinations.