Hydrotherapy for dogs can help alleviate some of the pain from chronic and acute injuries. If your furry friend suffers from mobility problems, Tampa Bay K9 Rehabilitation Centers provides canine hydrotherapy solutions to get your pal moving again.

Hydrotherapy or Water Therapy

Includes any activities that occur in water. When it comes to hydrotherapy for dogs, underwater treadmill exercises have the most benefit over swimming for the following reasons:

  1. Allows for controlling how much weight a pet puts on its injured area by adjusting the level of the water column.
  2. Injuries heal best when forces are placed on them. Gravity allows for “joint loading” in a controlled manner when performed in an underwater treadmill.
  3. Hydrostatic pressure acts as a compression to the injured site.

Any number of conditions can lead to mobility problems for your pet:

  • Chronic degenerative conditions
  • Surgery
  • Accidents and injuries
  • Age
  • Obesity

Just as with people, our animal friends can become trapped in a cycle of immobility. Exercise is often the best approach to recovery, but exercise can be difficult and painful. As activity decreases, the condition worsens, and exercise becomes even more painful. Hydrotherapy for dogs provides comfortable, supportive therapy that will help your pet regain lost flexibility and strength.

Hydrotherapy for dogs allows your companion to rebuild muscle tone in a safe and reduced pain environment. At Tampa Bay K9 Rehabilitation Center, our underwater treadmill offers both buoyancy and hydrostatic pressure to support joints. The fluid resistance provided by the water helps tone and rebuild muscle so your buddy can strengthen and heal.

Swim Tanks

Our swim tank will give your best friend a safe, temperature-controlled pool for a vigorous swim. Don’t simply assume that you have to watch you pet slow down as he or she ages. We are delighted to see many of our older patients perk up and exercise vigorously, once the pressure on their joints is alleviated. Hydrotherapy for dogs, either swimming or exercise on the underwater treadmill, can reduce the progress of many degenerative conditions.

Hydrotherapy for dogs is a fun activity that gives your canine pal a wide range of benefits that extend beyond the actual therapy session:

  • Improved mobility
  • Reduced pain
  • Increased activity

Your companion can build muscle and lose weight with fun and challenging therapy exercises. In fact, as your pet achieves better muscle tone, painful joints are relieved of some of the burden they carry. With regular canine hydrotherapy, you will begin to notice a renewed vigor in older dogs and a return to normal activity for injured or post-surgical pets.

Since 2004, Dr. Mark C. Brown has been helping Central Florida pets recover their full range of motion. Located within Central Animal Hospital, our staff and facilities are well equipped to provide safe and effective therapies to restore mobility to canine companions of any age, breed, or size.

Hydrotherapy for Dogs

In addition to hydrotherapy for dogs, we offer state-of-the-art treatments for all pets with mobility issues, including:

  • Therapeutic laser — time-tested class 3B photobiostimulation. Be careful when someone suggests to you a class IV laser session. It is not the same.
  • Moist heat from our hydrocollator
  • Passive range of motion and stretching
  • Cavaletti rails
  • TheraBall
  • Massage
  • Activator adjustments

We keep up with all of the latest techniques and equipment to assure that not only does your furry pal enjoy his visit, but he also receives the maximum therapeutic benefit as well. Let us design an individualized treatment plan for your pet.

The Tampa Bay K9 Rehab Center Difference

We offer a wide range of therapeutic and rehab services in St. Petersburg for the entire Tampa Bay area. Stop by and let us introduce your pooch to our underwater treadmill or swim tank. We also offer the best dry-land exercise facilities for your pet, including stairs, ramps, and rails.

Dr. Brown and all of his dedicated team members are committed to utilizing the best equipment and the latest veterinary knowledge for the wellbeing of all of our clients. Dr. Brown is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner. He also received advanced specialized training through the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee.

Stop by our facility and let us show you how hydrotherapy for dogs can lead to a longer and happier life for your loyal pal. Most pet owners will go to almost any length to keep their pet happy and pain-free. Therefore, you can treat your pet right by checking out the high-quality services we offer at Tampa Bay K9 Rehab Center in St. Petersburg.

We are proud to specialize in hydrotherapy for dogs as well as canine rehab services. We’ll put a spring back in your pooch’s step! Contact us online or give us a call at 727-521-3518.