South Brandon Farm,
Brancepeth, Crook,
Co. Durham, DL15 9AT.

Mobile: (07854) 319 051


Physical rehabilitation, an integral part of the human injury recovery regime for decades, is now available to dogs that suffer from similar types of injuries and disabilities. With hydrotherapy, we can introduce therapeutic exercise post surgery much quicker than if land based only. Its value is the effect of the warmth and pressure of the water as well as the buoyancy provided.

How Does It Work?

The underlying principles of hydrotherapy depend on the physical properties of water to aid in the strengthening and re-education of the dogs limbs.

The buoyancy of water decreases the impact on weight-bearing areas of the body. This can reduce pain, allow a greater range of movement, and ease stiff joints.

The warmth of the water can increase flexibility, mobility and contractility of muscles by allowing them to relax. It also promotes circulation, which aids healing.

Hydrostatic forces of the water can help to reduce inflammation (swelling) of injured joints, therefore providing pain relief.

Resistance caused by your dog moving in water increases muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness (like aqua-aerobics).

Could Hydrotherapy Help My Dog?

Hydrotherapy can help with:
  • Post-operative rehabilitation - following orthopaedic surgery, e.g., fracture or ligament (TPLO cruciate) repair. It can be beneficial pre-operatively to introduce your dog to the water in preparation for post-operative therapy.
  • Skeletal and muscular disorders - e.g., hip and elbow dysplasia (especially young dogs on restricted exercise) and OCD.
  • CDRM (Chronic Degenerative Radiculomyelopathy) - Recovery from neurological conditions, e.g., following spinal surgery or disease, peripheral nerve injury, or long periods of cage rest.
  • Arthritis/Old Age - increases mobility and flexibility of affected joints and maintains fitness.
  • Weight reduction physical exercise in conjunction with a dietary programme prescribed by your dog's vet.
  • General Fitness and Stamina training - working dogs, racing dogs, agility and show dogs can all benefit from both the pool and underwater treadmill.
Durham K9 Hydro Rehabilitation Centre is a member of the National Association of Registered Canine Hydrotherapists. We will only treat dogs with a veterinary referral, even dogs swimming for fun and fitness. This is to make sure your dog has no conditions that may contraindicate hydrotherapy. We can fax a referral form to your vets for you as long as your dog has been seen by your vet in the last six months.



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