Doggie Water Therapy

Dog wearing life vest.

Water is a non weight-bearing medium that allows injured, arthritic, or senior dogs to exercise without discomfort.

Your dog will benefit by having reduced muscular tension, stress and anxiety, increased range of motion, pain reduction, improved circulation and muscle tone.

Canine Conditions Treated  With Water Therapy

  • Arthritis
  • Obesity
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Strokes
  • Surgery recovery
  • Joint stiffness
  • Fractured pelvis
  • Senior dogs with joint problems
  • Extreme pain
  • Joint inflammation such as elbow and hip dysplasia
  • Degenerative nerve disease
  • Rebuilding muscle
  • Prevents euthanasia

How To Choose A Facility

  • Get a referral from your veterinarian.
  • Ask for a tour of the facility.  Find out how often the pools are cleaned, what chemicals are used, and whether vaccinations are required.
  • Be sure the handlers and staff are licensed in canine water rehab therapy.
  • Find out what type of equipment they use.
  • Inspect the facility for overall cleanliness.


The Association of Pet Water Therapists: This site will help you find a practitioner in your area. An excellent article about canine hydrotherapy from Purina. An informative article about what to expect from pet water therapy from an educational website for animal lovers. the first state-of-the art animal rehab center in New York City.

Copyright 2013 Irene Pastore and Blue Moon Personal Training

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