Hydrotherapy for pets near me is the practice of using water to aid the strength of your pet and re-educate the limbs. Greenside provides regenerative treatment & rehabilitation.

Why Pets Receive Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy for pets near me is a practice that Greenside use to rehabilitate pets in recovery from surgery, those living with degenerative diseases or conditions that cause chronic pain. It’s also a great form of exercise for overweight dogs and improving fitness.

Common conditions treated by hydrotherapy for pets include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Ligament injuries
  • Muscle injuries
  • Spinal conditions
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Obesity

How Does the Treatment Work?

The process of hydrotherapy for pets near me aims to decrease the impact on areas of the body bearing weight. The water allows for a greater range of movement in the joints, reducing pain within stiff joints that may otherwise strain for mobility when bearing full weight.

As an alternative to medication for pain management, hydrotherapy for pets near me motivates slowly moving the limbs underwater, encouraging the injured or stiff areas of the body to rehabilitate. Once your pet gets their limbs moving, the exercise warms the body, relaxing the muscles and improving flexibility; increased circulation aids the healing process too as it reduces inflammation.

With regular sessions in hydrotherapy, your pet will build their muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness which together improve their recovery and overall health.

Referral for Hydrotherapy for Pets Near Mehydrotherapy 03

A veterinarian must refer a pet for hydrotherapy before any sessions can take place.

To facilitate this process, our clinic provides referral forms that can be easily accessed online or sent directly to the veterinary practice. These forms must be completed and signed by the animal's existing veterinarian to ensure that the treatment is appropriate for the specific needs of the animal. By obtaining a referral from a veterinarian, the hydro therapist can work in collaboration with the veterinary team to provide the best possible care for the animal.

In the initial hydrotherapy consultation, the therapist will perform a comprehensive assessment of the animal's musculoskeletal system by conducting both static and dynamic evaluations. This involves a thorough examination of the muscles and joints, as well as observing the animal's gait, stride lengths, and joint flexibility. Follow-up sessions will continue to assess your pet’s condition and improvement, tailoring their programme to how they respond. 

Diagnostic Hydrotherapy

Your vet may have referred your pet to hydrotherapy for diagnostics. Walking underwater could reveal a problem or the location of your dog’s pain. With a more exaggerated walk, a therapist can determine the best cause of action for treatment.

Our Underwater Treadmill: how it’s used

Whether your pet is coming to hydrotherapy for post-surgical rehabilitation, non-surgical, or other reasons, your furry friends will benefit from our specialist equipment and rehabilitation centre.

The depth of the water in a tank will be altered depending on the preferred weight needed for the process and the speed of the treadmill can increase as your pet gradually recovers. If your pet has had a lack of exercise due to their condition, then the underwater treadmill offers them more manageable physical activity and will assist their mental well-being too.

For pets needing to lose a little weight, hydrotherapy for pets near me will gradually increase the time spent and the pace at which they walk to get them into better shape. Similarly, our treadmill is good for conditioning canine athletes. Increasing muscle mass and enduring exercise underwater can aid the fitness of working dogs and competing canines.

Hydrotherapy Alongside Other Regenerative Treatments

Hydrotherapy is commonly used alongside other forms of regenerative therapies or medicinal pain relief. Hydrotherapy and physiotherapy can work hand in hand to address pain and find alternatives for relief that steroids and anti-inflammatory medicines may not deliver. Greenside offers multiple regenerative treatment services including:

Read our case studies to learn more about how our services and therapies have supported clients and benefitted pets living with chronic pain or injuries.

Contact us

Get in touch if you would like more information on hydrotherapy for pets near me. Greenside Regenerative Therapies & Rehabilitation is based in Melrose but we see patients from across Scotland and the UK requiring musculoskeletal diagnostics and regenerative therapies. For referrals, have your vet fill out our referral form online.


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