Hydrotherapy
 
Who are we?
HydroVet opened in April 2003 and was London's first Hydrotherapy centre for dogs.
Our Hydrotherapist is a qualified and listed Veterinary Nurse and our support staff consists of a Veterinary Surgeon and a Chartered Veterinary Physiotherapist.
 
What is Hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy is an established form of Physiotherapy. It uses the natural buoyancy of the water to enable pain free movement of muscles and joints. Hydrotherapy can greatly improve the quality of life for pets with a variety of painful muscular or skeletal conditions. The benefits are not just medical, with less pain and stiffness, patients are happier and get more enjoyment from life.
   
Which conditions may benefit from Hydrotherapy?

Arthritis: Warm water supports the arthritic joints whilst pain free movement works to build muscle bulk. Increased strength cannot only get animals moving but also returns freedom and independence. The bony changes cannot be reversed but Hydrotherapy relieves the swelling, pain and stiffness using the natural properties of water.

Hip and Elbow Dysplasia: Pain free, gentle muscle strengthening improves the range of motion that supports these damaged joints. The buoyancy of the water protects joints and allows the animals to move freely with a natural gait. In cases treated early, symptoms can be reversed. Strong muscles can support the joints as bony changes become increasingly stiff and painful.

Surgical Cases: Rehabilitation speeds the recovery after orthopaedic surgery. The physical properties of water massage away any swelling and oedemas, which may occur after such surgery. Following a rest period after surgery or trauma, gentle water exercise returns limbs to normal function.

Spinal Injuries or Paralysis: Delicate patients are cushioned by the buoyancy of the water and can begin to move again without the strain of gravity. Improved coordination and function in water can restore mobility on land.

Degenerative Myelopathy: Strengthens hind limbs by re-training muscles, which due to the nature of this condition are under increasingly less neurological control. When immersed in water, limbs can safely return to a more normal function so that vital muscle structures do not weaken and waste. With Hydrotherapy, these patients can remain mobile for longer and benefit from improved quality of life.

Obesity: Low impact exercise protects vulnerable joints under increased stress. With Hydrotherapy even overweight animals can exercise safely as part of a weight-reduction programme. General fitness can be increased and cardio-vascular function is improved.