We’re looking back at Treatment of arthritis in dogs, with the patient story of Bo. Who in April 2018 aged 11, suffers from arthritis and was referred for specialist hydrotherapy treatment at CS Hydro Physio. Two years later, Bo is happy and enjoying life, Bo’s mum Louise shares her story.
By Bo’s mum, Louise F
Treatment of arthritis in dogs, with the patient story of Bo. Bo is an 11-year-old Border Collie cross and has been visiting Auntie Caroline at CS Hydro Physio for a couple of years now to treat his arthritis. I cannot praise CS Hydro Physio and Caroline enough. The difference between Bo having hydrotherapy treatment and not is astounding. For about 9 weeks for several reasons we were unable to attend his swimming. He went severely downhill. Within two sessions of resuming hydrotherapy, he was back to his normal self and so much happier.
Caroline is now part of our pack – Bo loves her and cries to get into the pool with her. She is careful, thorough and really knows her stuff. Her pool is meticulously clean, the dogs are showered before and after the swim. She is always in the pool with the dogs, monitoring their progress and ensuring that they are exercised in the most appropriate way for their ailment. She is qualified, C.H.A. and NARCH approved and is always updating her knowledge and skills. Quite simply I wouldn’t go anywhere else. Highly recommended.
Veterinary Physiotherapist, Caroline said:
“When Bo arrived at CS Hydro Physio was had restricted movement due to arthritis. Hydrotherapy treatment helps Bo’s management of his condition.
The warm water loosens stiff muscles and reduce joint inflammation. The buoyancy of the water makes walking on the treadmill or swimming across the pool a zero-impact exercise, which means Bo can stretch out stiff muscles without the accompanying pain associated with bearing weight on the affected limbs. Bo is adorable Border Collie and I’m so pleased to see enjoying life again”
How does Hydrotherapy for Canine Arthritis Work?
Hydrotherapy for Canine Arthritis, as the name implies, is the use of water for treatment. Two types of hydrotherapy exist for treating arthritis: an underwater treadmill, where the dog benefits from the water’s resistance to walk on a moving belt beneath the water’s surface, and deep-end immersion, where the dog freely moves his or her legs to swim either in place or across the pool with the help of a therapist. This form of exercise has countless benefits for dogs suffering painful joint conditions.
The pools at CS Hydro Physio are generally heated to 90 – 100F and the warm water helps loosen stiff muscles and reduce joint inflammation. The buoyancy of the water makes walking on the treadmill or swimming across the pool a zero-impact exercise, which means the dog can stretch out stiff muscles without the accompanying pain associated with bearing weight on the affected limbs.
The resistance of the water helps strengthen and build muscles to support the surrounding joints, as well. Exercising in water can promote weight loss faster than dry-land activities, which can also ultimately benefit an arthritic dog. As weight loss occurs, less impact is placed on affected joints which leads to decreased pain.
In some instances, the dog is fitted in a special life vest or harness while a handler helps the dog move across the pool. Specially designed exercises will be performed that are specific to your dog’s condition. The hydrotherapy therapist will also be able to locate areas of swelling on your dog’s body and help flush the inflammation away with the help of the water.
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