For some of my clients, I recommend that they take their dogs to hydrotherapy. Sometimes I recommend a water treadmill and, other times, a swimming pool is better.
And with some owners, it seems they are reluctant to give it a try. I think it is because they question whether hydrotherapy for dogs is a ‘real’ thing or they just can’t imagine their dog doing it.
Today, I took Izzy swimming for the first time. (My previous dog, Daisy, who passed away in 2014, was a regular at the pool for almost the last two years of her life).
Here is Izzy at the Dog Swim Spa. The lifejacket gave her support and confidence and she did very well.
We are going to make it to the pool at least 3-4 times per year and will increase the frequency of visits as she ages and depending on her physical condition. It is good variety for her fitness regime at the moment plus these visits will serve as added enrichment.
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand