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PaddlePaws Hydrotherapy Pool at Morningside Kennels

Custom built and designed especially for dogs.                              
Although hydrotherapy is one of the oldest and most effective forms of therapy, canine hydrotherapy is a relatively new but rapidly growing area.  It is becoming more widely recognised as a valuable treatment not only for dogs recovering from surgery and injury but increasingly it is being proven that hydrotherapy can assist with a much wider range of conditions. 


  • Skeletal and muscular disorders
  • Muscle strengthening and restoration
  • Arthritis
  • Relief of pain and stiffness in older dogs  
  • Pre-operative conditioning
  • Post operative conditioning
The Principles of Hydrotherapy 

As in humans swimming is one of the best forms of exercise for dogs.  It involves most of the muscles used for movement without the stresses of weight bearing exercise.

The underlying principles depend on the physical properties of the water. 

  1. The warmth and buoyancy together with the resistance created by movement through water help strengthen and re-educate the limbs. 
  2. The warm water opens the blood vessels and increases circulation, the muscles are allowed to stretch giving a greater range of limb movement.
  3. The pressure of the water acts as an anti-inflammatory, reducing pain and swelling.

Hydrotherapy can also help with:

Weight reduction
As dogs grow older they can put on weight, as can spayed or castrated dogs.  Being over-weight can cause several health problems such as heart conditions and arthritis.Over weight dogs can also lose interest in life because they can't do the things they used to.
Swimming is the perfect answer, it allows your dog to exercise without their weight causing stress to joints, in conjunction with a recommended diet really does help to reduce weight.
Fitness & Stamina Building
Hydrotherapy can be used to improve and build stamina and strength for dogs involved in agility and other sports.  It can also be of great benefit to young dogs, particularly large breeds, who are not yet sufficiently developed for long periods of exercise but hyperactive without it.  A short swim gives the equivalent to several miles walking and running without the normal stresses on young limbs.
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