Winchester, VA Doggie Day Care

Hydrotherapy/Rehabilitation For Dogs

Ridgeside K9 Winchester VA Dog Hydrotherapy

Come enjoy our 51,000 gallon 24/7 indoor pool at Winchester, VA. Hydro-Therapy is a tailored private, one on one session with the handler and dog specifically designed to meet the needs of your dog. Hydro-Therapy is widely utilized to assist our canine companions when injuries have them sidelined from normal exercise. Swimming has always been the go-to for dogs with medical issues such as; cruciate ligament tears, orthopedic surgery, pre/post surgical conditioning, and arthritis. Resistance of the water allows for dogs to exercise without the concussive effects of running or walking on the ground. Gravity is Real!

Your loved one is appropriately supervised and encouraged while he/she is guided through the tailored session. During these sessions, goals based upon his or her unique health history will be what the handler and dog are attempting to accomplish.

These Hydro-Therapy sessions are normally for dogs that do not necessarily enjoy swimming by themselves but are in need of the medical advantages that water exercise can afford them. Hydro-Therapy is Ridgeside K9’s hands on swim session allowing your loved one to reap the benefits of Hydro-Therapy under the watchful guidance of a professional.

Dr Arleigh Reynolds, a Veterinary Surgeon and Canine Physiologist stated; “It may surprise you to know that for a dog, 1 minutes’ swimming is equivalent to about 4 minutes of running.”

Once your dog has been taught how to swim, and more importantly how to get out of the pool; swimming can become not only fun for your dog but also addicting. Therefore the reward is doubled by having something your dog enjoys, while getting the best attributes from swimming. The resistance of water makes it more difficult for your dog to move verses the normal walking or running on land, therefore giving them the opportunity to work harder for shorter durations of time. Dogs will typically show improved muscular strength and tone, while working the cardio-vascular and respiratory systems, without the impact of concussive exercise on land and the associated damage that it may cause.

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