Canine Hydrotherapy

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An effective approach to canine fitness and recovery

Get your pet up and running faster with hydrotherapy

We are delighted to announce the introduction of a canine underwater treadmill to Bowen For All Walks Of Life.

Our underwater treadmill provides low impact exercise for dogs, ideal for rehabilitation as well as improving fitness and tackling weight issues while movement is restricted.

Suitable for dogs recovering from a variety of injuries and surgeries, the underwater treadmill allows dogs to walk while the buoyancy of the water greatly reduces loading placed on painful or healing structures.

Precise control of speed, exercise intensity, water depth and temperature, means exercise can be tailored to suit each individual patient. Progressions can be made easily and gradually through increases in speed, exercise duration and alterations to water depth, or by adding floatation devices.

Activity can be progressed from extremely gentle for older and frailer patients to a challenging workout, making it suitable for dogs of all shapes, sizes and ages.

With adjustable water temperature and levels, our treadmill has been constructed to our specific requirements and is focussed on providing an enjoyable, physically therapeutic experience for every dog.


Faster recovery, better range of motion

Pets that receive hydrotherapy as part of their rehabilitation program demonstrate quicker recovery and return to function compared to those receiving a home exercise program alone.

Research shows that underwater treadmill therapy can speed muscle strengthening and improve joint range of motion in dogs following surgery.

Benefits can be gained in as little as 1-2 sessions per week.


Why choose us for your dog's hydrotherapy?

We are experienced and fully qualified in providing hydrotherapy services for dogs with various conditions and we have extensive experience in assessing, treating and handling dogs of all ages and stages.

Programs are devised specifically for your pet’s individual needs and stages of healing, to help meet their goals faster.

Your pet deserves to exercise in water maintained at the highest standards, and to receive treatment provided by an experienced therapist.

We are trained in water quality maintenance. In conjunction with computer controlled water sanitisation, we also hand test and treat the water twice daily to ensure it stays super clean.

Regular reassessments are part of our service - we need to ensure your pet is progressing as they should. We are able to identify if they are not progressing as well as we would like and can alter their program to suit their recovery or will recommend referral back to your vet or a physiotherapist if required.


Hydrotherapy provides significant benefits for dogs

  • Improved recovery time from injury
  • Improved post operative care
  • Improved health and wellbeing
  • Improved cardiovascular performance
  • Accelerated strengthening and growth of muscle
  • Improved weight bearing
  • Shorter rehabilitation time and faster return to function
  • Improved fitness while exercise is restricted.

The care and welfare of your companion is our primary consideration. Hydrotherapy is an extremely effective therapy, but does not replace veterinary treatment. Dogs post operative, with severe underlying health issues/conditions will not be accepted without veterinary clearance.


Qualifications

Marie holds a Certificate in Canine Rehabilitation and a Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy in addition to her other canine and human therapy qualifications.

She has completed her training with Dogs in Motion in Victoria, under the tutelage of Michelle Monk, Animal Physiotherapist.

Every treadmill session is personally conducted by Marie, so you can be sure your dog is receiving the best possible workout, within their personal capabilities.