We are delighted to announce the opening of our new Canine Hydrotherapy service. Dogs are now able to take a doggy paddle with a difference — as Tayside’s first hydrotherapy pool for pooches is now open. This will provide treatments for a range of canine ailments, including arthritis and obesity.
Our Practice Partner, Veterinary Surgeon Harvey Carruthers, explains how the demand for the service has grown in the area: “We treat so many dogs with arthritis, or injuries such as cruciate disease that we started to look for ways to improve the treatment on offer without just relying on medication. Hydrotherapy can provide rehabilitation, pain relief and controlled exercise – all under the guidance of trained vets and Canine Hydrotherapists. It can also help those older dogs that seldom get enjoyable exercise, or overweight dogs.”
If a dog sustains an injury, it only takes three days before its muscles can start to waste. If the dog has arthritis – a condition that active dogs are particularly susceptible to – it may shift its weight to other legs, which can cause further problems. Hydrotherapy can help to relieve this.”
Our canine hydrotherapy pool at Tay Valley Vets is the first fully sunken, easy access pool to be built by a private vet in Scotland. Canine hydrotherapy involves placing the dog into the pool and having them perform a number of exercises to help relieve pain associated with chronic conditions. It can also be used for surgical recovery and as a way to improve the general fitness of a dog.
Hydrotherapy has been a common treatment for horses for a number of centuries, but has only recently become popular for dogs. We are trying to move with the times, and our staff at the practice offer additional rehabilitation services such acupuncture, advanced pain relief and physiotherapy.
If you would like to find out more information, or to book an appointment, please call our friendly reception team on 01738 621415 today.