Warm water assisted swimming is an ideal form
of canine hydrothermal exercise.

The buoyancy effect of the water provides a gravity eliminated environment which improves movement of affected limbs. The circulating currents in our canine swim spa are created by sending a mixture of water and air through powerful jet nozzles. This energized stream of water relaxes muscles. Jetted whirlpools in paw-ticular are often used to help injured muscles and joints. They are also useful for edema (swelling) and are known to improve circulation.

Our canine swim-spa is equipped with twenty-nine jets which allow effective transfer of heat, increasing blood flow to the tissues.

The physical properties of warm water and the weightlessness are utilized to gain relaxation. An invitation for improved health follows.

There are three factors at work in our canine swim-spa. Heat, Buoyancy and Whirlpool jets:

  1. Immersion in our warm water swim spa raises the body temperature and causes the blood vessels to dilate, resulting in increased circulation.
  2. Buoyancy of the water reduces body weight by 90 percent, relieving pressure on joints and creating the relaxing sensation of weightlessness.
  3. Whirlpool and resistance swimming jets create warm circulating currents for the benefit of the canine client.

Hydrothermal exercise brings new awareness to the nervous system, creating positive changes in the body. When an animal is stressed the body is tight and the rest of the body is affected by this. By swimming in warm water the body is able to release tension enabling posture changes. Often after a swim session dogs are able to breathe more deeply, which helps a dog think and learn better. By incorporating TTouch work on the dog as the dogs body is partially emersed in the water new body awareness is brought to the dog’s nervous system so that the body can make positive changes. We look for a release of tension in the canine client so that the body can rebalance itself.

Hydrothermal exercise can be a great benefit to dogs

  1. Daily warm water swim sessions for paralyzed dogs will provide exercise for an otherwise immobile animal. It will encourage limb movement and stimulates urination and bowel movement. Improvements in strength and function of weak or paralyzed limbs often follow after swim sessions.
  2. Blood vessels are stimulated in warm water which promotes circulation. The increased movement in the water causes an increase of the blood flow to the affected tissues.
  3. Swimming encourages the development of muscles and mobility. It also helps the dog to maintain muscle strength and range of motion by eliminating forces of gravity.
  4. Warm water swimming assists joint movement, sometimes preventing further atrophy of the affected musculature of a limb during the healing process of neurological and musculoskeletal tissues.
  5. Hydrothermal exercises can maximize the post surgical recovery function of the canine client.
  6. Swimming most always provides wonderful positive psychological effects for dog and guardian alike.
  7. Swimming helps the athletic or working canine stay in peak condition.
  8. Swimming eliminates boredom and offers indoor exercise for days that you can’t exercise your friend outside due to weather conditions.
  9. swimming is a wonderful overall relaxant that stimulates the immune system.
  10. Canine swimming may modify behavior problems caused by anxiety, depression and boredom.
  11. Swimming for the senior pet is a wonderful form of cardiovascular activity. Older dogs slow down, and have a tendency to breathe more shallowly getting less oxygen to the blood. Swim sessions as part of a regular exercise program are a great way to maintain mobility and fitness levels in the senior citizen.
  12. Cancer patients benefit from a swimming program. Hydrothermal exercise generates hydrogen peroxide. Added benefits result in high concentrations of oxygen in the body. The increase of circulation allows the immune cells to reach the cancer. The general benefits may include a feeling of well being and increased appetite, with a possible raise in the pain threshold.

More conventional uses of canine warm water swimming include

The arthritis foundation states that, “Soaking in water allows muscles to become relaxed which enables one to perform range of motions exercises and to carry out daily tasks with less pain and strain.” This works on a similar basis for canines.
Muscle disorders, diabetes and other diseases that impair circulation, back pain, musculoskeletal injuries and soft tissue injuries will also benefit from swim sessions, as well as the canine with hip or elbow dysplasia.

Pre surgery swimming is a great way to familiarize your dog to the swim programs here at Pampered Paw Swim Spa. Once your dog is familiar with the swim spa and swimming routine it is easier to continue swimming post surgery.

 

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