The Benefits of Hydrotherapy

The benefits of swim therapy for your pet are innumerable. First, animal swim therapy is a great form of exercise. Since the water provides increased resistance, a 15 minute swim is the rough equivalent of a fast 15 minute run, but without the pounding so there’s little or no stress placed on the joints. Which makes it ideal for pets recovering from injury or surgery, older pets with arthritis or mobility issues, paralyzed pets, pets with any form of dysplasia — basically, any pet in pain whether physical or emotional.

Second, the joy that pets feel bouncing in the weightlessness of water combined with the physical activity of swimming acts like a massage, relaxing their tight muscles and releasing their endorphins. This not only serves as an analgesic since endorphins are the body’s natural pain killers, but it also increases your pet’s serotonin level. Which makes them happier. Which makes you happier. A pet that comes in to Scuba Sam’s for swim therapy just once every two weeks can maintain the serotonin level of a small pet. This is especially beneficial for older pets who may have become depressed due to pain, and lack of activity, pets that suffer from anxiety, or behavioral issues, pets that lack confidence and pets who are recovering from surgery. 

At Scuba Sam’s, our therapists have conducted thousands of swim therapy sessions making them one of the most experienced in the country. They believe in swim therapy because it improves fitness, and stamina. It increases strength in both the front, and back limbs. It’s great for weight loss and weight maintenance. It’s a crucial component of pet rehab post surgery or injury. It helps alleviate the pain associated with many geriatric conditions such as arthritis and can also benefit pets with hip and elbow dysplasia, ligament strains or sprains, and those suffering from anxiety or depression.

Underwater Treadmill

The underwater treadmill has proven to be so effective in treating a wide range of problems from post surgery pain to muscle weakness in older pets that Scubasams now owns two of these amazing machines. The benefits are similar to those derived from swim therapy, but with a few major differences.

The underwater treadmill focuses on the walking gait making it ideal for pets with a neurological or spinal injury who literally needs to relearn how to walk. In addition, there are more variables that can be adjusted in the underwater treadmill such as the water height, speed of the treadmill, and the walking direction which makes the treatment more predictable and allows the therapist more control. This is especially ideal for pets with paralysis, or those recovering from surgery such as ACL surgery.

Less stressful on the joints than the land treadmill, the underwater treadmill is great for older pets who need to build up their rear end strength, and/or recover confidence walking. It’s an amazing cardiovascular exercise for any pet and, due to the therapist’s ability to adjust so many variables, the underwater treadmill will continue to challenge your pet as he or she regains strength. It’s also non-weight bearing so it’s great for pets with any kind of dysplasia or joint pain.


Please contact us at 469-347-3748 to find out more about our amazing small animal hydrotherapy services!

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