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Hydrotherapy for Dogs


Hydrotherapy is a form of water therapy directed at the treatment of chronic conditions, obesity and weight loss, post-operative recovery, and pre-operative or general fitness in dogs. If you have a sporting dog, hydrotherapy can be used to supplement their training or during the winter months when weather conditions prohibit outdoor exercise.

If your best friend needs a boost for their health, or if you are looking for fitness for dogs, please contact us for more information.

Dog doing Physical Therapy in Hydrotherapy Tub
Forrest had two torn ACLs. After surgery on one, he came to hydrotherapy to recover. Hydrotherapy is not only helping Forrest recover, but gain strength and muscle mass for his second ACL surgery. What a brave boy!
Charlie and Mom
Charlie came to us for post-op recovery. Hydrotherapy is helping him recover from ACL surgery.
Dog Doing Rehabilitation in Hydrotherapy Tub

What can hydrotherapy do?

Dog Recovery in Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy is a form of water therapy directed at the treatment of chronic conditions, post-operative recovery, and pre-operative or general fitness in dogs.

Hydrotherapy is beneficial for:

  • Post-operative recovery from orthopedic procedures

  • Dogs with neurological conditions

  • Pets suffering from painful osteoarthritis

  • Dogs dealing with pain due to hip dysplasia

  • Metabolic conditions such as Cushing’s and diabetes can result in muscle atrophy

  • Paralyzed dogs

  • Helping overweight or obese pets get the exercise they need to lose weight

  • Hydrotherapy can also be used as a training tool to help dogs reach optimal fitness levels.

How does it work?

Hydrotherapy in Progress
Hydrotherapy Exercise for Dogs

Hydrotherapy for dogs is a low-impact treatment that can help improve your pup's strength, range of motion, and endurance. The buoyancy properties of water minimize weight-bearing stress on the joints, which helps prevent tissue injuries, inflammation, and pain. The buoyancy in the treadmill alleviates about 60% of your dog's body weight, which reduces stress on joints, minimizes pain, and allows for a better range of motion. The gentle compression applied by the surrounding water can reduce inflammation and stabilize joints. The water temperature is between 85-95 degrees, so it relaxes muscles and improves circulation. Because of the resistance created by the water, regular use results in a rapid increase in muscle mass!

Our state-of-the-art underwater treadmill has the ability to vary water depths and walking speeds to tailor therapy specific to each patient. This allows us to modify the intensity of each session as your pup progresses through the therapy sessions. Our treadmill has jets that turn on and off as needed, an incline adjustment feature for a more intense workout and the tub can also be used as a swim tank for some patients such as working, arthritic, obese or professional sporting dogs. Our underwater treadmill can accommodate dogs of all sizes.

View the video for a demonstration of how hydrotherapy works.

Most dogs enjoy exercising in the warm water of the hydrotherapy tank, like Barkley! 

Barkley came to us with elbow dysplasia and was able to use hydrotherapy to completely avoid surgery and make a full recovery.

Good boy, Barkley!





15 min hydrotherapy session:
30 min hydrotherapy session:
30 min session w/resistance

jets & automatic incline:


We have a strict 24-hour cancellation policy with payment. Paperwork will be provided at your first session.


Approval from your veterinarian is required. Please fill out and return our approval form.

Proof of Rabies and DHLP vaccines and a Negative Fecal exam (within the last year).

Dogs with heart conditions such as heart murmur, lung disease, or that suffer from seizures are not permitted to do hydrotherapy.

To Schedule an Appointment

HYDROTHERAPY SESSIONS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please call 440-476-4130 to schedule.

Before Your Appointment

Before your pup's session please take your pup for a short walk so he/she can potty and please bring a couple of towels with you to help dry your dog off when they are done. 

Veterinarian approval is required for hydrotherapy. Please fill out and return the approval form.

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