The benefits of swim therapy for your dog are innumerable. First, canine 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 dogs recovering from injury or surgery, older dogs with arthritis or mobility issues, paralyzed dogs, dogs with any form of dysplasia — basically, any dog in pain whether physical or emotional.
Second, the joy that dogs 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 dog that comes in to Two Hands Four Paws for swim therapy just once every two weeks can maintain the serotonin level of a puppy. This is especially beneficial for older dogs who may have become depressed due to pain, and lack of activity, dogs that suffer from anxiety, or behavioral issues, dogs that lack confidence and dogs who are recovering from surgery.
At Two Hands Four Paws, our therapists have conducted over 10,000 swim therapy sessions making them 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 dog rehab post surgery or injury. It helps alleviate the pain associated with many geriatric conditions such as arthritis and can also benefit dogs with hip and elbow dysplasia, ligament strains or sprains, and those suffering from anxiety or depression.
Call us today at 310-475-8555 to find out more about swim therapy at Two Hands Four Paws. And if you’re looking for an alternative form of exercise for your healthy dog who needs to expend some playful high energy, check out our Fun Swims.