Water Therapy for Pets

water therapy for dogs


Water therapy, also sometimes known as hydrotherapy, is a form of non-invasive treatment that uses water to induce a therapeutic effect. While it has been used for a long time in humans, it is now commonly being used for pets where it has been found to create the same physical and psychological benefits as it does in people.


We are delighted to be able to offer a comprehensive water therapy service to animals in and around our veterinary clinic in Roselle, NJ.


How Does Water Therapy Work?


Water therapy is a low impact type of exercise that is ideal for pets who have physical limitations which make regular exercise difficult – such as suffering from painful joints. Over time animals can increase their stamina, improve their fitness levels and enjoy better health thanks to the therapeutic effects associated with the use of hydrotherapy.


There are various different types of exercise that your pet can participate in within the water and what is recommended for him will be based on his individual needs. Some of the available forms of water therapy for pets include whirlpools, underwater treadmills, and swimming.


  • Some of the therapeutic benefits of water therapy for pets include:

  • Boosting circulation, enabling more oxygenated blood to reach organs and body systems, and improving the condition of your pet’s skin and coat.

  • Increased lymphatic drainage, helping to rid your pet’s body of toxins and improve his immune system.

  • Aids digestion, enabling your pet’s body to process nutrients more efficiently.

  • Makes weight management/loss possible in pets who are unable to undergo rigorous physical exercise.


What Happens During a Water Therapy Session?


Exactly what will happen during your pet’s water therapy session will depend on the reasons why he is undergoing this form of treatment. Some pets may need to work out in warm water as opposed to cool water. For example, warm water is recommended for loosening tight muscles and is more often used for therapy or recovery sessions. However, if the main goal of treatment is to give your pet some exercise, cooler water may be recommended. Swimming and underwater treadmills are two of the best ways to give your pet some exercise as they work the muscles without putting much stress on the joints.


Our experienced water therapy team will be able to advise you of the best type of water therapy for your pet and let you know what you can expect from his appointments.


How Many Sessions of Water Therapy Will My Pet Need?


Water therapy sessions are tailored to the individual needs of each pet. While we will be able to give you an indication of how many sessions your pet will need during your consultation, this is subject to how well your pet responds to the treatment.


What Issues Can Water Therapy Be Used to Treat?


Water therapy has been discovered to be extremely advantageous in the treatment of a number of different types of health problems in pets. These include the following:


  • Age-related mobility

  • Arthritis

  • Cruciate ligament rupture

  • Degenerative myelopathy

  • Elbow dysplasia

  • Hip dysplasia

  • Luxating patella

  • Obesity control in senior pets

  • Spinal injuries including fractures and disc ruptures

  • Spondylosis



If you would like more information about water therapy for pets, or if you would like to schedule a consultation appointment to see if your pet is a suitable candidate for this effective treatment, please get in touch with Elizabeth Veterinary Clinic in Roselle, NJ today by calling (908) 245-7853.