Dogs can benefit from water therapy when they have hip issues, are overweight and even post-surgery, with vet approval. Big dogs....small dogs...young dogs...old dogs, dogs who can or can't swim...it doesn't matter.
According to wikipedia, many conditions in dogs may be aggravated by or may show slow or no improvement as a result of weight bearing exercise. Obese dogs that need exercise may aggravate existing conditions or injure themselves due to the weight exerted on their joints.
Canine hydrotherapy may speed recovery after operations or slow the progression of degenerative conditions.
It provides support and allows the dog to continue to exercise its muscles while nerve regeneration is taking place.
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