It is impossible to argue the transformative effects that technology has on everyday life. From communication to entertainment, travel to housing, technological advancements drive many important aspects of life. One of the most important areas that technology affects is healthcare. Medical advances can extend life and improve its quality. While most people understandably associate medical advances with human health, many medical improvements can benefit animals as well.
Some fairly new medical practices are being adopted for animals like dogs. It is important that the technology used to better the lives of humans is extended to pets as well, for they should be treated with the same love and care as any family member. One new practice that is becoming increasingly popular for dogs is hydrotherapy, or water therapy.
Hydrotherapy is an excellent method of safe and effective rehabilitation for a variety of issues. Using this technique for dogs is a burgeoning practice that first saw popularity in the UK, but now has seen greater interest in the US as well. While the vast majority of dogs that require hydrotherapy use it for healing broken bones, it can be an effective remedy for many other problems.
There are various specific practices involved in hydrotherapy. Most commonly, a session will feature the use of an underwater treadmill, heated pools, and swimming exercises. Trained therapists guide the sessions to ensure the safety of the dog. As well, these are often used in conjunction with “dry” therapies, like stretching and acupuncture.
Hydrotherapy has proven to be highly successful for both humans and animals like horses and dogs. As such, it is important to support organizations that work to provide these benefits to animals.
Effectiveness of Hydrotherapy
Although the vast majority of dogs who require hydrotherapy suffer from broken bones, many dogs use the therapy for more severe issues. Eddie Milo, for example, is a paralyzed pit bull who has begun hydrotherapy in order to return function to his hind legs. He has seen considerable success in the months that he has attended these therapy sessions at New York City’s Water4Dogs clinic. One day, it is hoped that he will be able to walk like normal.
Eddie’s journey is inspired by the success of other dogs who have used hydrotherapy. A notable case is the small dog named Max who was attacked by another dog. During the attack, Max suffered a spinal injury that paralyzed all four of his legs. After attending sessions at Water4Dogs, Max is now able to walk again.
There are plenty of other dogs who have seen similar success. It is not only dogs with paralysis or injuries who can benefit from the therapy, however. Plenty of older dogs who suffer from arthritis or other conditions can alleviate their symptoms and return to their happy, energetic selves with hydrotherapy.
Beneficial and Fun
While many dogs require an adjustment period to become accustomed to the therapy, employees at Water4Dogs have stated that just about every dog is excited when they see the water. Further, many of the owners have said that the dogs enjoy the treatment so much that they become excited before arriving, having memorized the route.
However, it is not just the dogs who enjoy hydrotherapy. The therapists themselves love seeing dogs return to their playful selves after healing with the treatment. It is a rewarding experience for the caring and passionate individuals who work at these clinics.
Hydrotherapy for dogs is a highly beneficial and effective way to treat a variety of health issues. However, it is not yet widely available. Increased community support is necessary to improve access to this wonderful resource. Clinics like Water4Dogs are already doing their part, offering discounts to rescues and closely working with shelters.
Eddie Milo, the paralyzed pit bull, is also doing his part. Through his highly popular social media presence, he is bringing many people along with him on his journey back to health and mobility.