The Dog Paddle - Canine Swimming Pool
The Dog Paddle Canine Rehabilitation Centre opened in 2000 and is conveniently co-located with our practice. It was the first canine swimming pool to open in Perth and provides a range of aquatic services from fun swimming lessons through to physical rehabilitation.
Their experienced hydrotherapy team pride themselves in providing the utmost care to dogs, who may be suffering from a number of health problems including weight management, muscle development, injury prevention, pain management, physical rehabilitation, post-surgical care and arthritis.
Swimming activities suit dogs of all ages, as it’s not a weight-bearing exercise, so is helpful for older dogs too (who may need extra support). The pool has been specially designed so that they can walk next to your dog in shallow water, letting them slowly get used to the process, while wearing a safe dog life jacket.
In addition to this, they also have an innovative canine hydrotherapy treadmill, which is specially designed to increase buoyancy, providing low impact activities for your dog for pain relief, treating illness and even fitness training.
Benefits of rehabilitation
- Returning quality of life to a patient
- Improved mobility
- Pain reduction
- Prevention of further injury or discomfort
- A gentle all full-body massage aids circulation and assists in tissue repair and pain relief.
Passive range of motion techniques
- These are used to improve motion of joints after surgery or in patients afflicted with chronic conditions.
Therapeutic strengthening exercises
- Enable improved active pain-free range of motion, muscle mass and muscle strength and return to pre-injury mobility.
- Non-weight bearing exercise aids in the rehabilitation of weak muscles and painful joints. An all over body workout reconditions and builds patient confidence.
- Initially non-weight bearing conditions are treated with swimming, as the floatation supports the entire body weight and the limbs move freely. Once weight bearing function improves treadmill sessions can start. The water level is progressively lowered, reducing the degree of support the water supplies. As confidence and capability returns to the affected limb, the water then provides resistance and exaggerates the gait to increase flexibility and range of movement.
Hydrotherapy sessions can assist with:
- Post-orthopaedic surgery
- Hip dysplasia
- Spinal injuries
- Soft tissue and joint injuries
- Muscle weakness
- Weight management
If your dog is suffering from a specific injury or has recently received surgery, you will need to provide The Dog Paddle with a veterinary referral form (available here).
After booking a suitability assessment with our hydrotherapy team, they will be able to determine a custom rehabilitation program, tailored to your pet's specific health needs.