Canine Aquatics/Hydrotherapy

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Links canine aquatic

The Links Canine Aquatic Centre has been operating for several years now and has provided a huge amount of our client’s dogs with Hydrotherapy services for many ailments as well as simply fun and fitness. During our years as German shepherd breeders and from our time competing in the show ring, we have long since known the many benefits of Hydrotherapy and Treadmill work for any dog. Your dog’s first few initial visits will be assisted by our trained handlers entering the pool with your dog to aid their swimming. We are so pleased and excited to welcome you and your dog at The Links Pet Centre's Canine Aquatic Centre.

 

Benefits of Hydrotherapy

Rehabilitation/Post Op dogs

We look after a wide variety of breeds with a wide variety of problems from post or preventative Cruciate Ligament surgery, hip dysplasia, post fractures and general joint or muscular problems. Most dogs who have had some type of joint or muscular procedure generally need rehabilitation. It has been proven combined with the right medical advice from your vet or physiotherapist, swimming has been a tremendous benefit to help get your dog back to his/her best. It is always best to check with your vet or physiotherapist before commencing with a Hydrotherapy exercise regime.

Weight loss

A combination of exercise and a good diet will help your dog reach and maintain their appropriate weight range. Weight gain or overweight dogs are generally contributed to by an incorrect diet and lack of exercise. It's a great idea to check with your vet about your dog’s weight and condition to see if your dog is within its healthy weight range. Dogs that are overweight do have increased pressure on their joints and muscles. The benefit of Hydrotherapy as a form of exercise for overweight dogs, is there is no pressure on their joints whilst they exercise. We also have bouncy vests available for use in many different sizes. Please consider utilizing our Canine Treadmill services in conjunction with a swimming routine. This has proven to be most effective in helping to shift those stubborn kilos.

Arthritis & Hip Dysplasia

Hip Dysplasia is an abnormal formation of the hip socket that, in its more severe form, can eventually cause crippling lameness and painful arthritis of the joints. It is a genetic trait that can be found in many dog breeds, particularly larger breeds. Swimming/Hydrotherapy has long been recognized as a great non-surgical or preventive alternative form of exercise for dogs with hip dysplasia or arthritis. Swimming minimizes the pressure on the hips and joints whilst still increasing your dog’s heart rate and mobility. Keeping your dog’s weight within a healthy range is also a good idea. Check with your vet as to additional information and possible medications. Always check with your vet prior to commencing a swimming or any exercise program.

Show Ring Conditioning

Swimming is also great for conditioning your dog when getting ready for a Dog Show, Agility Training or Trialing competition. There are huge benefits in improving your dog’s general muscle tone and health. It’s amazing the difference in your dog’s appearance after just a couple of weeks with 2 half hours sessions a week, it can make a world of difference to your dog’s physic whilst strutting around the show ring.

Treadmill

The Canine Treadmill has been a great companion alongside our Hydrotherapy pool. It's helped our clients dogs get back on their feet a lot quicker. It's also been a great help with weight loss and muscle tone. There are also huge benefits to your dog in regards to strengthening of the muscles. The other benefits of our Treadmill sessions is to help your dog find his/her stride again and regain their confidence. These sessions are again initially assisted by our trained handlers, so call or email for an appointment.

Pricing and Packages

 Casual ½ hour assisted swim sessions  $25
 10 Pack of ½ hour swim sessions  $200 ($20 a swim)
 5-10 minute Treadmill sessions  $10
 Treadmill sessions in combination with 10 pack of swims  an additional $25 ($5 a session)

 

Individual programmes and packages can be taylored to suit your needs – please call or email your enquiry.

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