A form of therapy using the properties of water, to relieve pain and inflammation, increase range of motion, increase muscle mass, and strengthen joint function. A weightless form of exercise suitable for dogs with joint or spinal problems, which increases cardiovascular fitness and assist in weight loss. 

Example Conditions Treated

  • Arthritis

  • Hip dysplasia

  • Cruciate ligament 

  • Patella luxation

  • Elbow dysplasia

  • Degenerative myelopathy (formerly known as CDRM)

  • Spondylosis - spinal arthritis

  • Mobility problems related to age

  • Obesity control

    • Or just for fun and fitness!

Most insurers will cover up to 10 sessions of hydrotherapy per condition

Benefits of Hydrotherapy

  • Decreased pain perception

  • Decreased pain and inflammation

  • Relaxation of muscle tension and/or muscle spasm

  • Increased range of movement in water helping to ease stiff and arthritic joints

  • Non weight bearing

  • Support for weakened or spinal injury dogs

  • Reduction of frustration for dogs on cage rest or reduced exercise

  • Improved cardiovascular fitness

  • Potentially earlier return to normal activities 

  • Slowing of progression of some symptoms of degenerative diseases

  • Improved quality of life

NARCH, 2021



Rachel is a qualified canine hydrotherapist, and a member of the institute of canine hydrotherapists (MIRVAP ICH), completing her level 3 certificate in canine hydrotherapy at the South Coast Hydrotherapy School in 2021. 


Hydrotherapy sessions are by appointment only, contact Rachel at hydrotherapy.doggypaddle@gmail.com or register your interest below.

Register interest

Referral Form - complete pages 1 & 2 and return to hydrotherapy.doggypaddle@gmail.com, page 3 will be forwarded and completed by your registered vet.