Ollie's Hydro Report

2022-08-03

Splish, splash! What a great day for a swim in the warm hydro Pool! It was our PLEASURE to take your dog for a lesson of swimming with the Noahs Crossing Vet team.

Hydrotherapy is not just fun it comes with numerous benefits such as low impact exercise for muscles and joint, helps build on the dogs confidence and fitness, it is a great exposure experience and helps to build on your dogs swimming style and confidence with water.

After their swim you may find they will either be full of energy with a second boost of adrenaline or they will be out like a light snoozing off today's accomplishments. Either way, they deserve it!

Please find below some quick notes given by the qualified Hydro-therapist and a note from our team how the dog was during their time with us.

Ollie's overall feedback

Ollie loved his swimming excursion today! He did so well and improved from last time.

We recommend
Hydro
Ollie's movement
Needs improvement
Ollie's activity level
Full length laps
Ollie's motivation
Loved the treats

A word from us

Ollie was such a good boy for his Hydrotherapy excursion today! He was so excited and couldn’t stop wagging his tail on the way there and while waiting for his turn. He took abit of encouragement to go into the pool to begin with but built up some confidence and was even stepping off the ledge with very little verbal encouragement towards the end! Ollie swam relatively well, at times he did rotate his back end however overall we were impressed with how he swam. We took his own treats so we could help make it a positive experience from him and he loved getting some treats after each lap. Ollie showed lots of improvement from his first session and his confidence has grown a lot in the water.

A word from Noah's

The Hydrotherapist examined Ollie in the water and stated that he has very little muscle mass around his hips and shoulders. This is due to underdevelopment and she stated that it is important to try build this muscle up to improve his quality of life and reduce the risk of joint complications occurring later in life. The muscles around the joint are extremely important for taking the pressure off ligaments and having little muscle in these areas only puts the ligaments and cartilage under more stress, creating deterioration earlier in life. Hydrotherapy is a really good form of exercise to help build muscle as the water acts as a resistance against joints. As Ollie tends to bounce rather than stride while walking, Hydrotherapy will also have the benefit of progressing his walking style. When dogs swim they tend to perform full length strides in the water compared to on land where they don’t show full range of motion or in Ollie’s case shows very little with his bouncing. Overall Hydrotherapy will greatly improve Ollie’s physical health and we would love to see him back regularly.

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