What is Hydrotherapy?
In veterinary practice, hydrotherapy is a form of alternative therapy that incorporates the use of water to heal and strengthen an animal’s weakened body due to injury or illness. During hydrotherapy sessions, a pet may swim laps, walk on an underwater treadmill, or wade against a current to physically strengthen their body. The water creates a low-weight environment that places less stress on the pet’s bones, joints, and muscle tissue.
How Hydrotherapy Works
A veterinarian may recommend hydrotherapy as a form of physical therapy after your pet declines in strength following an injury or illness. It’s usually considered an “alternative therapy” and may qualify for coverage under pet insurance. Alternative therapies, including hydrotherapy, are important features included in some insurance providers that pet owners should take into consideration when comparing plans, as the healing process post-treatment is often just as crucial to an animal’s recovery as the initial care.