Canine neurological disorders occur when the connection between the brain and spinal cord are disrupted. They can be degenerative or caused by trauma.
Degenerative myelopathy is one such example of a degenerative spinal disease. It causes coordination issues making it difficult to walk. The dog will typically drag its hind paws as well.
Another spinal disease is intervertebral disc disease, which causes balance issues, disorientation, and a head tilt in which the dog will typically fall in the direction of the head tilt. Dogs can expect a recovery if the damage is partial. The surviving nerves can take over the function of the lost nerves.
Canine hydrotherapy has been shown to help with neurological disorders. It aids in muscle memory so your pup can work towards being able to walk again. Beach Dog Aqua Therapy has seen great results with spinal/neurological disorders and
Meet Cory the Corgi! Cory is a 13 year-old with degenerative myelopathy diagnosed in February 2021. Although he is not currently able to walk on his own, he still has full range of motion and great strength while swimming. Follow us to stay current on Cory's progress with Beach Dog Aqua Therapy!
Hip dysplasia is the deformity of the hips that occurs during growth. It is a genetic disease that loosens the hip joint. Hip dysplasia is affected by muscle mass, growth rate, diet, exercise, as well as hormones. Hip dysplasia typically presents itself in dogs that are around one to two years of age, although it can also happen to young puppies. It is more common in larger breeds.
You may notice weakness and/or pain in your dog's hinds legs. You may also observe a reluctance to get up or in climbing stairs. For dogs with hip dysplasia, canine hydrotherapy provides your dog with improved health, strength, and overall stability. The dog's buoyancy in the water prevents your pup from putting added weight on their hips, and they get the added muscle therapy that aids in their wellbeing. Extra weight is also an issue for dogs with hip dysplasia, and hydrotherapy provides low impact exercise that helps keep your dog at their ideal weight.
Beach Dog Aqua Therapy can provide your canine with all of your dog’s hydrotherapy needs.
Meet Titan, a 95 pound, one-year-old Olde English Bulldog suffering from hip dysplasia. His parents signed him up for aqua therapy sessions to build muscle strength and muscle memory to slow the effects of this degenerative disease. Titan loved his time in the water and we can't wait to see him for his next swim session!