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!