Canine comforts of water

By Connie Orcutt • Published: June 1st, 2015
Category: Animal Airwaves

When it comes to canine care, providing plenty of fresh drinking water is a no-brainer. But did you know that water has external benefits for dogs too?

Hydrotherapy — or physical therapy in the water — provides weightless exercise that allows for a complete range of motion without putting wear and tear on joints and muscles. Dogs can develop muscle mass and endurance without putting stress on injured soft tissues, so it’s a great way for Rover to rehab from orthopedic surgery. Swimming can also help portly pooches lose weight and get in shape. And hydrotherapy can sooth stiffness and improve flexibility in the many senior dogs who can’t tolerate other forms of exercise.

For many canines, from pups to older dogs, being in the water is also just plain fun. So remember … water isn’t just for drinking anymore.