The Benefits of our Services

From couch potato to athlete, puppy to senior …movement is life to any dog.

Whether they are jumping into the car or running down the stairs, chasing a ball or roughhousing with another dog, running an agility course, diving into a pool, duck retrieving, sheep herding, chasing bad guys….over-all fitness not only helps a dog perform better but also helps prevent injury.

Many family dogs are weekend warriors and the rest of the week they spend most of the day lounging while waiting for us to come home or going for short but intense runs once we do get home. The problem with this sedentary lifestyle is that their core muscles become when dogs have a chance to really run and play..they are at a very high risk of injury.

A more “wholistic” awareness is being embraced by dog lovers and veterinarians, which is the importance maintaining good general conditioning for the wellness and longevitiy of our canine friends.

Veterinarians are recommending Aquatics, Massage, Core Strengthening and Chiropractic, Laser, Treadmill work and Music Therapy for:
• dogs with arthritis
• dogs with Hip or Elbow Dysplasia
• Seniors (these guys can be some of the best swimmers who otherwise struggle on land with aches and pains!)
• 3-legged dogs
• dogs preparing for or recovering from surgery
• for orthopaedic conditions such as: torn or sprained ligaments and tendons, (ACL/ CCL tears), Patella Luxation, Collapsing Pasterns
• dogs with Neurological Deficit, such as “old dog M.S.” where the energy and strength in the hind legs becomes lessened, or a dog has had damage to a nerve pathway.
• dogs diagnosed with Fibro-Cartilaginous Embolism, Spinal Injuries and forms of Paralysis
• dogs with Degenerative Disc/Joint Disease
• dogs who need help with the relaxation of Muscle Spasms
• increasing Endurance, Metabolic Rate and Muscle Strength
• conditioning for all dogs, especially Working and Competitive Dogs
…just to name a few!

Aquatics is not only fun for your dog…but it also does great things for him. The water provides buoyancy, hydrostatic pressure and resistance. As a result, your dog will show improved range of motion, muscular strength and tone, while working the cardio-vascular and respiratory systems, without the impact of concussive exercise on land and the associated damage that it may cause.

It may surprise you to know that for a dog, 1 minutes’ swimming is equivalent to about 4 minutes of running, according to Dr Arleigh Reynolds, renowned Veterinary Surgeon and Canine Physiologist.

Many veterinarians recommend swimming in warm water as an ideal form of therapeutic exercise for dogs.
Research indicates that swimming in warm water can help dogs, significantly decrease recovery time from surgery, injuries and decreases pain. Pre and Post surgical sessions will help dogs to break down restrictive scar tissue, increase their range of motion and rebuild muscle.
For more athletic dogs who need to stay fit, prepare for competition or who have a very physical job, swimming will help build muscle and stamina, we will come up with a program to suit his/her needs.

Most dogs love to play in the pool once they learn how to swim and become familiar with us and our pool. Recreational Swimming is a great way for dogs to burn energy safely, have fun, play games and stay in shape. Many dogs need a “job”, especially in the winter months when they are not as active, coming to see us helps their mind as well as their body.

Swimming is a terrific way to help a dog to burn calories without the concussive force of gravity, thereby putting less stress on their joints. We will develop a program for your dog. Gradually over several sessions you will see your dogs’ body change shape. His metabolic rate should increase while his cardio vascular system becomes stronger with more definition and tone in his muscles.

There are some dogs who have arthritis, old dog weakness, neurological and or mobility issues. While they are buoyant, we will help them “remember” how to use their legs using specific proprioceptive techniques. This will not only help the nervous system but muscles can stretch out better, the joints will be nourished by joint fluid due to the increased flexion and extension, blood and lymph will flow better through the dogs’ body.
For working dogs such as guide dogs, police dogs, drug/weapons detection dogs, search and rescue dogs.. swimming helps them improve their spirits and mental well-being because they are “off” and encouraged to relax and have fun.

Dogs who have been rescued or who came from an animal shelter, may have “emotional baggage” and lack of confidence. Some of this can be seen in the form of anxiety, aggression, fear biting, hiding behind one or more family member, being “needy”. Working with a, quiet, well-trained person in the water, helps these dogs open up, become more confident and learn to trust and be more balanced.

Conditioning and Strength Training is a great way to provide physical exercise, strengthen core muscles, mental stimulation, and is fun for all dogs. The exercises are specific to your dogs’ needs and they are FUN! No matter what the weather, you can perform these exercises anywhere.

All dogs especially larger dogs and those involved in sports are prone to certain injuries. The benefit of performing specific exercises to develop a strong core and good movement patterns will reduce risk of injury and improve overall performance.

For dogs who are older and have deteriorated movements they learn how to use those affected limbs again. Often different areas of a dogs’ body will become very weak due to compensation from discomfort, once the muscles are loosened by massage, they can be worked with specific exercises to increase core strength and be able to use their legs better than before.

Injured dogs do much better with exercises that target specific areas and will help the dog return to heathy activity safely. It will also strengthen them to help prevent further problems as the result of compensation or reoccurrence of the same injury.

For puppies, conditioning helps strengthen those little bodies, make them more aware of where their feet are and better prepare them for life ahead.

Competitive sport and working dogs are great at using their larger muscles…but by learning to engage their core, they become better athletes and are less likely to become injured.

Developing a and awareness foundation of good body mechanics that allow a dog to be active with reduced risk of injury is priceless!

Chiropractic is a holistic, natural approach to helping a number of joint, muscular and skeletal problems that are common in many dogs and certain breeds. The principles and practices behind chiropractic for pets are nearly identical to those used with humans.
The most common way both human and animal chiropractors treat subluxations (misalignment of the vertebrae or joints) and other problems is through chiropractic adjustment. This involves low force manual manipulation of the spinal column, joints or other affected areas. These adjustments help improve mobility and function and alleviate physical stress, strain and pain by removing the source of the symptom and letting the body heal itself.

Kinesiology Taping is used to support an injured area whether it’s a joint or a muscle related injury.

It also helps dogs with neurological deficit by stimulating subcutaneous nerves to send impulses to the brainBy using flexible, adhesive tape applied in certain patterns in a dog the tape will help to support joints, muscles, increase blood flow and body awareness.

Laser therapy has been shown to be an effective helps chronic and acute injuries. It involves the use of specific wavelengths of light to penetrate the skin which acts on a cellular level to produce energy which is used trigger the body to heal itself, encourages cellular repair and reduces inflammation by encouraging lymphatic drainage. Dogs with arthritis pain, tendonitis, soft tissue or joint inflammation, who are recovering from surgery all benefit from Laser.
*However, use extreme caution and not to use Laser on dogs with any form of cancer.

Massage is widely used to release tightness, spasms and to increase the circulation of blood and lymph. The fresh oxygen and increase in nutrients brought to the tissues help the healing process.
Often dogs who are in discomfort from muscle tightness or spasms will be stressed. They show this by panting, being unsettled, not wanting to go up stairs or jump into a vehicle. They may have positive changes in personality and behaviour. It is surprising how much happier and relaxed they are after just a few sessions.

Dogs who are not mobile whether from old age, or who are recovering from surgery or injury feel and act much better after massage. Massage will loosen the tight muscles that are compensating by over-using other muscles in an attempt to take weight off the injured area or area or discomfort from arthritis in older dogs.

Relieving small spasms and being able to detect sprains early on is just as important as training your dog for higher level obedience, or sports like fly-ball, frisbee and agility. They cannot perform to their best ability if they are restricted by unhappy muscles, and when they try to…they are most likely going to injure themselves even more in the process. It’s better to be pro-active and prevent injury that will prevent them from enjoying their life activities by incorporating regular massage sessions in the mix. Trained hands will be able to detect differences in temperature, texture, tone and tenderness. This can help prevent a small sprain from becoming a much more painful injury that could keep your dog out of competition for weeks.

Music Therapy has been shown by many studies to affect brainwaves, Neurologists discovered that when specific music is being played certain proteins are assimilated in the brain that helps learning to take place, the learned behaviour is retained, they are able to focus longer, stress is reduced, anxiety is lessened even in thunderstorms, they show less aggression, heal faster from injury or surgery and dogs have less motion sickness in vehicles.

Treadmill work allows for the dog to walk more slowly and in a controlled manner than he/she will on a leash. By doing this, all the muscles involved in the movement get a workout.Many dogs have a tendency to walk quickly or jog during when on a leash out in the world…this allows for the larger muscle groups take over which. It is very difficult to walk slowly and think about each movement. The nerve impulses from the brain to the muscle and back to the brain have more time to complete the circuit for dogs with neurological deficit. This will give each muscle involved in the movement of each leg (including the core muscles) a chance to work creating a better neuro-muscular memory and increased strength.

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