On a hot summer day there's nothing better than a cool dip in a refreshing pool, and at Animal House we let your dog in on the fun!
Swimming is not just fun for dogs, it also does great things for them. The resistance of water makes dogs work harder to swim than they have to work on land to walk or run. They will show improved 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 DrArleigh Reynolds, a Veterinary Surgeon and Canine Physiologist.
Stronger, toned muscles help to protect dogs against injuries sustained during normal exercise, such as running or chasing a ball, or during more demanding exercise such as agility and flyball.
In healthy dogs, swimming should be used in conjunction with other exercise on land to ensure the dogs’ bones are kept strong by sustaining good bone density.
Our staff at Animal House will start your dogs swim routine gently and increase the exercise over time. At first your dog may only swim for a few minutes to begin with. Gradually, as their fitness improves, they will be able to swim longer with fewer rests.
Swimming can help dogs relax and release pent-up energy.
For dogs with medical conditions that restrict or prohibit concussive exercise, swimming is very important to the dogs overall health and recovery. For example, in the case of a any orthopedic surgery, it’s important to build up the supporting muscle prior to the operation. However, walking and running are unsuitable forms of exercise, whereas swimming enables supported, non-concussive exercise to build the muscles.
After surgery, once the site has had an appropriate amount of time to mend (veterinary consultation is a must), swimming provides weightless exercise to improve joint movement, increase circulation and build supporting muscle, where concussive exercise such as walking can possibly cause damage to the newly reconstructed area.
Many veterinarians recommend swimming as an ideal form of therapeutic exercise for dogs. Research indicates that swimming can help dogs significantly decrease recovery time from injuries and decreases pain.
Nowadays, swimming therapy is widely used in the rehabilitation of various dog issues such as; arthritis, hip and elbow dysplasia, ligament tears, orthopedic surgery, stroke, paralysis, muscle degeneration, and pre/post surgical conditioning.
In the case of an overweight dog, it can be difficult to give him/her sufficient exercise on land without over-stressing bones and joints. Swimming provides a form of supported exercise, which will burn calories and improve the metabolic rate. Together with a good diet, swimming can help bring obese dogs to their optimum weights.
Whether your dog is healthy and you just want him or her to have fun while exercising or your dog has physical health issues where swimming will help him improve range of motion, mobility, over-all body condition and lift his spirits, a swim in the pool at Animal House is always a great idea!