Ted and Sausage have been on a diet since last October however unlike Ted, Sausage is having trouble shedding any weight…in fact, she’s heavier now than when she started. In a bid to kickstart her weight loss, Sausage took to the hydrotherapy pool!
Swimming is proven to help some dogs lose excess weight and strengthen muscles. It’s a non-weight bearing exercise, which is especially good for dogs with joint problems or injuries, and because there is increased resistance from the water, it can burn more calories in a shorter amount of time than a walk in the park.
Sausage took her best friend Ted with her to Bromsgrove Canine Physiotherapy & Hydrotherapy Centre for moral support and surprised everyone with her natural ability in the pool, having never swum before. Physiotherapist Emily Ashdown and hydrotherapist Harriet Lowe took care of Sausage from start to finish and made sure she was safe at all times.
With her tightly fastened in a tiny life-jacket with carrying handles, Emily and Harriet supported Sausage between them and encouraged her to use all four limbs to swim.
Sausage spent around ten minutes in the pool as this was her first swim and she was a total star. She managed a few laps of the pool and her little paws were still doing the doggy paddle when she was lifted out – Sausage definitely stole a few hearts at the Hydrotherapy centre!
Not one to miss out on the fun, Ted donned his Baywatch red life jacket and it was his turn in the special canine hydrotherapy pool. This was also Ted’s first time swimming and he was brilliant!
Harriet commented on how strong a swimmer Ted was and how she could feel him really pushing himself in the water.
As well as helping with weight loss, swimming is great for miniature Dachshunds, in particular, to strengthen back muscles and improve suppleness, which is extremely important as 1 in 4 Dachshunds may suffer back issues in their lifetime. The fitter and stronger a Dachshund is, the better chance they have of avoiding back problems or at least aiding their recovery should anything happen.
After a towel dry and a cuddle from Emily and Harriet, it was time to take Ted & Sausage home for some well-earned rest.
If your dog needs to lose weight, ask your vet to refer them to Bromsgrove Canine Physiotherapy & Hydrotherapy Centre and try swimming as an additional activity to improve their health and wellbeing.
A vet referral is needed to ensure your dog is healthy enough to go swimming. Please contact us if you would like to have your dog given the all clear for a swim.