How Cold is too Cold?


How often are you adventuring out on a walk and your dog dives straight into water for a swim? Has it ever crossed your mind that dog's, especially with conditions such as arthritis, hip and elbow dysplasia or ligament injuries, could potentially suffer after?


Research shows the water temperature is at it's coldest between October and March reaching approximately a high of 11°c and a low of 2.5°c, in the warmer months, between April and September, the temperature still only reaches a high of approximately 23°c. Your dog's body is normally kept within the temperatures of 38 - 39°c, which your blood cells are acclimatised to. These cells cool quickly once in colder temperatures, and slows down blood flow resulting in tightness of the body which leads to stiffness. Now imagine your dog's swimming while their body is stiff, this can then cause loss of range of movement and lack of momentum making it extremely hard for your dog to swim and could cause problems such as muscle tears or swimmers tail.


Remember it's not just the movement of your dog to think about!


Swimming for a long period of time in cold water could lead to hypothermia which can quickly become life threatening and in open waters there is an undercurrent which will make it harder for your dog to swim within, potentially leading them to get into difficulties due to the added resistance.


Hydrotherapy is an excellent alternative, the water is heated between 28°c - 30°c to promote blood circulation. We also test our water throughout the day and treat as required to ensure it is safe for your pet. Hydrotherapists are trained specialists to ensure they have the correct movement at all times too.


Tips for taking care of your dog after a hydrotherapy swim:

Towel dry them straight away

Dry them with a blaster

Bring a fleece/coat to wrap them in



For more information please contact us on springbokhydrotherapy@gmail.com.