Probably the most effective therapy in any natural healing program, hydrotherapy has been used for centuries to cure every type of
disease. From the Greek physician Hippocrates, John Floyer in England, Vincenz Priessnitz and Sebastian Kneipp in Germany, Benedict Lust to
the famous John Kellogg and O G Carroll right here in North America all used hydrotherapy to cure illness.
Hot water brings blood to the surface of the skin, which is why the skin turns red, it relaxes the body by expanding blood vessels
and loosening the muscles. Cold water does the opposite; it contracts the muscles and blood vessels sending the blood on the surface deeper
into the body and organs. By alternating hot and cold you increase circulation in the body. Blood carries oxygen and nutrition to every
cell and organ in the body, when blood is restricted to any area of the body that area will eventually die. By feeding your dog a proper
diet and loading his blood with the right herbs and nutrition, hydrotherapy will ensure your pet’s will receive everything he need for his
body to heal.
Hydrotherapy on the lower back directly affects the kidneys and starts improving their function almost immediately. It has pulled
countless dogs out of kidney failure and is also equally effective in treating many different ailments. The first time we started
hydrotherapy to treat sick animals we would do the whole body, we later began applying the treatments directly to the sick areas and we
noticed miracles. Heart murmurs that still lingered after healing dog’s hearts disappeared. A brutal sinus infection that was bleeding and
unstoppable for 6 months disappeared after only three days of hydrotherapy. Dogs that were diagnosed with a ripped cruciate ligament healed
in weeks. These are just a sample of the amazing healings we have personally seen, I mention these to illustrate how strong the healing
power of hydrotherapy is.
If your dog has longer or thick hair you will need to trim the hair on the lower back, just above the hips. If your dog has short
hair similar to the dog pictured below the water should be able to contact the skin without trimming the hair. If you are not sure where
the kidneys are located ask your veterinarian to show you. The photo below will show you the general area.
Put your dog in the tub, you will need a hand sprayer. Turn the water on warm and apply to the lower back area. Get him used to
the water, after about a minute turn up the heat to the hottest setting you can handle without burning yourself. Keep this on the area for
one minute. Then turn the hot water completely off and spray the cold water for another full minute. Repeat this for a total of 10-15
minutes at least twice a day. (See photo below.)
End on warm to relax or cold to invigorate. You will notice when on warm your dog may yawn or even start to dose off and on cold
they will perk right up!
WARNING: If your dog is in kidney failure start him off with warm water alternating to cool water as not to shock his
system. Over the next 3-5 days gradually increase the contrast in temperature with each session until you reach the temperatures described
If you have a similar fixture to the one above, a good idea is to mark the hot water limit with two peices of electrical tape. One
on the handle and one on the face plate. This way you will not have to guess where the right temperature is each time you switch back to
hot. You should always check the water on yourself first to avoid burning your dog as in some buildings water pressure can effect the