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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Will hydrotherapy help my dog lose weight? 

Yes, in conjunction with an amended diet, treadmill sessions are a brilliant way to burn calories and help your dog lose weight

 

Can I claim the costs of hydrotherapy on my insurance?

Each insurance company has its own policy regarding canine hydrotherapy, but you should always contact your insurance company to find out if they do cover hydrotherapy or laser therapy.

 

Will the chlorine used harm my dog? 

 

No, the chemicals we use are always kept within the safety guidelines for human swimming pools. Our water is tested and treated multiple times a day to ensure levels are kept correctly to ensure the water is hygienic and safe for your dogs to swim. Our hydrotherapist is fully trained in water management to ensure chemical levels are monitored throughout the day.

 

Can I feed my dog before their session?

 

We recommend that your dog is not fed for 3 hours before and 2 hours after their session. This is very important to prevent medical issues such as bloat.

 

How many sessions will my dog need? 

 

Each dog is different, so this does depend on each dogs age, weight, capability, medical condition and their reason for treatment. However, we aim to see some positive improvements and offer a reassessment after 10-12 sessions.

 

Do I need consent from my vet before hydrotherapy?

 

Yes, as per the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966, we only work under veterinary consent. Whether it is for rehabilitation or just fun and fitness, a consent form will need to be completed by your registered veterinary surgeon to ensure your dog is in suitable health to swim and to ensure they have no conditions that may be exasperated by hydrotherapy. We fill out the form and send this to your registered veterinary surgeon.

 

Is the water warm?

 

Yes, our water is kept at 28-30 degrees to ensure therapeutic benefits.

 

What are the benefits of hydrotherapy? 

 

Exercising in warm water allows the muscles to relax and as joints are offloaded, it helps to achieve a better range of movement through the joints.
It can also provide mental stimulation and improved wellbeing due to the release of endorphins and fun which is particularly helpful for dogs with restricted land exercise. Other benefits include increased circulation, reduction in pain, stiffness and muscle spasms, improved muscle strength and tone, improved gait patterning and cardiovascular fitness.

 

On your first visit to us we will start with going through your dog’s medical history and discussing any concerns, conditions and behaviours to get as much information as possible before starting the session. In this time, we also carry out a gait analysis and health check, this all allows us to get to know your dog and gain their trust.
During your initial consultation we will discuss a hydrotherapy treatment plan with you and gain an understanding of some goals you wish to achieve through hydrotherapy.
After the paperwork has all been completed, your dog will be taken to the water treadmill and with a slow introduction your session will begin.
Once the session has ended, we will shower your dog and ensure they are thoroughly rinsed.

 

Is hydrotherapy the same as taking my dog to a lake or river?

 

Lakes and rivers will very rarely reach the same temperature as a hydrotherapy pool or treadmill, and therefore will not have the same therapeutic benefits. Swimming in cold water can actually be counter-productive for your dogs, as it causes their muscles to constrict which could lead to stiffness and spasms and reduced blood circulation. This is particularly important with older dogs with arthritis as cold joints can become stiff and painful.
It is essential to monitor how much exercise your dog is doing and that they are doing the correct movement to ensure they do not exacerbate any existing problems.
Getting in and out of lakes and rivers can also be dangerous due to steep muddy banks and strong currents.
There is also a risk of pollution and water borne diseases that could put your dogs in danger when swimming in lakes and rivers. Our water treadmill is both tested and treated regularly to ensure your dog is safe at all times.

 

What do I need to bring with me? 

We suggest bringing some of your dogs favourite toys and treats with you to motivate your dog as we want to make each session as positive as possible. We also recommend bringing a towel and a towelling coat or robe to wear after their session.

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