Will I need a vets referral?
Yes, whether it is for rehabilitation or fun and fitness, a referral form will need to be completed by your vet. This is to make sure your dog has no underlying conditions that may be made worse by hydrotherapy.
Can I claim the cost of hydrotherapy on my pet insurance?
Each insurance company has its own policy regarding canine hydrotherapy and you should contact your Insurer to find out if your policy covers hydrotherapy treatments.
My dog has never swum before, will he be OK?
Many dogs have never swum before they come to hydrotherapy. We aim to make each dog as comfortable and relaxed as possible and guide them gently into the water with the correct harness or buoyancy jacket fitted. Whilst in the water they will have a hydro-therapist with them supporting them and aiding the correct movement at all times.
Can I bring my dog if there is nothing physically wrong with them?
Yes! We have lots of dogs that come for body conditioning or just for fun!
Will my dog lose weight if they are overweight?
Yes in conjunction with a diet, swimming sessions are a brilliant way to burn calories especially if exercise has been restricted on land. It has been suggested that a five minute swim is equivalent to a five mile walk, with no impact on their joints.
Does swimming in the sea or lake have the same effect?
No the water never gets warm enough to have the same benefits as hydrotherapy. There are also strong currents which can be dangerous and steep muddy banks which can make it hard getting in and out the water safely especially with an injured or arthritic dog.
How does Hydrotherapy differ to swimming in a lake?
It is crucial to swim in the correct temperature especially if a dog is suffering from arthritis or has any joint problems, swimming in cold water can actually be counter-productive as it reduces blood circulation. Cold muscles are more likely to stiffen up and cramp and could do further damage. It is essential to monitor how much exercise your dog is doing and that they are doing the correct movement not to exasperate any existing problems. This is impossible to do without the correct training and not being in the water with them to look and feel the movement.
In open lakes there is often an undercurrent which your dog could get into trouble with, especially if they are already tired.
There is also a risk of pollution and water born disease that could put your dog in danger, in the hydro pool the water is tested regularly and kept warm to ensure that your dog is safe at all times.
Will the chlorine harm my dog?
No, the chlorine level is within the guidelines for human pools and is tested throughout the day. This ensures that pool water is hygienic and completely safe for your dog to swim in. A shower is also given after each session.