The GOLD STANDARD IN rehabilitation treatments and wellness programmes for dogs

Canine Hydrotherapy

What is Hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy is the use of warm water to relieve discomfort and promote physical wellbeing. Water increases resistance and helps to support the patient, making it ideal for rehabilitation, general fitness, weight loss & training. 

Swimming in warm water supports the body and movement, and provides many therapeutic benefits including relaxation. Speed and technique are controlled by the hydrotherapist depending on your pet’s needs. 

Hydrotherapy can help your pet by enhancing range of movement and flexibility, strengthening muscles, building stamina and promoting wellbeing. Water amplifies exercise benefits due to the added resistance, making it ideal for pets on a weight-loss or fitness programme.

Hydrotherapy helps with

Aquatic Rehabilitation

Hydrotherapy plays an important role in rehabilitating many conditions we frequently see in small animals including obesity, arthritis and hip dysplasia. It can also support postoperative recovery and a return to health following illness.

For our rehabilitative sessions we allow for plenty of time to work at the animal’s pace and abilities with no pressures and stresses. Our expert therapists will work with you and your Vet to tailor a specific programme with scientifically proven hydrotherapy treatments.

The most effective forms of rehabilitation tend to be a combination of physiotherapy followed by hydrotherapy. Typically physiotherapy sessions fade off to start with leaving hydrotherapy sessions to drive muscle development, strength and flexibility.

Orthopaedic Rehabilitation

Hydrotherapy is particularly useful in the rehabilitation of Cruciate Ligament Disease or Injury, Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Dysplasia.

Typically post surgical Orthopaedic Rehabilitation for these conditions will commence after 2 weeks for a period of approximately 10 weeks. Where treatment is as part of conservative management your Veterinary surgeon may recommend immediate commencement of Hydrotherapy.

Neurological Rehabilitation

Hydrotherapy is excellent for strengthening and slowing deterioration of animals with spinal conditions such as Intervertebral Disc Disease, Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) and Vestibular Disease.

We take particular control measures such as ensuring animals with spinal conditions swim straight to avoid twisting and turning during hydrotherapy. Typically hydrotherapy treatments will commence within 0 to 4 weeks depending on the recommendation from your Veterinary Surgeon.

Cranial Cruciate Ligament Injury

Common
Condition

Degenerative Myelopathy

Elbow
Dysplasia

common
condition

Fracture
Repair

Hip
Dysplasia

common
condition

Intervertebral Disc Disease

Common
condition

Limp
Amputation

Osteoarthritis
 

Common
condition

Vestibular Disease

Weight Management

Common
condition

Meet the Hydrotherapy Team

Tom Worman

Tom is a certified small animal hydrotherapist and centre director specialising in the management and support of Osteoarthritis

Abbie Hunter

Abbie is a certified small animal hydrotherapist with interests in both orthopaedic and neurological rehabilitation

Our Bespoke Hydrotherapy Facilities

Aquatic Treadmill

Our bespoke Hydrophysio Underwater Treadmill allows for early intervention in orthopaedic and neurological conditions. Operated by our advance qualified underwater treadmill specialists.

Hydrotherapy Pool

Our heated hydrotherapy pool provides 100% buoyancy allowing full extension and flexion of muscles and joints, wrapping dogs in a layer of soft warming pressure and providing a challenging exercising environment.