Hydrotherapy is controlled exercise in warm water. It is more intensive that normal exercise and is non weight bearing. It is a well recognised form of rehabilitation to support and improve recovery from injury or surgery.
A 10 minute swim in the pool has been equated to a 10 mile walk, although this is hard to quantify, a dog swimming uses many more muscles due to the increase resistance. Dogs that previous struggle to exercise can do so weightlessly in the supportive warm water.
What’s it used for?
Hydrotherapy is indicated in the following conditions;
- Arthritis management
- Intervertebral disk disease (back and neck problems)
- Cruciate injuries/repairs
- Patella luxation/repairs
- Hip and elbow dysplasia
- Neurological conditions
- Muscle wastage
- Maintaining mobility and fitness in older dogs
- Soft tissue injuries (ligament damage)
How does it help?
The benefits of hydrotherapy are;
- Increased circulation of blood to the muscles / increased tissue healing
- Relief of pain, swelling & stiffness
- Safe exercise without stresses / muscle strengthening and maintenance
- Increased range of movement
- Muscle strengthening
- Cardiovascular fitness
We try to make the whole experience as relaxing and enjoyable for your dog as possible. we are both experienced, caring handlers,we use forms of motivations including toys, treats and verbal encouragement.
All dogs are fitted with either a buoyancy jacket or a control harness when in the pool. There is always a hydrotherapist in the pool with your dog. The pool has a non slip ramp and 3 resting platforms. It also has two adjustable water jets for the more advanced swimmer. The dogs are showered before and after the session. We ask for owners to bring their own towel for their dog.
Dogs must have veterinary consent before we will swim them. Ask your vet to download the form and fill in the required sections and send it to us when you book.
The first session will include a full assessment so therefore will take up to 1 hour (no extra charge). We will carry out a full consultation and discuss the condition, medication, current exercise, etc to get a full understanding of the condition. We will take time to familiarise your dog to the surroundings, the time in the pool in this session may only be short. The aim is to increase the time in the pool by each session. The session price is the same, however much time is spent in the pool.
First Appointment £49 (initial assessment and first hydro session) 1 hour appointment
Clinical hydrotherapy session £35 (successive) 40 minute appointment
Fun or Fitness hydrotherapy session £29 – 30 minute appointment
Many Pet insurance companies now pay for hydrotherapy under the heading of ‘complimentary treatment’. We do not do direct insurance claims. It is the owners responsibility to pay Operation K9 first and then we will help you reimburse the fees. Please contact your insurance company to see if you are covered.