We offer our unique 20 x 8 ft purpose built hydrotherapy pool with underwater jets to create strong currents for those dogs that require an additional fatigue element or as required as part of their medical treatment where needed.
We own two Underwater Hydro-Physio Treadmills including an extended model suitable for giant breed of dog. It can be used as a stand-alone treatment or as part of the next stage from the Hydrotherapy Pool as your dogs’ strength and stamina improve.
The Hydro-Physio Treadmill is not the same as the usual ‘Kinetic Exercise’ Treadmill as used by humans in gyms, our treadmill is surrounded by reinforced glass, forming a watertight box. Once your dog is used to and comfortable with the treadmill, the glass door is closed and water rises inside enabling your dog to actually exercise inside the water!
The beauty of the Hydro-Physio under water Treadmill is that your dog can be exercised as gently or rigorously as able. The depth of the water they exercise in gauges the resistance felt by your dog whilst exercising i.e. the deeper the water the increased viscosity and therefore the reduced weight of the dog.
In summary the deeper the water the less weight on the dogs joints!
Another benefit of our Treadmill is that it is encapsulated in a clear glass box that magnifies the movement of the dog. Typically when walking in water the movement of the dog is much more fluid, slower, functionality is magnified and it is much easier to diagnose any abnormalities or traits that otherwise would be undetected.
The clear glass also allows the Hydrotherapist the luxury of being able to look at the whole gait of the dog unimpeded.
One of our Treadmills is fed from our large pool and therefore adheres to our strict water testing and treatment regime, ensuring the very best water quality for your dog. This also means that the treadmill water is at the same therapeutic temperature as the pool, 29*C. The other treadmill is self sufficient with its own tested and heated water supply.
Your dog could swim in the treadmill if they have issues that prevent them from using our Hydrotherapy Pool.
You can stand with your dog, simply on the other side of the glass and help encourage and reassure them.
Each treatment is specifically tailored to meet your dogs’ requirements.
Dogs will only be treated at our hydrotherapy centre with authorisation from your own Veterinary Surgeon thus ensuring the correct treatment is undertaken and your animals’ needs are thoroughly checked and investigated.
We provide treatment in a quiet and controlled environment.
The initial assessment for any hydrotherapy treatment usually takes approximately 1 hour.
A detailed history would be taken of your dogs’ condition by our Hydro therapist; this gives us the opportunity to get to know your dog.
One of our Hydro-Physio Treadmills is the extended version that is large enough for giant breed dogs. There are 2 ramps for the treadmill that allow easy access and exit for your dog one at each end.
We assist the dogs with buoyancy aids, noodles, surf boards, thera-bands, float aids, bobbles, toys and lots and lots of encouragement!
What is Hydrotherapy? How does it work? What can it do?
Hydrotherapy is a therapeutic and complementary treatment of movement and exercise in water. It assists in the recovery of various conditions and can have a positive effect on the psychological well-being of your dog. There are a number of properties of heated water that aid a dog’s recovery and increase fitness:
• Buoyancy – Minimises weight bearing and therefore pain on damaged tissues which helps restore the range of movement in a joint.
• Viscosity – Compare the ‘thickness’ of water to air. This helps your dog
• stand with less effort – therapeutic in itself but can also mean your dog can do exercise it would normally be unable to complete.
• Water resistance – Makes it harder to complete exercises in water thus increasing muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness.
• Hydrostatic pressure – The deeper you go in water the higher the pressure on your body, which can help reduce swollen joints.
• Warmth – Improves circulation to muscles, increase joint flexibility and helps reduce joint pain.
The benefits of hydrotherapy either by fun/fitness sessions or from medical treatment sessions include:
Immediate short term effect of hydrotherapy
• Decreased pain perception
• Relaxation of muscle tension
• Decreased heart rate at rest
• Reduction of oedema
• Increased active range of motion
• Feeling of wellbeing due to release of endorphins
• Reduction of frustration for dogs on cage rest
Long term effect
• Increased range of joint motion
• Increased muscle strength
• Prevention of secondary complications
• Improved cardiovascular fitness
• Decreased pain and inflammation
• Potentially earlier return of normal function
• Slowing of progression of degenerative disease
• Improved quality of life; each session is a social event for your dog
Conditions that benefit from hydrotherapy
• Hip or elbow dysplasia
• Cruciate ligament injuries (and post op recovery)
• CDMR (chronic degenerative radiculomyelopaty)
• Orthopaedic conditions
• Recovery from trauma, fractures, and neurological damage
• Spinal injuries