Aquatic therapy for healthy pets
Our Hydrotherapy Clinic is headed by Kimberley Hassell, a registered canine hydrotherapist with a certificate in hydrotherapy for small animals. Kim organises and overseas the treatment plans of all our hydrotherapy patients. Each animal will undergo an initial assessment with her from which an individual and dynamic programme of rehabilitation is planned. She will regularly update your vet on progress made and adjust the treatment plan accordingly.
Hydrotherapy is controlled exercise in warm water for rehabilitation, health promotion, or as treatment for a medical condition. Animals benefit in a number of ways: hydrotherapy builds muscle and cardiovascular strength and helps manage pain, it increases blood flow in the soft tissues and so encourages healing and mobility in joints and slows the progression of degenerative diseases.
Professionally delivered, hydrotherapy can help with a range of conditions, injuries, diseases and debilitating conditions. It’s most commonly used to treat dogs, but other animals also benefit from this therapy including, cats, guinea pigs and rabbits.
Hydrotherapy can help pets with:
- Post-operative recovery
- Neurological conditions
- Soft tissue injuries
- Muscle weakness and decreased movement in old age
- Injuries caused by trauma
- Strengthening and conditioning of performance and working animals
- Weight loss and obesity management
- Maintenance of degenerative conditions including hip and elbow dysplasia and arthritis
- Hydrotherapy is lots of fun too and can help pets with their cardiovascular fitness
Our newly built hydrotherapy centre is next door to our main hospital and has been designed to be easily accessed by all pets. There are warm showers for before and after each session to prepare pets for their session and warm down their muscles following it. The raised pool is accessed by non-slip ramps that allow pets to walk up and then slowly down into the water while accompanied by one of our hydrotherapy experts. The water is a comfortable 30°C, the optimal temperature for hydrotherapy as it relaxes muscles and increases blood flow. Pets wear a Ruffwear harness while they are in the water and are accompanied at all times by at least one of our qualified therapists.
Hydrotherapy is not suitable for every pet. You will need to speak to your vet first and ask them, if appropriate, to be referred to us. To do this please complete our referral form. We will then develop a suitable treatment plan in consultation with your vet, tailored to your pet’s individual needs.
If you have any questions regarding our hydrotherapy service you can email us or call us on 01273 692257. If you want to have a look at our facilities before you book with us, one of our team will be happy to make an appointment for you to visit.