Our Hydrotherapy partners
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What is Hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy is not a new concept. It has been around for thousands of years. It is the use of warm water to exercise and has been proven to help increase the rate of healing following surgery, injury or ailments. Water properties have the ability to offer non weight bearing exercise, which allows for a wider range of movement in the limbs. It can help increase muscle mass and tone, body strengthening and is great cardiovascular fitness. Hydrotherapy is often recommended pre or post surgery, but is also beneficial for weight management and fitness.
How to book?
For every client who uses our hydrotherapy or physiotherapy services we require a veterinary consent form completing, or letter from your vet confirming that your dog is OK to enter the pool. This is a requirement of the National Association of Registered Canine Hydrotherpists (NARCH) and is an easy process. Just fill out our online form which will be sent automatically to your vet or alternatively download our Veterinary Consent form and email this to your vets. They can either be emailed back to you to brought to us directly.
Our sessions in detail
During your first session we will have some initial paperwork to complete. We will also complete a full assessment which will involve asking some questions on your dog and their condition. Don’t worry, we will talk you through the whole process, there are no trick questions. We will be looking at the information given by yourself and your vet and will tailor the session for the individual case. This may mean that your dog does very little in the pool on the first few times, this is not uncommon for rehabilitation cases.
At House of Hound we have a hydrotherapy pool. This is heated to between 29-31 degrees and is tested at least 3 times a day to ensure our water is kept within the recommended range of chemical. When entering the pool room we ask clients with dirty footwear to use the shoe protectors provided. All dogs are pre-showered to allow for any dirt, debris, or hair to be removed before entering the water. This also means that their proprioceptive system is ‘turned on’ to awaken muscles. We also offer a post session shower and can shampoo dogs who require it for FREE at this point too!
Our pool has full ramp access with a resting platform. At no point will your dog be left in the pool alone. All our sessions are based around the ability and needs of individual dogs and are conducted by the Hydrotherapist. Clients are welcomed to stay, watch, encourage and even enter the pool if they like (only one adult per session) but the care of the dog in the session is guided by the qualified staff as they are aware of appropriate resting times. It is very important that dogs are not over worked so they get muscle fatigue or go into shock.
Every dog is given individual instructions from the Hydrotherapist, but often this may include
- Not working them, or offering additional exercise that day or the day after
- Some dogs are given ‘homework exercises’ by our physiotherapist after sessions to complete between sessions
- Extra care in case they are stiff or sore – this can also include use of heat or pain killers as directed by the vet
Common conditions hydrotherapy is used for
- Elbow or hip dysplasia
- Muscle wastage
- Patella luxation
- Soft tissue damage
- Spinal surgery
- Cruciate ligament disease/repair
- Weight management/obesity
- Neurological issues
- Intervertebral Disc Disease
- Chronic Degenerative Rediculomyelopothy (CDRM)
Common issues hydrotherapy can help
- Water confidence
- Bonding with owner
- Reduced fitness
- Lack of interest in activities
- Overall well-being