Canine Hydrotherapy

We have our own canine hydrotherapy clinic with a state of the art underwater treadmill based at Grappenhall in Warrington.

Our Physiotherapists will work with you to get the most out of hydrotherapy sessions. They use their specialist skills and knowledge to direct hydrotherapy for your dog either just hydrotherapy or in conjunction with other physiotherapy treatments. We can provide an optimum canine hydrotherapy programme using knowledge of biomechanics and how the properties of water affect your dog’s movement.

On the Treadmill

The water treadmill can produce great results for a wide range of problems. The water level and treadmill speed can be adjusted to produce a range of therapeutic effects and a tailored treatment program for your dog. The treadmill encourages strengthening of the muscle used for walking.

You will be there at the front to encourage your dog as the dogs are introduced in a sympathetic and calm way, they adjust well to walking on the treadmill. There is a ramp for access so your dog can walk (or be lifted) in and warm water will be circulated. Physiotherapists may use floats, limb bandages and manual support to help your dog during these sessions. The physiotherapist may also go in the tank with the dog to assist with support or limb placement.

In the Pool

Should swimming be more appropriate for your dog, our physiotherapists can meet you at a number of local pools.

Swimming can be of great benefit, especially for dogs which have difficulty weight-bearing for any reason. Pools are designed with access ramps and the physiotherapist may enter the pool to reassure your dog and help him/her perform specific movements and exercises.

The water quality and temperature is maintained and you will be able to dry your dog thoroughly at the facility. Swimming uses water’s resistance and buoyancy to improve muscle function and joint range of movement. Most dogs will grow to love swimming!

 

For more information on our Canine Hydrotherapy services please contact us here or phone 0845 300 9032 (local rate call) or 07801 270053, to book an appointment or simply to discuss a problem you think your animal may have.