What to Expect
Initial Consultation- FREE
After receiving your vet referral, you will be contacted by one of our therapists to book in an initial consultation. During this session your dog will not swim. This session is for your hydrotherapist to introduce theirselves to you and your dog, discuss their referral, and gain knowledge on your pets lifestyle and your expectations on their therapy. We will complete our standard health check, making records of their weight, overall measurements, heart rate and body condition. We will also talk you through how each hydrotherapy session will proceed.
During the consultation, an appointment will be made for your dog’s first swim session. All our hydrotherapists have their own individual client group, this way we feel we understand our clients history and medical condition, owners expectations and more importantly it is a familiar person at each session for the dog, which provides a more personal approach. However, holidays and illnesses can occur throughout the year, in which case one of our other hydrotherapists will step in and complete their session with guidance and treatment notes made by their usual therapist.
On the day of your dog’s session it’s important not to feed them 3 hours prior to their session. Also remember, in some cases this may replace their exercise. This is an intense form of exercise so some dogs may be more tired than usual. Please ensure that your dog defecates prior to their session. There is a field adjecent to the hydrotherapy centre which you can access to allow them a toilet break.
Before each session our hydrotherapist will complete a quick health check and take any further measurements they need and then shower your dog. This is done to relax muscles and to desensitise their body to the warmer temperature. We will fit your dog with the appropriate safety jacket, whether that’s a lifejacket or a harness.
The length of each session is 45 minutes however we must state, your dog will not be in the pool the whole time, the shower before and after each session is included in this time, along with their health check. During their session a dog will not swim for longer than 20 minutes per session. This 20 minutes will be divided into 4 swim sets with rest periods in-between, please note it is not recommended for dogs to swim for more than 5 minutes at one time. This is usually for athletic/sporting dogs.