HYDRO THERAPY POOL
All animals can swim by instinct but how much depends on their confidence in the water and this can be increased by gradual acclimatization. Swimming is one of the healthiest activities that your dog can participate in it is a great exercise and works on building even muscle mass and tone.This makes it ideal for maintaining the fitness levels of working, show and performance dogs. Swimming helps to improve fitness and stamina, and is helpful in recovering from injury or operation.
Muscle wastage begins within 3 days of any immobilisation so to prevent further weakness or injury it is important to rebuild, through safe exercise, any muscles that have deteriorated. It is better to swim dogs in heated water since cold water causes constriction of the blood vessels near the skin and to the superficial muscles (those just under the skin) which restricts the flow of the blood making the muscles less efficient.
Swimming is an excellent form of exercise because most of the muscles normally used in movement are involved without the stresses caused by running on hard ground. On land each footfall creates a shock wave which travels up the limb and is absorbed by the bones, tendons and joints. While these stresses are necessary to maintain healthy strong bones if severe, or repetitive these shock waves can actually damage or weaken the limbs particularly an arthritic joint or one recovering from an injury or surgery, swimming allows the working out and strengthening of the muscles while avoiding this potentially damaging consequence, also because of the increased resistance in water, the muscles have to work harder than they would do on land.
Under water the chest is under pressure from the weight of the water squeezing inwards, this means that every breath requires more effort the muscles used particularly in breathing in have to work harder as muscles strengthen with exercise this improves the whole respiratory system.
The heart has to work harder in order to meet demand for nutrients by all the muscles which are being worked.
If all this sounds like hard work, it is that’s the idea!
For a dog a 5 minute swim is equivalent to about a 5 mile run!
The natural buoyancy of the water and the fact that sudden twists stops and falls make these moves impossible, which makes hydrotherapy a safe and effective form of exercise for dogs.
GET VETERINARY ADIVCE
Most dogs will cope quite happily with swimming as a form of exercise therapy however in the case of old or unfit animal’s or one’s recovering from an injury or surgery, you must get advice from your vet before taking it swimming, in some cases your vet my have to fill in a referral form which can be down loaded.
Some pet insurance companies will pay for hydrotherapy if your veterinary surgeon prescribes it
Relief of pain swelling and stiffness
Stress free support to muscles and joints with zero impact
Increases range of muscles movement and joint mobilization
Builds and maintains muscles mass
Improves cardiovascular fitness
Improves dogs mental state
COMMON CONDITIONS WHICH BENEFIT FROM HYDROTHERAPY
Cranial Cruciate Ligaments
ON VISITING THE HYDRO POOL
No food for at least 2 hours
Please toilet your dog before they enter the swimming area a lawn area is available on site but please use a bag /scoop if you have none please ask.
Wear suitable clothing you may get splashed
We reserve the right to refuse dogs considered to be in an unhygienic or in an unhealthy condition
Ponchos are provided please ask
ONE SESSION LAST 30 MINS THIS INCLUDES PREPARATION OF GETTING IN AND OUT OF THE POOL INCLUDES RINSE AND BLOW DRY
30 mins £20
BLOCK BOOKING £100
6 SESSIONS GET SIXTH ONE FREE
Up to 15 late we will start the swim but your dog(s) will require to leave the pool area on time to enable the next client appointment to start punctually. Over 15 mins late we may let the next client start their dog swimming and try to fit you in at the end of their appointment. This will not always be possible to do in either case A CHARGE WILL APPLY