WHAT TO EXPECT
Leigh passed her Hydrotherapy qualification in 2015 and went onto being the sole hydrotherapist in a North East centre for four years. During this time she gained lots of hands on experience working with a variety is cases from excitable young puppies, neurological cases, spinal surgery rehabilitation all the way to arthritis management for the older clients.
Leigh’s passion is to help dog’s move from being classed as ‘okay’ to being ‘better than okay’. While your dog’s condition might be being managed through medication, would complimentary therapy like hydrotherapy help them regain some of their livliness and old behaviours back? Her favourite thing to hear from owners is how her clients start doing old behaviours again because they feel better (even if it’s returning to raiding the bin, at least their joints felt strong enough to bin raid again!)
Leigh loves being able to help her clients become fitter, healthier and most importantly – happier.
On your initial session Leigh will discuss with you your dog's needs and what you hope to achieve from hydrotherapy. Leigh will then give your dog a health check, take muscle mass measurements, check their weight and record other information to help with developing the best treatment plan for your dog.
Leigh does encourage owners to remain with their dogs during the hydrotherapy sessions as many dogs are more comfortable with their owner's presence there.
For ongoing sessions; Leigh will begin by asking how your dog has been since their last session, how they responded to the treatment and their general behaviour and wellbeing since then and now. Your dog will then have their usual health check before being fitted with a harness and being given a pre-swim shower to help clean any muddy paws and warm up their muscles ready to swim.
After your dog has had their hydrotherapy session they will be rinsed down to help remove any pool water from their fur before being towel dried. We recommend to owner's to bring a coat or drying gown for their dog to wear post-treatment to keep them warm and help to draw any dampness from their skin.
The pool is heated to a maximum of 30 degrees and our choice of sanitiser is bromine.
We test the pool water 3 times a day to check bromine levels, pH levels and alkalinity levels. On top of this the pool has monthly water samples taken and sent off to a lab to check for other bacteria like legionnaires. This ensures that our water is of the best quality and totally safe for your dogs.
Fun, fitness, weight loss, rehabilitation after an accident or surgery, puppy confidence swims. Please ask any questions about these services. We are fully insured and all clients will need a vet referral form which we can take care of for you.
The initial session is a longer session to allow time for Leigh carry out a gait analysis, take muscle mass measurements and check their weight before slowly introducing them to the pool. The longer session allows your dog time to adjust, get to know Leigh and take a relaxed approach to their first swim as many dogs can be unsure especially if recovering from recent surgery. Afterwards Leigh sends an initial report to your vet and will then update them with your dog’s progress throughout their hydrotherapy journey.
Sessions are £27.50 for rehabilitation swims, £25 for fun and fitness swims (£22 if your dog is staying in daycare) which is for a 45 minute session. This includes a quick catch up chat on how your dog is doing since their last swim including any changes in medications or health. Leigh will then carry out a general health check before rinsing your dog down and harnessing them up ready for their swim. Your dog’s active swim time with vary from session to session depending on how they are doing, their fitness and even their general mood that day, however we aim to have 30 minutes in the pool as the warm water can help relax muscles and soothe aching joints. Afterwards your dog will be rinsed down and dried (we will try to thoroughly dry your dog but you are requested to ensure they are full dry once at home.)
Discounts are available for block bookings
Buy a block of 10 swims and get the 11th free* (Dates of sessions can be changed/modified)
*Excludes Initial session