South Brandon Farm,
Brancepeth, Crook,
Co. Durham, DL15 9AT.

Mobile: (07854) 319 051

Durham K9 Hydro Rehabilitation Centre is a state of the art purpose designed rehabilitation centre for canines.

Whether a dog is recovering from surgery, over-weight, involved in sporting activities, or just getting older and showing a reluctance to exercise; we aim to provide a rehabilitation programme to meet each individuals needs, maximising the functional improvement of the dog with a multi disciplinary approach that will compliment the prescribed veterinary treatment.

A successful programme depends on close collaboration between the veterinary surgeon, owner and the rehabilitation team who are designing and implementing treatments.

We aim to offer a comprehensive rehabilitation programme, tailored to each individuals requirements, as well as fun and fitness sessions in the pool.


The Aquatic Treadmill

We have a state of the art aquatic treadmill. Exercises performed in the aquatic treadmill are of benefit in many orthopaedic conditions both pre-operatively to improve muscle tone to the affected limb and cardiovascular fitness and post-operatively in the restoration of muscle function and an increased range of motion.

The Aquatic Treadmill ensures control over limb placement and usage, rather than free swimming - in which very little limb control is possible.

The water level can be useful in determining the angle of flexion or extension of joints. The treadmill can also be used to assist fitness programmes.

The Pool

The 16’ x 10’ pool affords the same benefits as the treadmill excepting the control over limb placement.

Durham K9 Hydro is a member of the Canine Hydrotherapy Association. Members comply with the training and safety standards set out by the association.


Physiotherapy has a large role to play in rehabilitation; it is of tremendous benefit in patients with joint problems and is an essential aid to the rehabilitation of animals following musculoskeletal operations.

Physiotherapy is a science-based profession, which aims to enhance the bodies natural healing mechanisms and restore movement and function.

Physiotherapy assessment and treatment will be provided by Andrea Bainbridge MCSP MSc Cat A ACPAT physiotherapist.

Appointments can be booked, either as individual physiotherapy sessions or as part of a rehabilitation programme.


Acupuncture is an ancient form of diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease which encourages the body"e;s own healing potential. It is also a useful form of therapy and can be used to compliment conventional veterinary treatment.

The number of times your pet requires treatment will vary according to its condition and its response to the treatment.

Additional advice on exercise, hydrotherapy, fitness programs and nutrition may also be given at the time of treatment to maximise the benefits of the treatment.

Acupuncture can only be performed on animals by a qualified vet. Treatment will be administered by Fran Creaner BVM&S MRCVS

Appointments can be booked individually or as part of a rehabilitation programme.


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