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

Mobile: (07854) 319 051


What is Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy is controlled exercise that takes place in warm water. This offers a weightless environment avoiding stresses to limbs, tendons and joints.

What are the benefits?

Hydrotherapy allows the body to achieve increased mobility in stiff or sore joints and helps to build muscle. Hydrotherapy sessions also provide mental stimulation and help prevent depression in a dog who has restricted movement.

What breed of dog may benefit?

All breeds can benefit and are welcome. We cater for all, from the smallest Chihuahuas to the largest Irish Wolfhounds.

What results should I expect?

Hydrotherapy improves cardiovascular fitness; it can help to reduce lameness by increasing muscle mass and improve the general well-being of your dog.

How often should my dog swim?

This depends on your dogs fitness and condition. In the early stages of treatment, we recommend twice a week. This may reduce to once a week as a response to hydrotherapy improves. Many dogs that start on rehabilitation programmes continue indefinitely as their dogs enjoy it so much.

Will the chlorine harm my dog?

No, the chlorine level is within the guidelines for human pools and is tested twice daily. This ensures that pool water is hygienic and completely safe for your dog to swim in. A shower is given after treatment.

How long is each session?

The sessions will be between 30Ė40 minutes depending on the treatment, fitness and condition of your dog.

Will I need a vets referral?

Yes, whether it is for rehabilitation or fun and fitness, a referral form will need to be completed by your vet. This is to make sure your dog has no conditions that may contraindicate hydrotherapy.

Can I swim my dog for pleasure?

Yes, we do fun and fitness sessions where your dog can free swim to retrieve toys. A hydrotherapist will still supervise these sessions.

My dog swims in the river isnít this good for them?

No, it is not possible to monitor the amount of exercise. There can be strong currents as well as pollution and rubbish. Even if a dog is a good swimmer, it can get caught in a strong current where you could have difficulty reaching it.


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