Cumbria Canine Hydrotherapy Centre

Improving & Enhancing your dog's Physical and Mental Well-being


Benefits of Hydrotherapy 
  • Recovery
  • Rehabilition 
  • Recuperation 
  • Relaxation 
  • Fitness & Stamina 
  • Fun 
  • Well-being 
Our Ethos
  • Passionate belief in Hydrotherapy 
  • Dedicated to Health and Rehabilitation
  • Caring and Professional Service
  • Relaxed and friendly Environment
  • Tailored to individual needs
Home      FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions:
What are the benefits of hydrotherapy?
The benefits of hydrotherapy very much depend on how the hydrotherapy treatment is carried out.  For some dogs simply floating or swimming gently in water can relieve pain and inflammation. For some more vigorous exercise is used to increase the use of limbs, increase muscle tone and strengthen support for joints.
Hydrotherapy can also increase cardiovascular fitness and help with weight loss.
How does hydrotherapy work?
Water supports dogs in a non weight or partially weight bearing environment allowing movements that would not be possible on land due to weakness or injury. It relieves pressure on joints and reduces pain, thereby encouraging movement.
It is difficult to move quickly in water so it has a cushioning effect, reducing the risk of injury and is useful for young dogs on restricted exercise as they can use up some of their excess energy with little risk.
In water dogs are subject to hydrostatic pressure which has the effect of a gentle pressure bandage on limbs. This can help to reduce swelling and pain - very useful for dogs with elbow, stifle, carpal and tarsal injuries or arthritis.
Do I need a vet to refer me?
Many vets will refer a dog for hydrotherapy as a matter of routine following certain surgeries or for particular conditions. For your dog’s safety we  appreciate a veterinary referral to confirm that he has no condition which would make him unsuitable for hydrotherapy and to provide additional, relevant medical information.
How long do I need to continue?
This depends on the reasons for hydrotherapy.
As a guide:
  • Post cruciate surgery recovery would normally be 8 to 10 weeks
  • A young dog with dysphasia may need to swim for 6 months to 1 year until skeletally mature and then for maintenance as required
  • An elderly dog with chronic arthritis may need hydrotherapy twice a week for 8 to 10 weeks to gain good improvement and then benefit from weekly or bi-weekly sessions for the rest of his life
Will my insurance pay?
It depends on the terms of your policy. Some insurance companies limit the number of hydrotherapy sessions per condition; others will pay to a certain limit. Some companies include hydrotherapy under complementary treatment.
Do check with your insurance company and make a note of their response for future reference.
To accompany your claim we will write a letter confirming the dates and cost of sessions and fill in and sign the claim form as appropriate.
How soon after surgery can hydrotherapy start?
This depends on your vet’s instructions. Usually hydrotherapy can start a few days after stitches or staples have been removed, but it may be 4-8 weeks after some surgeries, fractures and spinal problems. Your vet will advise.
My dog has multiple health issues - is hydrotherapy a good idea?
We try to take all past and present health issues into account and will liaise with you and your vet. There are occasions when hydrotherapy is not possible as it could worsen certain medical conditions or injuries, which is why it is important to have a veterinary referral.
What if my dog has behavioural issues?
Many dogs do not cope very well in new environments: some are nervous and some are, for whatever reason, antisocial and are wary of close contact and/or strangers. We appreciate this and will work with you and your dog, taking time to build up trust and confidence and help him relax. All sessions are dog-led and taken at a pace with which they are comfortable.
Please see Dixie’s testimonial.
What if my dog does not like water?
With sensitive handling most dogs can get over any dislike of water, (though not always: some merely learn to tolerate it). However, with reassurance and praise many dogs that appear to hate water can take to swimming. Remember, a hydrotherapist is in the pool with them and many dogs enjoy being the focus of attention and doing something special with their owners. We always take time and respect each dog’s response. It may take 3 sessions to gain eye-contact but look at the testimonials - dogs end up loving it, which is very rewarding for all concerned.
Dogs renowned for loving swimming and plunge into every puddle may also need to be won over to swimming in a different environment - but before long they will not want to get out!
Will my dog have to wear a buoyancy aid?
Not necessarily: buoyancy aids are available but a harness is often better and the hydrotherapist in the water with your dog is the best, most sympathetic buoyancy aid of all.
Are there drying facilities?
After leaving the pool dogs are showered (plus conditioner) and can be towelled dry.
What happens if I am late or miss an appointment?
If you are late we will still swim your dog, but the session will obviously be shorter as we have back to back appointments.
If you miss an appointment the full charge will apply.
Cancellations will be charged in full unless you give 24hours notice.
How long is a session?
An appointment lasts 30 minutes, which includes drying time. The actual swim time will be short initially and will gradually be built up, tailored to the dog’s needs. For maximum benefit swims include important rest times, either on a platform in the pool or in the hydrotherapist’s arms.
My dog is very heavy, will anyone be able to help me?
Of course. The car park is very close to the pool and we can help lift your dog out of and into the car. We want to make this as stress free as we can for both of you.
What do I need to bring?
  • Pooh bags, so your dog can toilet before the swim
  • Please do not give food for 2-3 hours before swimming
  • The veterinary referral form if you have it
  • Towels
  • A favourite toy or comforter
  • Suitable clothing - you  may get splashed
  • Please note we do not accept debit/credit cards
What do I do when I arrive?
As a safety precaution please wait in your car until the previous dog leaves.
By all means take your dog to stretch his legs and toilet, but please poop scoop and please keep on a lead. Your dog may be wonderful with other dogs, but not all dogs are and injured dogs may well feel threatened.
Holme Dale, Low Scales, Aspatria, Wigton, CA7 3NE   -   E-mail:jan.waite@caninehydro.co.uk   -   Tel: 016973 20736