YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT
As we want your dog to have plenty of time to become accustomed to the new environment of our hydrotherapy centre, you will need to allow at least an hour for the initial assessment session. This will give us an opportunity go through the Veterinary Referral Form and have a good chat with you about what your Vet has advised in relation to exercise levels and what is currently being achieved, along with any clinical signs you have witnessed. (eg levels and exercise time of lameness).
We will also weigh your dog and take muscle measurements which will then give us specific measurements to work from. These measurements will be checked again after every nine or ten hydrotherapy sessions.
PRE-HYDROTHERAPY HEALTH CHECK
At every appointment we will carry out a Pre-Swim Health Check, this will include:
- Eyes – are clear, bright and free from infection
- Ears – are clean, no obvious signs of infection or build up of wax
- Coat – that coat condition is clean and clear of open wounds or infections
- Movement – observation of general movement and range of movement
- Owner’s View – the view of the owner on the dogs condition / improvements since the previous hydrotherapy session
We will shower your dog before every hydrotherapy session. This helps to warm up your dog’s muscles; it also removes any debris from the coat before going into the pool or underwater treadmill, which helps to keep the equipment water quality looking good.
We will also shower your dog after swimming to warm down the muscles and remove any Bromine from the coat.
We will dry your dog using our warm air blaster as well as towels to make sure your dog leaves us as dry as possible. If your dog is not happy with being dried by a hair dryer, please do tell us.
NUMBER OF APPOINTMENTS REQUIRED FOR TREATMENT PROGRAMMES
This is almost impossible to know before we start working with your dog. We recommend that all dogs commence with at least 1 or 2 sessions per week for the first 3 – 4 weeks to ‘kick start’ muscle growth and recovery.
We would then reduce the number of sessions for a further period of 4+ weeks; it all depends on the improvements and results achieved.
The time between appointments can then be lengthened to fortnightly or one session every three weeks, etc depending on your dog’s requirements and your wishes.
Where there is a major problem, such as spinal injuries or paralysis, then 10 appointments will not return a dog to his/her feet. A much higher number of appointments may be required over a longer period of time.
After the initial assessment session, treatment sessions take 40 minutes.
The maximum time your dog could be in the pool or underwater treadmill is 20 minutes. Some dogs on their first and early swims may only be able to manage minimal activity based on their condition, age and fitness levels. This means that the rest periods between each swimming or walking session may be longer.
Treatment sessions will be in the pool or underwater treadmill depending on your dogs condition, age, fitness level, etc etc. This will be decided and reviewed by the hydrotherapy team.
RECORDS AND FEEDBACK
Every treatment session is recorded and a feedback report will be sent to your Veterinary Surgeon after every 10 sessions, to allow them to keep an eye on each dog’s progress.
Reports contain details of the length of each treatment session along with progress made – or