|*ALL dogs will be accompanied by a Qualified Hydrotherapist in the Pool and Treadmill.|
|Tuesday||10:00 - 20:00|
|Wednesday||10:00 - 18:00|
|Thursday||10:00 - 20:00|
|Friday||10:00 - 18:00|
|Saturday||09:00 - 17:00|
Dogs that need extensive assistance or who have behaviour problems may cost more to be treated.
Many factors influence the length of time your dog will spend in the hydrotherapy pool or underwater treadmill. These may include the particular injury and/or surgery carried out, the medical condition, breed, age and level of fitness of the dog. For example a heart condition or obesity will limit the amount of exercise a dog can manage when it begins a hydrotherapy program.
Some pet insurance companies will cover hydrotherapy. However not all pet insurance policies cover hydrotherapy treatment, therefore we suggest before commencing your dog’s treatment plan, enquire with your insurance company to find out if it is covered. All treatments would have to be paid prior to commencing but we will give you a receipt in which to claim your money back from your insurance.
Here at Pawseidon we know that you may have lots of questions about our Canine services and how they relate to your dog. Here we address the most common questions our customers have asked about the treatments we offer.
We offer a unique and effective style of canine hydrotherapy based on years of experience and qualifying as a NARCH qualified hydrotherapy centre. In addition, we employ only ACPAT physiotherapists and those with extensive experience.
Obviously, we may not have answered all of your questions about Canine Hydrotherapy and our other services here so please get in touch using one of the following methods:
This depends on the condition of your dog and the rehabilitation that is required. For post-operative swims your dog may visit Canine Therapies twice weekly for a few weeks then come once a week when their fitness improves. Ideally, 10-12 sessions are recommended for most postoperative cases.
As a guide, post cruciate surgery recovery would normally be 8 to 12 weeks. A young dog with hip dysplasia may need to swim for 6 months to 1 year until skeletally mature. An elderly dog with chronic arthritis may need hydrotherapy twice a week for 8 weeks, to gain a good improvement, and may then benefit from weekly or bi-weekly hydrotherapy for the rest of its life.
Some dogs visit Pawseidon once a week for mobility and senior swimming or just for fun!
This really depends on your vet’s instructions. Usually hydrotherapy can start a few days after stitches or staples have been removed.
After some surgeries, fractures and spinal problems it may be 4-8 weeks before hydrotherapy can commence.
No, we offer exercise sessions and introduction to water sessions as well as rehabilitation.
*Fitness and fun sessions are only available to dogs that do not currently suffer from any orthopaedic conditions.
A Registered Canine Hydrotherapist is trained to take all past and present health and medical issues into account when treating with hydrotherapy. The hydrotherapist will liaise closely with both you and all veterinary surgeons involved in your dog or cats care.
There are occasions when it will not be possible for an animal to receive hydrotherapy treatment because certain medical conditions or injuries could be worsened by hydrotherapy.
We only allow one dog in the pool at a time for rehabilitation. It is possible for 2 dogs to share a single session to keep your costs down, but they would take it in turns to swim/rest, so in effect they would each have 50% of a session.
Family swims are available but must be prior arranged with a Pawseidon staff member.
No, Canine Hydrotherapy provides safe, controlled swimming environment in warm, clean water. Cold-water swimming constricts blood vessels close to the skin restricting blood flow to the muscles. Our pool is heated to an ideal temperature for rehabilitation and conditioning swimming. Swimming in warm water allows the muscles to work more efficiently and minimises the risk of sudden cramp.
Many dogs that visit Pawseidon are not confident in the water, at least to begin with. Some take a few sessions before they find their confidence and begin to enjoy their sessions. We find many weak swimmers soon start behaving like sea otters!
Be rest assured: your dog will wear a fitted life jacket, be gently guided into the water or the treadmill and will be closely supported by one or more hydrotherapists.
Earning a dogs trust and confidence often takes time and we try our very best to make swimming at Pawseidon a positive experience. Please do not feed your dog for at least 3 hours prior to swimming and 1 hour after swimming.
Many vets will refer a dog for hydrotherapy as a matter of routine following certain surgeries or for particular conditions. You are free to contact Pawseidon yourself and the centre will then contact your vet for permission for hydrotherapy treatment.
The vet will need to confirm that your animal is fit enough and well enough for hydrotherapy and provide any additional medical history that is relevant.
Pawseidon will never swim an animal without a vet’s permission. This protects you, your dog and other animals visiting hydrotherapy centre, and ensures that the treatment plan is appropriate for your dog.
Keep in mind the purpose of attending Pawseidon is for therapeutic treatment for your dog. Our qualified therapists will look after your dog in the water, whilst you encourage him or her from the side. If your dog is not comfortable being handled by others, please ring to discuss your options for booking. Do not hesitate: we will try our utmost to find a way! Please do not ask us if children can swim in the pool as refusal may offend.
Many cats can swim. Some breeds such as Burmese, Siamese and Persians seem to particularly enjoy swimming. Hydrotherapy can be a very successful treatment for cats that have suffered injury. At Pawseidon we will swim cats and other small animals such as rabbits. It is always worth trying and many people have been surprised that the cat that avoids puddles and the rain will tolerate hydrotherapy well.
Our pool and underwater treadmill facilities are suitable for large or giant breeds. We need to ensure there are enough people present to handle your dog safely so an extra cost may be incurred (determined by behaviour not Size).
Shower facilities are provided at Pawseidon. After swimming, your dog will be rinsed in a lukewarm shower. Some owners like us to shampoo their dog at this point (although it is not necessary or advisable to shampoo your dog after every swim). Shampoo is available or you may bring your own.
Strong points and leads are provided to secure your dog(s) whilst showering and drying.
We use toys and soft food as a motivator. Sometimes their favourite toy is not suitable for reasons of safety so there is no need to bring your own. We provide a good selection of pool toys.
Even if your dog went at home it is a good idea to let them ‘go’ on arrival, as car journeys can be very exciting. Please pick up after your dog, there is a rubbish bin for waste outside on the toileting area. If your dog defecates in the pool there will be a fouling fee as it means we will have to shut the pool down in order to sanitise it.
Please do not allow your dog to toilet inside Pawseidon.
Although your dog may be friendly, some dogs are uncomfortable about being approached by strangers. Bear in mind many dogs (patients) are lame and any sudden movement or stress is detrimental to their recovery.
Regarding unloading from or loading the dog onto your vehicle: there is a constant flow of traffic on the road so be careful.
Grooming your dog with a good brush to remove loose hair before their session will be greatly appreciated.
We understand that sometimes appointments may need to be rescheduled. We require at least 24 hours notice, as a late cancellation will extinguish another dogs chance to swim. Failure to arrive without cancelling will result in you having to pay for a swim that is not used.
Yes. If your dog has a heart condition, vestibular syndrome or moderate to severe epilepsy any form of exercise may cause a serious problem, so we must be informed so we can discuss the problem with your vet. Dogs with open wounds; infectious or contagious conditions such as gastric upsets, kennel cough, ear, eye or skin infections or bitches in heat should not be swum.