FAQ

No, all dogs need to have a prior booking, If your dog has had surgery you also need either a Veterinary Registration form completed by your vet or, the discharge letter from the surgeon stating when you can start hydrotherapy. This ensures I know what conditions/injuries the dog has & also that the vet is happy for the dog to receive Hydrotherapy.

You can contact me on 07 5735833 or 027 8135447. If preferred, you can email me with a convenient time for me to ring you to book / confirm a booking.
If you leave a message please leave your name and contact number and I will return your call as soon as possible. (I will probably be in the pool with another dog!

  1. Client Registration Form available to be completed and submitted on line. If your puppy is coming to learn to swim you may not need to have a veterinarian consent likewise with dogs just swimming for fun. In these cases you will be asked to sign a medical disclaimer that your pet does not suffer from any of the listed medical conditions.
  2. Towel to help with drying after the swim. Also please bring a blanket/towel or a jacket to wrap round them on the way home as it is better that the dog remains warm after swimming, and something to protect your car as the dog may not always be completely dry. Dogs are dried with a shammy and a blaster dryer is available too.
  3. Vaccination certificates (1st visit only)
  4. And of course your dog!

Some dogs are quite splashy swimmers and there is often a lot of water on the floor, it is advisable to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting wet although a waterproof poncho can be provided if required. To aid in the prevention of trips and slips, NO BARE FEET OR JANDLES. Please wear shoes that have a good grip, trainers, gum boots etc.

Every dog is an individual; therefore the effects of therapy are different for each one. Depending on your dog’s presenting condition and the desired goals, therapy can last anywhere from 1 month (a few visits) to a few months or longer if a maintenance schedule is necessary. Although the aim is to help a dog reach full potential as quickly and effectively as possible, there are those dogs that will benefit from and need therapy for maintenance.

I advise that you shouldn’t feed your dog for approximately 2 hours before a swim, and for at least 1 hour after.

This is totally dependent on the dog itself, all sessions are tailored to the individual dog. I do not impose a fixed time – this could be detrimental to the dog. You are normally with me for approx. 30 to 45 minutes although the dog is not in the water for this length of time.

Up to 15 minutes late – I can still go ahead with the planned session; however it will be cut short if necessary to prevent running late with client’s afterwards.
Over 15 minutes late – Depending on the diary I have that day, I may be able to go ahead with the session, however if there are more dogs booked in, unfortunately I will not be able to carry out the session and you will be charged for the missed appointment.
Missed appointments – If you fail to inform me that you cannot make the session, full session charges will be made, or a session taken off your block booking.
Cancellations – No charges will be made for legitimate cancellations, so long as I am informed with a minimum of 24 hours’ notice.

 

Hydrotherapy is very beneficial to non-walking dogs or for those dogs who have never swum before. The therapy is done in a very relaxed and caring way. Most dogs take to swimming easily although the first few sessions can be a bit splashy as they find their own ‘Style’. Life jackets are used for the majority of dogs. You are encouraged to bring your puppy to early learning sessions so that they can learn to swim in a safe environment, become confident in water, and learn to love being in it, not fear it.

It is much easier for a dog to ‘Free Swim’ than it is to swim in our pool, in a hydro pool they have to use a lot more energy, the water is warm & thus tire quickly

Normally with your vets approval, as soon as the stitches are removed. However with some orthopaedic surgeries it can be between 4 and 6 weeks before your Vet gives their approval for hydrotherapy to commence.

In some instances canine hydrotherapy is not recommend. You should consult with your vet before bringing your dog for hydrotherapy.

Chlorine is used in most human swimming pools because it is the most effective method of ensuring the water is free from bacteria. Canine hydrotherapy pools have used chlorine safely for many years, however; all the dogs are rinsed thoroughly before leaving. For a small extra charge your dog can be shampooed.

PURPOSE: To ensure that: –

  • An accurate diagnosis of any condition being treated is known, together with details of any treatment, surgical procedure or medication that has been undertaken or administered to the dog.
  • The dog’s veterinarian has the opportunity to pass on any areas of danger or caution.
  • A qualified veterinary surgeon has deemed that the dog’s general state of health is such that it is safe for the animal to undergo hydrotherapy.

The dog’s veterinarian can be kept informed of the progress of any dog undergoing hydrotherapy treatment.

Please fully read the 4WetPaws Terms and Conditions as there is further information for your attention.

If you have any more questions regarding canine hydrotherapy at 4WetPaws please do not hesitate to contact me