Qualified Canine Hydroptherapist
Can I just turn up with my dog?
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 and also that the vet is happy for the dog to receive Hydrotherapy.
How can I book a session?
You can contact me on 07 573 5833 or 027 8135447. If preferred, you can email me with a convenient time for me to ring you to 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 as I could be in the pool with another dog.
How long will my dog need therapy for?
Every dog is an individual with individual needs, 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 regular therapy for maintenance.
Should I feed my dog prior to their swim?
How long will the hydrotherapy session be?
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.
What will happen if I’m running late or miss my appointment?
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 sessions 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.
What if my pet can’t or doesn’t want to swim?
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.
My dog is a good swimmer and can swim for longer than 30 minutes, so why is their session shorter?
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
How soon after a surgery can my dog begin therapy?
Are there any dogs that should not have hydrotherapy?
Will the chlorine in the pool hurt my dog?
Why do I need a veterinarian’s recommendation?
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.