VP Pet Hydrotherapy
Repeat Vet Referred Consultation including Hydro Session £30
Introduction to Water Puppy/Adult Dog Swim £20
Fitness & Condition Swim £20
Pets currently under Veterinary treatment/long term medication/chronic conditions or post surgery will require a signed Vet Referral Letter from their own Vet.
Fun and fitness swims do not require vet referral.
To make enquiries or to book, please email our Hydro Team on
What are the key water properties and what do they mean?
Buoyancy is the upward exerted force onto an object when immersed in the water, this reduces the weight going through the limbs and makes movement easier.
This is the pressure exerted onto the body when submerged in water, this reduces swelling and inflammation.
Resistance is greater in the water compared to walking on land. It creates a cushioning effect on submerged limbs which makes movement harder, this helps to increase muscle mass.
This is the movement of the water which can create a more challenging environment for the patient. This can only be used in fitness patients.
Water molecules tend to adhere to each other creating a greater resistance, this is greater on the surface of the water.
The ratio of body weight compared to the ratio of water, this helps with buoyancy.
The underwater treadmill is set to 28-32 degrees Celsius. The warmth of the water helps to reduce swelling and inflammation, increases blood flow and increases muscle relaxation.
What are the benefits of hydrotherapy for dogs?Evidence based benefits of hydrotherapy indicate that it:
Removes pressure from the joints which improves range of motion
Helps to increase blood circulation
Increases muscle mass
Improves stamina and strength in a controlled environment
Provides cardiovascular fitness
Provides mental stimulation
Underwater treadmill specific benefits include:
Increases proprioception from having contact with the treadmill belt
Helps to re-educate gait
Can alter the speed which is important in rehabilitation
Increases muscle mass due to a degree of weight going through the limbs
Encourages equal weight bearing
Allows for more controlled movement, which is important after surgery
Dogs often feel more relaxed when they can touch the floor so are less likely to panic
Features and Benefits of VP Pet Hydro UWTM