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Frequently Asked Questions

... and some answers

Q: Will my dog be alone in the pool?

A: No! A hydrotherapist will always be in the pool with your dog.


Q: My dog has never swum before, will he panic?

A: All dogs will have a buoyancy aid whilst in the pool and the hoist can be used if there is a reluctance to use the ramps. Owners will also be close by for extra reassurance.


Q: Do I need to bring towels?

A: No. Towels and drying machines are provided.


Q: My session is for ½ hour but my dog only swam for a few minutes?

A: Hydrotherapy is not about how long but how carefully the hydrotherapist is building and strengthening the soft tissue, overdoing exercise can have the reverse effect.

Q: Do I need a veterinary referral?

A: Your veterinarian will assess your dogs suitability for hydrotherapy and will take into account any contra-indications. You can download a Veterinary Referral form here (Microsoft Word document) or the same form in Adobe Acrobat PDF format here.


Q: Should I feed or exercise my dog before their session?

A: No! You shouldn't feed the dog for 2-3 hours before a session and his exercise will be in the pool - try to make him have a wee and poo though!


Q: Will the chemicals in the pool affect my dogs skin or coat?

A: No. In fact some skin conditions have seen a marked improvement, plus the dog will have a warm shower afterwards to remove any chemical residue.


Q: Can I bring a bitch in season?

A: Sorry, no! It's just not fair on other dogs (especially males) that will use the pool afterwards.

Q: My session is for ½ hour but my dog only swam for a few minutes?

A: Hydrotherapy is not about how long but how carefully the hydrotherapist is building and strengthening the soft tissue, overdoing exercise can have the reverse effect.


Something else you would like to ask?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have

Address

Unit 7 Meadwood Industrial Estate
Bath Street
Bilston
West Midlands
WV14 0ST

Contact Info

01902 495394
jacqui@bearhugscaninehydrotherapy.co.uk

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