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Summer News Round Up 2015

September 8, 2015

FootFalls Canine Physio Essex Collage

It’s been a great Summer for us at FootFalls.

As we approach the Autumn Season we take a look back at our Summer News Round Up 2015.
The team have made some very special friends and seen many new faces and paws through the doors.

We have welcomed to the Footfalls team, Katy Roberts – Veterinary Physiotherapist who joins us on a Friday to assess and treat our four legged patients.

We are also pleased to have a new addition to the hydrotherapy pool,  Jazz Joseph Pritchard who recently completed his diploma in canine hydrotherapy.

Jazz joins us in the pool on Monday’s.

Footfalls are elated to announce that a grand total of £650 has been raised for Guide Dogs for the Blind this summer during our Charity Fun Swims.

Footfalls Essex Guide dogs charity swimsWe were delighted to welcome Mrs Jill Allen-King OBE to clinic, along with the wonderful Jagger, her 7th guide dog.

Jagger, a beautiful black lab guide dog, came to cheer on Wessex, (who started out as a guide dog but is no longer a working dog), as he enjoyed his fun swim in aid of Guide Dogs For The Blind.

Jill has been a tireless campaigner to raise awareness of the difficulties encountered by the blind and partially sighted community.

Losing her sight suddenly at the age of 24 she has had to learn to cope with a whole range of challenges, together with her 6 leading ladies and now with with the fabulous Jagger.

Guidedog Charity Fun Swims at Footfalls Summer 2015

These amazing dogs cost £50k to train and transform the lives of their owners. FootFalls is so happy to have chosen this Summer’s charity  fun swims to raise funds for this fantastic cause. We had great fun and met some very lively new canine friends, all of which took full advantage of their sessions whilst the local beach bans were in full swing.

Thanks to everyone for their support.

Canine Hydrotherapy Association News

Having been a topic of much debate among canine hydrotherapy centers, recently there has been a ruling passed on multi dog swimming after a staggering 95% of members voted in favour of banning the practice in its centres. From October 1st 2015, the CHA Quality Standards Document will change to reflect the new ruling and all members will need to comply by the changes. The CHA statement displayed by all members reads

“Only one animal is to be treated in the hydrotherapy pool or water treadmill at any time.  The practise of Multi dog Therapy is banned, irrespective of whether the animal is attending for rehabilitation treatment or ‘fun & fitness’.  This applies to all members regardless of pool or treadmill size or if the patients are from the same family even if you have more than one therapist in the treatment room.  For clarification: at no time will any of our members be allowed to have more than one animal in the pool or treadmill”.

As a CHA centre, Footfalls has supported the ban and will continue to only swim one dog, as we have always done. We welcome this development and it has always been our policy for our treatments to be for a single dog only, receiving our undivided attention whether it be on a treatment or fun visit.

Husky during a fun swim at FootFalls Essex

What a Summer! With more developments in the pipeline, more events and useful sessions such as Pet First Aid classes, the Autumn season looks set to be just as rewarding as the Summer. Thanks to you, our valued clients and our 4 legged friends.

Further Reading

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