Leigh-On-Sea Clinic

01702 808 060

Sutton Road Clinic

01702 826 670

What is Hydrotherapy?

Happy Dog Swimming

Hydrotherapy can be used as a part of physiotherapy treatment. The use of the pool enables the physiotherapist to make further assessments of your pets’ condition, taking advantage of the physical properties of water, such as temperature, pressure and resistance.
The physiotherapist will create an individualised, detailed hydrotherapy plan to help your your pets’ condition. Hydrotherapy can be helpful in managing long term chronic conditions such as arthritis, post operative rehabilitation and general health and well being of your pet.

We have specific guidelines for owners that you can read below, alternatively you can download here. We kindly ask that you please download the guidelines by clicking here, print, sign and bring to your appointment.

Water Management:

The pool at FootFalls is kept at a constant 29 – 30 degrees, ensuring a warm, relaxing experience for your pet. It is tested a minimum of three times daily and the chemical balance is kept within strict Canine Hydrotherapy Association guidelines, ensuring the safety of your pet and cleanliness of the water. The water is also tested independently every quarter by an environmental company to ensure the water remains free of any harmful bacteria.



Canine Hydrotherapy

Kate treating in the pool

Most dogs enjoy swimming, even those that don’t will find the warmth of the water and hands on therapy provided at FootFalls a positive experience. All dogs are provided with an appropriate harness to aid their swim and no dog is in the pool without a physiotherapist beside them. Even swimming for fun is a serious matter!

FootFalls uses a pod system in the pool to provide a resting platform for your dog. These also allow the physiotherapist to manually perform range of movement exercises and massage within the water.

Even entry to the pool can be part of the therapeutic plan. The use of the ramp gives the physiotherapist the opportunity to observe your dog as it walks both up and down a gentle slope.

Dogs are showered following their session and towel dried. In the colder months it is advisable to bring a coat for your dog post swim, warm muscles need to be kept warm.


Guidelines for Owners

We ask that you please download the following guidelines by clicking here, print, sign and bring to your appointment.

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01702 808 060 – Leigh-On-Sea Clinic

01702 826 670 – Sutton Road Clinic

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1611, London Road, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS9 2SQ

498, Sutton Road, Southend-On-Sea, Essex, SS2 5PN

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