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Benefits of Canine Hydrotherapy

The benefits of hydrotherapy depend very much on how the hydrotherapy treatment is carried out. 

Here at Westmac we work alongside a qualified ACPAT Physiotherapist to ensure your pet has the best possible treatment plan for its individual needs. This is especially important after surgery or injury as this can allow an earlier return to a more normal way of life for your pet.

Water can also be used as a means of supporting dogs in a non weight bearing or partially weight bearing environment to allow movements that would not be possible on land, perhaps because of weakness or injury. 

Hydrotherapy can also increase cardiovascular fitness and help with weight loss. Benefits may also include the following:

  • Relieves pain, swelling and stiffness
  • Improves joint mobilisation and increases range of movement
  • Improves muscle strength and maintenance
  • Improves circulation
  • Improves cardiovascular fitness
  • Improves sensory awareness
  • Relaxes muscle spasms
  • Improves mental well being

IMPORTANT

All HYDROTHERAPY SESSIONS REQUIRE A VETERINARY REFERRAL, WHICH YOUR VET WILL BE HAPPY TO PROVIDE IF THEY FEEL YOUR PET IS A SUITABLE CANDIDATE. 

IF THEY HAVE SEEN YOUR PET RECENTLY THEY MAY BE HAPPY TO PROVIDE ONE WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT.

PLEASE DOWNLOAD AND PRINT OUT THE FORM BELOW, THIS MUST BE RETURNED TO US BEFORE ANY TREATMENT CAN COMMENCE.


LINK - VETERINARY REFERRAL FORM


If you would like a copy of this form sent to you direct via email, or you would like us to contact your Veterinary Surgeon direct then please call us and we will be happy to help.

 We are proud to offer a range of online and classroom courses; including our Pet and Canine First Aid Courses, and many others through our links to ProTrainings.uk  - we are also able to offer students a unique discount code for use on additional ProTrainings courses following the completion of the first.  


All courses are CPD accredited and many have the additional option of an endorsed certificate from TQUK.

The Westmac Team

Evie Meechan

Evie is the owner and founder of Westmac Canine Therapies. 

She holds a Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy and a Canine Sports Massage Therapy with IATT. 

Evie has grown up surrounded by dogs with her parents boarding kennels and cattery, and has a comprehensive understanding of canine behaviour, care and health.  

Bethan Allen

Bethan also holds a Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy alongside her BSc Biological Sciences: Animal Biology degree and other qualifications to complement her vast knowledge of animal health and well-being. 


Bethan is also a qualified ProTrainings Europe Ltd Instructor and delivers our Pet First Aid courses. 


Happy owners, happy dogs!

The energy and passion with which we care for our own animals ensures your animals will only receive the highest standard of care possible. Your animals are our passions. 

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Westmac Mineral Spa

Our own source of excellence...

We are very fortunate to have our own private mineral water source here on the site of Westmac. This water is used in all of our water based therapies. At the end of each aquatic treatment your pet will be washed and rinsed with our fresh mineral water. 


Mineral analysis of our water...

  • Calcium - 50mg/l
  • Magnesium - 24mg/l
  • Sodium - 5.3mg/l
  • Potassium - 2.1mg/l
  • Chloride - 14mg/l
  • Sulphate - 11mg/l
  • Nitrate - 15mg/l
  • pH - 7.45

Temperature

Our water is heated to 28 degrees C to allow for maximum benefits of warming the muscles and increasing the circulation which is all proven to help aid healing and ease movement of stiff joints or limbs.

Our water is mildly sanitised and checked twice a day to ensure levels remain within a healthy norm. We use a mild water treatment system to help dogs who suffer with allergies or itchiness.

All dogs will receive a pre-swim shower, to remove any dirt or debris from the coat, and a post-swim shower to help warm down the muscles after workout.