Westmac Canine Therapies is affiliated with the Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA)
The majority of insurance companies recognise the benefits of Hydrotherapy and will pay out for a certain number of sessions or a set amount e.g. 10 sessions or £750
Your insurance company will be able to tell you if Hydrotherapy is included as part of your policy.
Owners will be expected to pay on the day for any treatment received and then claim these sessions back from their insurance afterwards. We are happy to assist in the completion of insurance claim forms.
Hydrotherapy is highly beneficial as a means of recovery or maintenance for a vast range of orthopaedic (bone/joint) or neurological (spine/nerve) conditions
E.g. Cruciate Injuries, Elbow/Hip Dysplasia, Luxating Patellas, Intervertebral Disc Disease, Degenerative Myelopathy
Hydrotherapy is an excellent way of relieving the discomfort experienced by older dogs from age associated ailments, keeping them comfortable and active for longer
E.g. Arthritis, Spondylosis, muscle weakness or atrophy
Puppies can also benefit from the therapeutic nature of Hydrotherapy. See our Puppy Socialisation Package appointment information below.
The therapeutic properties of our treatment water provide the perfect outlet for energetic, active dogs to build and maintain optimum physical condition, cardiovascular fitness and stamina levels.
The glass sides of our underwater treadmill allow us to encourage correct gait and movement at varying speeds, perfect for agility, show and obedience competitors.
All of our clients here at Westmac will begin with an initial assessment appointment. This is so that we can take time to get to know you and your pet before any treatment commences. The initial assessment will be 1 hour long which allows us to move at a speed that provides most reassurance for your best friend.
In this time we will do a gait analysis for your pet to observe the way that they move, and we will also measure key areas of their structure to note the natural differences in their build. These points will be reassessed regularly to document improvements. We will also weigh your pet and provide a 7 point health check which will include:
We will then commence the first session within the Underwater Treadmill.
The recuperative appointments follow on from the initial assessment. The Hydrotherapist or Physiotherapist will have devised a treatment plan within the Underwater Treadmill that they feel is appropriate for your pet, and the sessions will work towards realistic goals and aims based on the information from your Veterinary referral, and also the information gathered from your initial assessment. Depending on each individual case these session are usually on a once a week basis.
Once a patient has reached a suitable stage of their rehabilitation they may be moved onto our Maintenance Appointments, designed to maintain the benefits achieved during the Recuperative Appointments over a longer time scale and reduced appointment frequency. This will be at the discretion of the Hydrotherapist in line with your pet's bespoke treatment plan.
A report will be produced after each of these sessions which will be made available to your Veterinary Surgeon. A copy can also be sent to your own email if requested.
Did you know puppies can get a great benefit from Hydrotherapy?
It is a safe form of exercise with minimum weight bearing through young joints, especially good for building muscle and strength in large breed dogs.
It is an excellent way of tiring your puppy out in a fun, attention and treat filled environment and broadens their horizons by helping them socialise to novel situations. Plus they are familiar with the concept of Hydrotherapy should they ever require treatment in the future, or decide to utilise the benefit for fitness and health throughout their lives.