Canine pools are heated between 26°C- 30°C. This temperature is used to increase circulation and relax the muscles helping to prevent further strain or injury in a non-weight bearing environment. Our pool is 3.8m x 2m, allowing us to comfortably swim dogs of all sizes. All dogs will wear a CHA approved buoyancy aid or harness whilst swimming.
Swimming a dog in the hydrotherapy pool will use the muscles required for movement, but without the ‘shock-wave’ that occurs when limbs impact on solid ground. The buoyancy of the water offers non-impact, stress free support to muscles and joints, and the warm water helps to relieve swelling and stiffness. This allows for increased range of movement, helping to work injured limbs and improve muscle tone in a controlled environment, without the risk of further strain or injury.
The pool has a variable strength jet system. When the dog is strong and and able, this allows us to increase the resistance against their swimming movement, improving muscle tone and helping to strengthen limbs. The increased resistance when swimming against the jets can also help to improve cardiovascular fitness. N.B. Jets are only used for those dogs able to cope with the extra resistance. Recent injuries and immediate post-surgical cases will not swim with jets.