Your First Appointment - What to expect?

As with all reputable animal therapists we require veterinary consent to treat your pet and get them back on the road to recovery or keep them functioning (especially in old age). Usually this happens quite quickly and you will see a quantifiable difference in your pet. We don’t believe in false promises or stringing people along, only results. Ultimately that’s what people usually come for – a positive difference in their pet and that’s what we aim to deliver, every time.

New clients are greeted in reception and will either have a consultation with a Veterinary Physiotherapist in one of the treatment rooms. This will usually take one hour and involve the therapist taking your pet's history, an assessment of the patient followed by a discussion on how we can help your dog. Physiotherapy and Hydrotherapy at our clinic work together seamlessly.

Therapy sessions thereafter are typically 30 minutes for hydrotherapy and Veterinary physiotherapy.

Your dog is unlikely to undergo aquatic therapy during this initial consultation unless we have a veterinary consent in place already and all other checks are completed. Physiotherapy treatment can start as soon as we have veterinary consent.


Clients should bring a towel with them (for Hydro sessions) and notify us as soon as possible if their pet is unwell before ANY of the sessions

Osteoarthritis - How we can help

Osteoarthritis is a chronic degenerative disease that may affect any joint but is commonly found in a pet’s hip, elbow, shoulder, stifle (knee), Carpus (wrist), hock (ankle) or inter vertebral joints (in the spine). It occurs when cartilage in the joint is damaged, either following a traumatic event or with wear and tear.

Signs of arthritis include:

  • Reluctance to take walks of usual length
  • Stiffness (that may disappear once the pet has ‘warmed up’)
  • Difficulty climbing stairs, climbing in the car, on the bed or a sofa
  • Difficulty rising from rest
  • Limping
  • Licking their joints (elbow, hips, paw etc)
  • Acting withdrawn, spending less time playing with family (which is often misunderstood as a sign of ‘aging’)

The use of Rehabilitation is especially useful as it encourages muscle building which helps keep your pet active and moving well.

For obese pets, carefully monitored weight loss can significantly reduce pain by relieving some of the stress on the dog's joints. We are more than happy to discuss diet with you, help you and your pet follow a weight loss plan and help you monitor progress.

If your dog already has arthritis, there are a number of effective treatments available that can help with the pain and swelling caused by joint disease. Physiotherapy and Hydrotherapy are a great way to do this, get your dog active, happier and feeling like they used to.