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:
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.
Evie completing her Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy at South Coast Hydrotherapy School, with the help of Beena her German Shepherd
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.
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 cool down the muscles after workout.
My dogs and I travel all around the globe competing in a sport called IPO, which is similar to Police dog work as it comprises of three disciplines, tracking, obedience and protection.
My dogs and I have competed at both a National and World level due to my passion for excellent results.... This passion flows into everything I do to ensure the very best results.
I am the Daughter of Sue and Brian Meechan, who have run Penylan Country Lodge boarding kennels for the last 26 years.
After living and breathing the boarding kennels life I fully understand all aspects of animal care. I grew up there and spent my first 22 years learning how to care for both animals and their owners.
I have a qualification in Canine Sports Therapy Massage with IAAT.
I also hold a 'Level 3 Certificate in Small Animal Hydrotherapy' qualification, and am currently completing my Diploma in this area.
The energy with which I care for my own dogs will ensure that you always receive the highest standard of care possible. Your pet is my passion.