Canine Hydrotherapy

Buster enjoying a rest

Why Use Hydrotherapy?

Canine hydrotherapy is extremely effective in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. Dogs who suffer pain exercising on land can develop strength and fitness much more comfortably in a warm weightless environment. Swimming is not only a great way to relieve pain, swelling and stiffness, it promotes relaxation, and helps to build cardiovascular fitness and strength.

Conditions that respond to hydro include:

  • Arthritis
  • Cruciate ligament rupture
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Spinal problems
  • Nerve damage
  • Muscle wastage
  • Obesity
  • Weakness, paralysis
  • Cardiovascular conditions
  • Conditions related to old age

Your dog does not need to have a medical condition to enjoy hydro. Swimming can be for fun and fitness too!

The Pool:

Located in Dunlop, Ayrshire, the pool is 15’x 9’ with very gradual entry/exit ramps to ensure easy access for even the wobbliest of dogs, and is heated to 30'C/86'F for their comfort. Bromine is used to treat the water instead of chlorine as it is kinder to skin and eyes and has no chlorine smell! 

How it works:

Leo the Papillon loves hydrotherapy

The dogs are first fitted with a buoyancy jacket. Lara goes in the water with the dogs for gentle joint mobilisation and stretching exercises, encouraging correct movement patterns (physiotherapy in the water), and to reassure nervous dogs. Owners do not get into the pool. Dogs are showered before and after swimming and are towel dried.


Please download a registration form (or ring for it to be sent or emailed) which must be signed by your vet before your first appointment. Please also ensure that you have read and understand the terms and conditions.