Paws2Water Canine Hydrotherapy is raising funds for an underwater treadmill for rehabilitation, the first of its kind on the North Wales Coast.
About the project
There is a fantastic opportunity to be a part of this new adventure, please help by pledging today and telling everyone you know to get involved now!
My name is Ceri Johnson, I am a newly qualified Canine Hydrotherapist, with 6 years’ experience within the Veterinary industry as a Veterinary Nurse Assistant & Receptionist and have a Diploma in Dog Psychology, improving my skills practically within the industry. Paws2Water Canine Hydrotherapy is the business idea that I am developing and hoping to open in the North Wales area.
Paws2Water Canine Hydrotherapy will provide rehabilitation to dogs and small animals recovering from injury, operation or suffering from ongoing degenerative conditions both Orthopaedic and Neurological. This will be achieved using specialised and individual hydrotherapy treatments and techniques with an underwater treadmill. Paws2Water will also benefit weight loss patients, providing a non-weight bearing environment to support their over loaded limbs. Other uses would include fitness treatments for agility, performance or working dogs in the area.
All patients will be referred from the areas local Veterinary Surgeons and it will be the first underwater treadmill on North Wales Coast to provide such a service. Paws2Water Canine Hydrotherapy aim to give dog owners confidence in complementary, and alternative, therapies that work alongside medicine and surgery to give their dogs the best possible care and relief from pain. This will then increase the mental and physical wellbeing of both owners and dogs.
The aim of hydrotherapy is to use the natural properties of water to aid in the treatment of injury, speed up post-operative recovery or slow the progression of degenerative conditions. Hydrotherapy provides support to allow dogs to continue to exercise while nerve regeneration takes place, or helps to relieve pressure on limbs that can aggravate certain conditions or injury by providing a non- weight bearing environment.
Why hydrotherapy treadmills?
Adds resistance to specific muscle groups
Improves balance of unsteady patients
Allows patients greater reaction time
Increases metabolic rate and calorific burn
Reduces heart rate and arterial pressure
Reduces peripheral oedema
Assists patient circulation
Reduces the load on painful joints
Improves core stability
Relaxes muscles and aids comfort
Rehabilitation – Circulation – Balance and Stability – Gait and Posture – Psychological Wellbeing – Pain management
The Professionals Choice – Practice Benefits:
The Canine underwater treadmill allows the therapist greater control over the therapeutic exercise. Making it easier to encourage patients to enter and exit the equipment. Hydrotherapy allows the therapist to selectively exercise a limb.
A Hydrotherapy treadmill unit can be a valuable addition, they are proven complimentary treatments. Along with the treadmill we will also need other equipment such as a doggie shower area for before and after treatment, a blow dryer, float coats and harnesses, computers and telephones, and the all important TREATS!!
Paws2Water Canine Hydrotherapy will provide individual treatment programmes for each dog referred. We pride ourselves on the passion we have to provide care and rehabilitation, and will treat each patient as if it were our own pet. Paws2Water will work closely with Veterinary surgeons who will refer any patients that would benefit from hydrotherapy, such as:
- Pre and post orthopaedic surgery
- Pre and post spinal surgery
- Orthopaedic conditions
- Neurological conditions
- Muscle atrophy (wastage)
- Obesity management
- Show dog conditioning
- Performance dog conditioning
- Working dog conditioning
- Behavioural issues- relieving excess energy and promoting focus.
The treadmill is the ultimate veterinary professional aid in the science of hydrotherapy, the canine underwater treadmill series has been designed with continuous veterinary input. A ‘no compromise’ approach coupled with many unique features, has made these canine water walkers the market leader and the first choice for veterinary surgeries and rehabilitation facilities world wide. An ideal environment to utilise the properties of water, offering an extremely effective hydrotherapy setting for patient care and treatment. Exercise in water is proven to be an effective method to gain faster results.