answering your questions


understanding our treatments and charges

In order to assess the treatment appropriate for your dog, we need the medical history, provided by you and your vet 

Click Below for a copy of the
Pawseidon Referral Form

We are happy to assist you when completing this form


It makes sense to start with a consultation, where for a nominal fee of £35, we will carefully examine your dog, review your dog’s medical records and recommend a specific programme of treatment

Click Below for a copy of the
Pre-Consultation Checklist


No Hidden Surprises

You, your vet and your pet insurer will be made fully aware of any recommended treatments and their associated costs

Frequently asked questions

Not all pet insurance companies cover hydrotherapy treatment, therefore we suggest before commencing your dog’s treatment plan, enquire with your insurance company to find out if it is covered. All treatments would have to be paid prior to commencing but we will give you a receipt in which to claim your money back from your insurance.

This depends on the condition of your dog and the rehabilitation that is required. For post-operative swims your dog may visit Canine Therapies twice weekly for a few weeks then come once a week when their fitness improves. Ideally, 10-12 sessions are recommended for most post-operative cases.

As a guide, post-cruciate surgery recovery would normally be 8 to 12 weeks. A young dog with hip dysplasia may need to swim for 6 months to 1 year until skeletally mature. An elderly dog with chronic arthritis may need hydrotherapy twice a week for 8 weeks, to gain a good improvement, and may then benefit from weekly or bi-weekly hydrotherapy for the rest of its life.

Keep in mind the purpose of attending Pawseidon is for therapeutic treatment for your dog. Our qualified therapists will look after your dog in the water, whilst you encourage him or her from the side. If your dog is not comfortable being handled by others, please ring to discuss your options for booking. Do not hesitate: we will try our utmost to find a way!

Our pool and underwater treadmill facilities are suitable for large or giant breeds. We need to ensure there are enough people present to handle your dog safely so an extra cost may be incurred (determined by behaviour not size).

  • Your dog, on a lead!
  • Your dog’s veterinary consent form (for the initial swim)
  • A towel (we do have a few spares in case you forget)
  • Suitable clothing for yourself – your dog will want to share some of the experience with you!

We use toys and soft food as a motivator. Sometimes their favourite toy is not suitable for reasons of safety so there is no need to bring your own. We provide a good selection of pool toys.

This really depends on your vet’s instructions. Usually hydrotherapy can start a few days after stitches or staples have been removed.

After some surgeries, fractures and spinal problems it may be 4-8 weeks before hydrotherapy can commence.

Many dogs that visit Pawseidon are not confident in the water, at least to begin with. Some take a few sessions before they find their confidence and begin to enjoy their sessions. We find many weak swimmers soon start behaving like sea otters!

Be rest assured: your dog will wear a fitted life jacket, be gently guided into the water or the treadmill and will be closely supported by one or more hydrotherapists.

Earning a dogs trust and confidence often takes time and we try our very best to make swimming at Pawseidon a positive experience. Please do not feed your dog for at least 3 hours prior to swimming and 1 hour after swimming.

It is important that any client has confidence in the therapist treating their dog. By choosing to use a Registered Canine Hydrotherapist (RCH) you can be assured that the hydrotherapist looking after your dog or cat is trained in hydrotherapy and is required to abide by a code of practice and ethics by their professional association.

Every RCH is listed on the NARCH website enabling you to check that their registration is valid as well as providing details on the type and level of training completed and areas of competence or expertise. A listed RCH has fulfilled the NARCH training requirements for registration (which are the highest in the UK) and must keep up to date by completing a further 20 hours of Continued Professional Development training each year.

Registration with NARCH is not an easy option for a canine Hydrotherapist. RCHs are required to abide by the guidelines and rules set out in the Guide to Professional Conduct for Registered Canine Hydrotherapists and must hold public liability and professional indemnity insurance.


NARCH recognises that the world of canine hydrotherapy can be very new and confusing to dog owners. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask by Contacting NARCH.

Many vets will refer a dog for hydrotherapy as a matter of routine following certain surgeries or for particular conditions. You are free to contact Pawseidon yourself and the centre will then contact your vet for permission for hydrotherapy treatment.

The vet will need to confirm that your animal is fit enough and well enough for hydrotherapy and provide any additional medical history that is relevant.

Pawseidon will never treat an animal without a vet’s permission. This protects you, your dog and other animals visiting hydrotherapy centre, and ensures that the treatment plan is appropriate for your dog.

A Registered Canine Hydrotherapist is trained to take all past and present health and medical issues into account when treating with hydrotherapy. The hydrotherapist will liaise closely with both you and all veterinary surgeons involved in your dog’s care.

There are occasions when it will not be possible for an animal to receive hydrotherapy treatment because certain medical conditions or injuries could be worsened by hydrotherapy.

  • Please toilet your dog prior!

Even if your dog went at home it is a good idea to let them ‘go’ on arrival, as car journeys can be very exciting. Please pick up after your dog, there is a rubbish bin for waste outside on the toileting area. If your dog defecates in the pool there will be a fouling fee as it means we will have to shut the pool down in order to sanitise it.

Please do not allow your dog to toilet inside Pawseidon.

  • The dog should be fitted with a leash at all times and be under owner control until a staff member takes control.

Although your dog may be friendly, some dogs are uncomfortable about being approached by strangers. Bear in mind many dogs (patients) are lame and any sudden movement or stress is detrimental to their recovery.

Regarding unloading from or loading the dog onto your vehicle: there is a constant flow of traffic on the road so be careful.

Grooming your dog with a good brush to remove loose hair before their session will be greatly appreciated.

  • Relax in the waiting area and a member of staff will come collect you and your pet.

We understand that sometimes appointments may need to be cancelled or rescheduled. We require at least 48 hours notice, as a late cancellation will extinguish another dogs chance to swim. Failure to arrive without cancelling will result in you having to pay for a swim that is not used.

We only allow one dog in the pool at a time for rehabilitation. It is possible for 2 dogs to share a single session to keep your costs down, but they would take it in turns to swim/rest, so in effect they would each have 50% of a session.

Canine Hydrotherapy provides safe, controlled swimming environment in warm, clean water. Cold-water swimming constricts blood vessels close to the skin restricting blood flow to the muscles. Our pool is heated to an ideal temperature for rehabilitation and conditioning swimming. Swimming in warm water allows the muscles to work more efficiently and minimises the risk of sudden cramp.


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