Welcome to Wollongong's first purposed designed Canine Hydrotherapy Centre. We are a team of passionate qualified hydrotherapists.
Water Walkies Hydrotherapy have both a heated hydrotherapy pool and a under-water treadmill which allows us the flexibility to choose the most suitable hydrotherapy treatment for the condition.
Introduction to water is so important. Not all dogs can swim and not all dogs like water. Your companion will be introduced to the water at their own pace and encouraged by the therapist and yourself to build up their confidence.
Post treatment DIY showers are available to wash your companion. A selection of shampoos and conditioners are available along with a blow dryer and are covered in the cost of your session.
Hydrotherapy is used to relieve pain and promote physical well-being, it is a controlled exercise using the therapeutic properties of water which is maintained at the optimum temperature of 28-30⁰c. The thermal effect promotes the circulation of blood flow which relaxes tight muscles and eases pain and inflammation.
Hydrotherapy can be used for rehabilitation for both pre and post surgery, weight management, mental stimulation, fitness, conditioning, water confidence or just outright fun!
Exercising in water helps dogs regain strength, reduces swelling and stiffness, improves range of motion, strengthens and improves muscle tone.
We welcome clients to attend for fun and general fitness. Swimming is great for general strength, cardiovascular conditioning and weight management.
Agility dogs benefit from the extra muscle strength and show dogs for body conditioning.
Movements in the water are resistive, supportive, compressive, relaxing and comforting.
The heated water and the buoyancy can help achieve exercises in water that would not be possible on land.
As members of a multi-modality team we will liaise closely with clients vets and other specialists. Veterinary Consent is required for all hydrotherapy treatments, even for a fun swim. This ensures your hydrotherapist has a complete picture of your companions condition, behaviour, clinical history and any contraindications for hydrotherapy.
· Arthritis management
· Pre and post operative care
· Fun & Fitness swimming
· Gait and posture retraining
· Weight management
· Pain management
· Hip and elbow dysplasia
· Soft tissue injuries
· Muscle wastage
· Cruciate ligament
· Neurological conditions
· Tendon injuries
· Ligament injuries
· Spinal injuries
· Fibrocartilaginous embolisms
· Chronic Degenerative Rediculomyelopathy
· Cervical spondylomyelopathy
· Luxating Patella
· Strength and conditioning
· Maintaining mobility in older dogs
· Post operative amputees
· Increase cardiovascular fitness and conditioning
· Provides mental stimulation
· Pain management- relief of pain, swelling, stiffness and reduced inflammation
· Assists with weight reduction
· Non or partial weight bearing exercise
· Treatment in a controlled environment
· Relax muscle tension or spasm and increase blood circulation
· Increase joint range of motion
· Increase muscle bulk, strength and tone
· Improve muscle patterning and recruitment – extremely important for spinal injury dogs
· Prevent secondary complications as a result of limb disuse, muscle contracture, gait abnormalities
· Slow the progression of the effects of degenerative disease – including osteoarthritis and degenerative myelopathy
· Improve quality of life – especially for older or disabled dogs
· Intensive low impact exercise
· Increase speed of recovery
Please ensure we have a signed vet consent form and up to date medical history prior to your session otherwise your session will not be able to go ahead.
Please do not feed your companion for 3 hours before their session. Please give them the opportunity to go to the toilet when you arrive by taking them over the the grass area along the driveway. It is suggested you do not feed your companion for an hour after a session.
Please have your companion on a lead at all times. Though your companion may be friendly we may have injured or compromised clients inside.
If your companion has diarrhoea or has been vomiting please call us to re arrange the appointment for when they are feeling better.
You are welcome to wash your companion post swim. We supply Pro groom salon and Aloveen shampoo and conditioning products along with a DIY shower. Please bring along a towel to dry your companion otherwise a heated dryer is available.
At your first session an initial assessment will be performed. Our therapists will conduct a gait assessment and will get familiar with your companions lifestyle.
This session is about building a trusting bond with your companion ad getting them used to the noises, sights and sounds of the centre.
The first session may have limited swim/treadmill time.
Some pet insurance companies will cover hydrotherapy. Please check your policy. We do not bill the company direct, it is up to the client to make a claim.
What do I need to bring ?
Yourself and of course your dog!
Your dog’s veterinary consent form (for the initial referral). This can be found in our form section. We are able to email this to your Vet if required.
Your dog's towel.
Suitable clothing and footwear for yourself.