Conditions & Treatments

Condition Approach Frequency Guidance
Hip Dysplasia We use either the pool or UWT depending on the severity and if the dog likes swimming. Pool typically makes dogs more tired than LWT Once a week, every 1-2 weeks in winter, 2-4 weeks in summer Lifelong condition, will need ongoing therapy to maintain muscle mass and slow down secondarv Osteoarthritis
Hip Surgery Pre_op we use the UWT to build hind limbs and muscle to support weight post-op Once a week We aim to fully discharge after 6 months this usually depends on the muscle gain and lifestyle
Post-op, we still use the UWT to continue building muscle but also to improve gait Once / twice a week
FHNE Surgery Post-op we would use the UWT to build muscle and improve gait but would also use the pool to improve extension Once / twice a week
Elbow Dysplasia We use either the pool or UWT depending on the severity and if the dog likes swimming Once a week Lifelong condition, will need ongoing therapy to maintain muscle mass and slow down secondary Osteoarthritis
Shoulder Conditions / Injuries Tendon or ligament conditions benefit from the UWT as we can reduce the risk of lateral rotation. Orthopaedic conditions like OCD respond well to controlled sessions in the pool Initially once a week, then every 2 weeks. We continue to decrease frequency as we see improvement Most shoulder injuries are caused by repetitive strain and the right home exercise routines are key to successfully managing this condition
Cruciate (CCL) repairs / tears / ruptures

Luxating Patella

Pre-op (and conservative management) - we use the treadmill to give a safe and stable treatment where we can improve hind limb muscle, gait and ultimately reduce discomfort Initially once a week. then every 2 weeks. We continue to decrease frequency as we see improvement Lifelong condition, will need ongoing therapy to maintain muscle macs and slow do secondary Osteoarthritis
Spinal Iniuries We use UWT to help proprioception and neuro stimulation

Some dogs benefit from managed controlled swims, with 2 therapists, to see how they use their limbs in a non-weight bearing environment, especially tetraparetic / tetraplegic patients

From 2 days after surgery), up to 3 times per week (wound is kept above water / dry)

Frequency reduces as we see improvement

If proper gait and proprioception return we discharge. If this is a lifetime condition, some dogs require on-going therapy to maintain movement and avoid muscle deficiencies
Limb Fractures We use either the pool or UWT with very high-water levels to provide a partial weight bearing environment to increase bone repair and to build muscle / improve gait Initially once a week and building to 2 / 3 / 4 weekly intervals Fractures typically repaired in approx. 12 weeks. OA is likely in the future
Osteoarthritis (OA) Older dogs, in advanced stages. we use the pool to provide non-weight bearing exercise and reduce pain

Younger dogs we can use the treadmill because we have the opportunity to improve muscle and movement

Weekly Lifelong condition. will need ongoing therapy to maintain muscle mass and slow down secondary Osteoarthritis
Dog Hydrotherapy

Dog Hydrotherapy

Dog hydrotherapy uses the natural elements of water, providing a low impact program of treatment.
Dog Physiotherapy

Dog Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy and our hands-on approach in the water can also help post-surgery or after injury.
Pain Clinic

Pain Clinic

Dogtown is able to offer a specific and tailored service in supporting your dog with pain management.
Doggy Daycare

Doggy Daycare

We provide daycare for young, old and active dogs and are based in Chiswick & Sheen.
Dog Grooming

Dog Grooming

We are London’s premier grooming centre with purpose designed premises in Chiswick & Sheen
Home Exercises

Home Exercises

We provide a series of videos showing exercises for your dog to help with their mobility and rehabilitation.
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