Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How soon after surgery can my dog start hydrotherapy?
That depends on what type of surgery your dog had? You will need to speak to your veterinarian with regards to the best time to start hydrotherapy and is it the right type of therapy for your dog. Surgeries such as TTA or TPLO for cruciate repairs are typically 6 weeks post surgery. Some surgeons like to wait until post X-rays are completed before therapy begins.
How long will it take to rehab my dog and how often should we come for therapy?
This depends on so many variables such as: Age, breed, type of surgery, spayed or neutered, nutrition, supplements, general well being of the dog prior to surgery or injury as well as complying to at-home exercises and conservative management. Plan on 2 x a week at least for post-surgery and injury. Geriatrics and arthritis clients should be here at least once a week.
My dog is beginning to get weak in the hind end and I haven't been to the vet in a while. Can I still get therapy?
Your dog needs to have had a visit to the vet within the last 6 months. Paws Swim Therapy not accept any hydrotherapy clients without a vet referral.
My dog is incontinent (having periodic urine and bowel movements) in our home. Can I still bring my dog for therapy?
Please discuss this with the therapist in-depth. Hydrotherapy may not be for your dog in this case. Paws Swim Therapy provides swim trunks for the dogs in all sizes. However, if there is a bowel movement in the pool, we have a protocol to close the pool, drain, and refill it. During this time many clients suffer because of the down time. The pool is closed for up to 3 days and a $250.00 fee applies.
My dog is due for vaccinations and just had surgery or was injured?
Paws Swim Therapy does not recommend that your dog receive any vaccinations during the “healing” stage. Please discuss this with your veterinarian. Ask them if they can perform a titer test or wait until your dog is in good health.
Does my pet insurance cover hydrotherapy?
Some plans do, so please contact your insurance provider to find out. Paws Swim Therapy provides receipts to all clients.
Do I have to bring my own towels?
Paws Swim Therapy provides all the towels necessary for your dog.
Should I feed my dog before the swim?
No, I would prefer if your dog has an empty tummy. If you do feed your dog, it has to be 2-3 hours prior to the swim or just feed 1-2 hours after swimming.
How early should I arrive for my appointment?
Plan to arrive about 10 minutes before your swim. This will allow your pet time to relieve him or herself in the field before entering the facility. Please check to make sure the last dog has left the facility prior to entering.