Hydrotherapy for Dogs

Bespoke treatment programmes with our state-of-the-art underwater treadmill delivered by level 4 qualified hydrotherapists

Hydrotherapy has become an important part of a treatment programme for the rehabilitation of injury in dogs. It is also advantageous for building core muscle strength, cardiovascular fitness and endurance.

Underwater treadmills are particularly beneficial for dogs with arthritis and joint issues. Moving with the benefit of water buoyancy, whilst working against the resistance effect of the water treadmill makes this a valuable therapy in rehabilitating joints and strengthening muscles.

AG Veterinary Physiotherapy has a sophisticated underwater treadmill, packed with the latest technology and comprehensive features. Our level 4 qualified hydrotherapists treat patients from our well-equipped clinic base in Warwickshire, close to Banbury and Leamington Spa. 

To book an appointment or discuss your dog, please get in touch.

What is Canine Hydrotherapy?

Canine hydrotherapy uses the properties of warm water to rehabilitate and improve general range of motion and stride pattern in a controlled environment. It is a form of treatment that uses the properties of water to help recovery from injury or provide pain relief.

Hydrotherapy utilises buoyancy to support the dog and reduce weight-bearing to help encourage movement, flexibility and range of motion. It can help and support a wide range of conditions, such as arthritis, cruciate ligament rehabilitation and spinal cases.

As well as being very beneficial for the treatment and prevention of injuries, hydrotherapy can play an important role in general fitness and muscle strengthening making it popular amongst canine athletes. Plus, many dogs find exercising in water fun!

What are the benefits of hydrotherapy for dogs?

Reduces pain, stiffness, and inflammation
Encourages improved range of motion and flexibility
Enhances healing times
Encourages correct gait patterns in a controlled environment
Encourages limb loading and placement
Provides mental stimulation
Improved fitness
Develops muscle mass

Conditions that can be helped by canine hydrotherapy

Hip dysplasia
Elbow dysplasia
Cruciate ligament injuries
Spinal injury or disease
Patella luxation
Muscle strains and strains
Pre- and post-operative rehabilitation
Weight loss / management

Our canine Hydrotherapy clinic

With a state-of-the-art Tudor canine underwater treadmill, we can provide hydrotherapy sessions to complement our veterinary physiotherapy services.

All treatments are undertaken by trained and qualified veterinary physiotherapists who can create bespoke treatment programmes for the individual patient.

Our hydrotherapy treadmill incorporates the latest technology and features that enable sophisticated programming. As well as being easy for our canine patients to access and powerful enough for the largest of dogs, it also has recording functionality to allow us to review sessions and share with vets.

Price List

Initial Veterinary Physiotherapy Session


Your dog's first visit will include an assessment and we'll discuss a treatment plan with you.

Duration: approx 1 hour

Hydrotherapy Session


Once your dog has been for it's initial session and assessment, the subsequent hydrotherapy sessions will take place as per the plan.

Duration: 30-40 mins

Combined Treatment


A combined hydrotherapy and physiotherapy follow-up session. This applies to dogs that have already had separate physio and hydro assessment appointments and require on-going treatment.

Duration: approx 1 hour

10 x Hydrotherapy


A discount is available for those wishing to book and pay for a block of ten sessions in advance.

Duration: 30-40 mins x 10
All prices exclude VAT
If you are a member of a sporting team, please contact us to discuss a group package for you and your team members.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any other questions or would like to discuss our treatment options, please contact us.
How often should a dog have hydrotherapy?
Each patient is individual, and their treatment needs to be determined based on their specific requirements. For some conditions, treatments maybe once or twice a week – others less frequent.

Many sporting or agility dogs use hydrotherapy weekly for its fitness and muscle strengthening benefits.
What does hydrotherapy do for dogs?
Hydrotherapy can be used as part of a rehabilitation programme, for weight loss or general maintenance, or as part of your sporting dog's training programme.
Do I need a referral from a vet?
If your animal is currently being treated by a vet for lameness or poor performance, veterinary consent is required. Veterinary consent is not required for maintenance or competition care if the animal is fit, sound and healthy.
Why should a dog have hydrotherapy / what conditions does it help?
The buoyancy properties of water are used to support the dog which reduces the effect of gravity and facilitates easier movement.

As well as being very beneficial for the treatment and prevention of injuries and conditions such as arthritis or hip dysplasia, hydrotherapy helps build overall fitness and muscle strength making it popular amongst canine athletes.

Attending a Hydrotherapy Session

Please ensure your pet has not eaten for three hours prior to underwater treadmill sessions
Allow your pet the opportunity to go to the toilet before they enter the clinic
If your pet accidentally goes to the toilet in the treadmill and the following patient sessions need to be cancelled, a charge of £50 will be payable
Please make sure you clean up after your pet, bins are provided at the clinic
Please ensure your pet is suitably restrained using either a collar and lead or a harness
If your pet is showing signs of vomiting or diarrhoea, or has open wounds or sore, please contact us to re-arrange their appointment to a time when they are recovered
Our clinic includes shower and pet hair drying facilities so that you can dry your dog before you leave

Arranging Hydrotherapy for your dog

If you think your dog will benefit from hydrotherapy, or you would like more information about how we could help you, please get in touch.

If your dog is currently receiving veterinary treatment or is injured, you may need veterinary consent or referral, but we can discuss the necessary requirements for this with you.

Our team is skilled and caring and will work to help reduce pain, improve performance, support rehabilitation and determine a personalised plan to best suit the dog and owner.