TEL. 01763 838 536
Three Counties K9 Hydrotherapy are a fully insured, Level 3 Certified, purpose built canine hydrotherapy centre, commited to helping dogs reach their full health capacity through correct swimming and physiotherapy.
We are based in Chrishall in a beautifully peaceful location, just off the A505 with easy access from Cambridge, Royston, Saffron Walden, Buntingford and the surrounding villages and easy onsite parking.
Our senior hydrotherapist and owner, Helen Canney, is a Level 3 qualified small animal hydrotherapist as well as being the proud owner of our cover model, 'Millie', and a rather gorgeous horse, 'George'.
Hydrotherapy is a long established treatment for a whole host of canine (and other animal!) conditions. Osteo-arthritis, Cruciate Ligament issues and hip and elbow dysplasia are a few of the many conditions which are proven to benefit immensely from hydrotherapy.
You may also wish your dog to swim to help lose weight, or simply because they enjoy it soo much! This can also be accomodated.
We recognise that this may be a stressful time for you - dealing with your canine companions when they are struggling and in pain is an extrememly hard situation to deal with and one with which we can completely sympathise.
At our centre, your dog (and you!) will be dealt with sensitively and compassionately. We will work with your vets to provide the best form of treatment, including - if needed and with your consent - bringing in a veterinary physiotherapist to work along side us.
All treatment sessions are run using positive reinforcement and encouragement, carefully selected toys may be used to motivate the dog and we hope that as the owner, you will wish to be involved in the session, albeit generally from the water's edge! Your dog will progress at their own rate, with heart rate and breathing monitored thoughout the session to ensure that they are comfortable and working within their limits.
To ensure your dogs safety and comfort, we have the full collection of top of the range' brand, Ruffwear harnesses and buoyancy coats, the use of which will be discussed at your initial consultation.
In the vast majority of cases, your dog will be accompanied in the water by the trained Hydrotherapist to help and guide the dog and ensure that it is swimming in the most beneficial way for it's condition. After several sessions, as your dog gets used to the water and depending on the reasons for hydrotherapy, it may be possible to join your dog in the water, which is a lovely experience.
We try and make your visit stress free and enjoyable, with easy access onsite parking and free tea and coffee, while you see your dog enjoying and benefitting from this positive treatment.
You may have come across us from a recommendation, a veterinary referral, through a friend, from an internet search or even seen our sign! Either way, the process for booking and appointment remains the same.
1. Ring us for a chat, it is always easier to call and talk to us about your canines (or other small animal!) needs. If you would prefer to contact us by email, please use the email address above.
2. Contact your veterinary surgery, even if your dog is coming just for a bit of light relief, we still require a referral form signed from your vet. The form can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of this page and sent back by email, a good quality picture, by hand or post, either straight from the vet's surgery or via yourselves. Certain rare conditions can be a contraindication for hydrotherapy and it is important for the safety of your dog (and our insurance) that we rule these out before commencing. Obviously, if your dog is coming for therapuetic treatment, we will need the details of the condiiton, so that we can tailor our sessions to suit.
3. Once the referral form has been received by us, we will call you to make an appointment. First appointments include a full consultation regarding the dog, it's condition and history and usually an introduction to the water, and therefore can take up to two hours.
First consultations cost £35 with subsequent sessions costing £25.
We will then book in mutually convenient subsequent swims, normally once or twice per week. If you are limited by insurance on how much you are covered for treatment, we recommend and would see a greater benefit from swims over a shorter time frame rather than stretching them out.
It's hard to believe that only a month ago Barney was terrified of going anywhere near water. We started taking Barney to hydrotherapy to increase his confidence. Helen was incredibly patient with him and made sure that he felt happy and relaxed during his sessions. The video (https://www.facebook.com/kat.tash/videos/10153722036391430/) speaks for itself, he is well and truly a water dog now and we can't thank you enough.