Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a vet referral?

Yes for both Hydrotherapy and Myotherapy a vet, referral is necessary. The form can be downloaded from our website.

Do I need to make an appointment?

All sessions for therapy require appointment arrangement, either call 01233 434068 or email

I would like my dog to learn to swim. He has not ever swum before will he be okay?

It is surprising; many dogs have not swum before. Hydrotherapy is a great way to ensure your dog can swim okay. All dogs are fitted with a buoyancy jacket; they are carefully guided into the pool down our purposely-built secure safe ramp. They will have a hydrotherapist with them to support them and aid them in the correct movements. After a few sessions, you will find that your dog really begins to enjoy their swimming.

Will there be other dogs in the pool?

No, your dog will have exclusive use of the pool. In addition to this we have an entry and exit door, this avoids any confrontational situations. This makes Snowy’s Canine Therapy Centre a safe place to bring your dog, if they feel uncomfortable around other dogs.

Does hydrotherapy help my dog lose weight?

Yes, but this would have to be in conjunction with a controlled diet.

Why can I not just take my dog to the lake or the beach and have the same effect?

Firstly, safety – when your dog is in a lake or at the beach, there is no control of their swimming, you are not aware of what is below the water and in the sea there are strong currents, that you might not be aware off. In addition to this the hydrotherapy pool is heated, therefore there is not the risk of the cold water constricting the blood vessels close to the skin, which in turn restricts the blood flow to the muscles. Therefore, the cold muscles could stiffen up and cramp, causing further damage.

Can I claim the cost of hydrotherapy or myotherapy on my pet insurance?

Please refer to your insurance company, as many companies have their own policies regarding canine hydrotherapy and myotherapy.

What happens if I am late for my appointment?

We will try to accommodate you the best we can, this could mean that your session may be shortened if there is another appointment directly after yours.

Does my dog need to be vaccinated?

All dogs attending Snowy’s Canine Therapy Centre will need to have an up to date vaccination. Homeopathic vaccinations are accepted (proof may be requested).

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.