• Improves a dog's muscle tone
  • Rebuilds muscle after wastage
  • Treats poor circulation
  • Dog weight management

plus many more...


Frequently Asked Questions & Information

As of yet there is no formal study or course for canine hydrotherapy and as of September 2005 there are no formally recognised qualifications in canine hydrotherapy.  Some centres, try to set benchmark standards of treatment, operation, training, supervision, first aid, record keeping and water quality for all clients. At Quincy's we also conduct research into canine hydrotherapy and welcome enquiries or contributions from any interested party in this respect. At our centre the staff are often experienced dog handlers, - breeders/competitors/trainers, who have owned a variety of dogs and who accept our own Aims and Code of Practice for the benefit of the dogs that we treat. This involves our staff:-

  • Liasing with veterinary surgeons prior to commencing hydrotherapy treatment. 
  • Ensuring water quality of the highest standard and keeping detailed records.
  • Maintaining formal records of each individual dog, condition, treatment and progress.
  • Liasing with veterinary surgeons after commencing the hydrotherapy treatment

In this way veterinary surgeons, pet insurance companies and - most importantly the dog owner - can use the pools in confidence.  

Benefits of swimming: -
Swimming helps to improve general fitness and stamina, improves muscle tone and is helpful in recovering from injury or operation. Muscle wastage begins within 3 days of any immobilisation so to prevent further weakness or injury it is important to rebuild, through safe exercise, any muscles that have deteriorated. The primary focus for hydrotherapy is for rehabilitation purposes. Just as with people, hydrotherapy can be used for animals after an injury or surgical procedure, or for chronic conditions, to help regain strength and mobility. It has been proven to speed recovery time from surgery, improve function and minimize complications such a muscle spasms, muscle atrophy, weakness, decreased range of motion, depression, poor circulation and refusal to bear weight. Early intervention may help animals to recover more quickly and completely.

Conditions helped by Hydrotherapy:
Studies have shown that hydrotherapy can help, both before and after surgery, to minimize the negative effects of a variety of conditions such as:

    1. Hip Dysplasia
    2. Cardiovascular Conditioning
    3. Spinal Injury or Surgery
    4. Obesity
    5. Elbow Dysplasia
    6. Hyperactivity
    7. Depression
    8. Osteochondrosis (OCD)
    9. Cruciate Ligament repair
    10. Cartilage Problems

How long will an animal need therapy?

Every animal is an individual; therefore the effects of therapy are different for each pet. Depending on your pet's presenting condition and the desired goals, therapy can last anywhere from 1 month (a few visits) to a few months or longer if a maintenance schedule is necessary. Although the aim is to help a dog reach full potential as quickly and effectively as possible, there are those pets that will benefit from and need therapy for maintenance. 

What if my pet can't or doesn't want to swim?

Hydrotherapy is very beneficial to non-walking dogs or for those dogs who have never swum before. The therapy is done in a very relaxed and caring way. Flotation jackets and hoists are normally available with most centres for dogs that need them. 

What if my pet is hard to handle, can they still be worked on?


Most centres are equipped to handle all sizes and types of dogs. Aggressive dogs are handled carefully, normally with owner participation. This is to keep the dog comfortable and calm. In our experience, a dog that is aggressive in certain settings may be aggressive during therapy initially because of pain, stress, or fear. Once the dog becomes used to the therapy setting, the aggression tends to disappear. Dogs with trust issues are handled much the same way. All dogs are much more comfortable because of the owner/handler is participating in the therapy. 

How soon after a surgery can my dog begin therapy?

Normally with your vets approval, as soon as the stitches are removed. 

Is there anyone who is not a candidate?

In some instances centres do not recommend therapy or they may discontinue the therapy. However, special considerations are given to the following condition: Congestive heart failure, enlarged heart, epilepsy, diabetes, internal or external bleeding, and asthma. Notify your therapist of any conditions your pet may have and together, under veterinary supervision, can approach the concerning issue(s). 

Will the pool chemicals hurt my pet?

We have not had any adverse affects from the chemicals used in maintaining our pools. However, all the animals should always be rinsed and thoroughly bathed before leaving any facility. 

Why do I need a veterinarian's recommendation?

PURPOSE: To ensure that: -

  • An accurate diagnosis of any condition being treated is known, together with details of any treatment, surgical procedure or medication that has been undertaken or administered to the dog.
  • The dog's veterinarian has the opportunity to pass on any areas of danger or caution.
  • A qualified veterinary surgeon has deemed that the dog's general state of health is such that it is safe for the animal to undergo hydrotherapy.
  • The dog's veterinarian is kept informed of the progress of any dog undergoing hydrotherapy treatment.

Who is Quincy?
Quincy's Hydrotherapy Centre has been running since 2004. The centre was originally set up for the owners New Foundland, Quincy.
Through unfortunate circumstances, Quincy lost his back left leg due to negligence on what should have been a simple operation, and what made things worse is Quincy had a Hip Dysplasia in the back right leg.
QUINCY was just 2 years old at the time!! As Quincy was full of life and even though the vets recommended that Quincy be put to sleep, the owner like yourself would not accept this and therefore built a hydrotherapy unit. 
Through the use of Hydrotherapy, Quincy now aged 7, leads a very mobile and active life chasing balls and running the grounds of the farm where he lives even giving the rabbits a run for their money.

Quincy's is based in St Albans, Hertfordshire, UK, on 10 acres of landscaped land and is proud to sponsor such causes as the RSPCA in providing free hydrotherapy sessions.
The RSPCA's vision is to work for a world in which all humans respect and live in harmony with all other members of the animal kingdom. At Quincy's Hydrotherapy Centre we are honoured to be able to support such a worthy cause.

You are able to find more details about Quincy's Hydrotherapy Centre on www.hydrofordogs.co.uk or you can contact us on 07957 167 824