"splashy-pups-hydrotherapy" and "fit four paws" physiotherapy

Canine Hydrotherapy Association and IAAT Physiotherapy clinic

Sheffield's "Canine

Hydrotherapy

Association" Clinic

Fully approved and registered with the CHA and

"International Association of Animal Therapists"

All treatments and therapies are carried out with pride and care by a fully qualified animal physiotherapist and hydrotherapist

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Massage and physiotherapy courses

I hold courses at certain times of the year on massage, basic first aid and physiotherapy techniques for you to learn to carry out on your own dogs

Check on my Facebook page for course dates and how to book

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Welcome to Muppets Canine Therapy

Hello, my name is Kate and let me introduce you to the caring world of Muppets Canine Therapy.

I have owned, trained and worked with dogs for the last 37 years.

Over the last 37 years I have also worked with many different animals from pigs to hamsters but i have always returned to dogs.

I love all dogs and everything about them and wish that I can do all in my power to help them remain healthy and have a good quality of life whether following surgery, to keep fit and prevent injury or simply to provide comfort in the final months from pain and discomfort.

I run a successful animal hydrotherapy and physiotherapy clinic, based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

See the 5 best reasons to visit me on the next page!!

I have been open for over fifteen years providing water therapy and physiotherapy rehabilitation treatments for many different dogs and other animals in my custom built hydrotherapy p​ool, hydro- treadmill, physiotherapy and massage clinic.

I run courses and workshops throughout the year open to owners and their dogs

I also run specific fitness sessions for active dogs and have worked with many fly-ball clubs and agility handlers. These sessions are designed to improved ability and fitness, help to prevent injury and re-habilitate injured competition dogs back to competing. I am a fully qualified animal physiotherapist and a member of the International Association of Animal Therapists.

I operate under the strict guidelines of the "Canine Hydrotherapy Association". This means that I am trained specifically in Canine Hydrotherapy, hold a level three Hydrotherapist qualification and the Hydrotherapy centre has to be run in a controlled and professional way, regarding water quality, health and safety and care of your dog.

I am also a professional dog trainer and behaviourist so I understand the needs of nervous and fearful dogs, especially those who feel pain from their conditions.

I am fully qualified in

Thermology scanning

Animal Physiotherapy

Small animal Anatomy and Physiology

Hydrotherapy for small animals

Small animal Re-habilative soft tissue repair

Thermology scanning

Small animal first aid

Canine Nutrition

Pool water management

Hydro-treadmill use

Clinical conditions in Hydrotherapy

The use of the Aquatic Treadmill

Sports and Remedial Massage Therapy

Basic rehabilitation Massage

Small animal acupressure

Canine Behaviour

Canine obedience training

Agility training

Human first aid.

I train new members in the Hydrotherapy association in the practical methods of hydrotherapy, give lectures in canine massage, injury prevention, nutrition, common disorders and pre and post competition warm up (working, fly-ball and agility dogs) and run a very successful obedience and agility club.

I have a Veterinary surgeon and a Veterinary nurse on call at all times.

As I am a full member of the CHA, most pet insurance companies will be very happy to pay out for your dogs treatment. Please note, many pet insurance companies will ask for proof that your chosen hydrotherapy centre is approved by the CHA, so please contact them for more details.

I am a full member of the International Association of Animal Therapists

I am the Yorkshire technician for SyncCanine

Canine hydrotherapy is a safe way for your dog to receive rehabilitation therapy for damaged joints, muscles and ligaments.

Swimming in the warm water promotes faster healing and stronger, toned muscles to allow your dog to lead a happy and healthy life.

It is beneficial for many disorders such as hip dysplasia and arthritis.

The buoyancy of the water provides support and comfort for dogs suffering from pain, and helps to take away some of the discomfort

The hydrotherapy pool and treadmill in the new clinic

This pool is 3.5m x 2.5m x 1.2 m deep

The water is heated to 29 degrees and filtered 24 hours a day to keep the it as clean and as fresh as possible

The pool uses Chlorine as a detergent, which is tested for (along with 4 other tests) at least 3 x a day.

Treatment with chemicals is done over night and is safe and controlled

All dogs are showered before and after the session.

There are plenty of clean towels and a large dryer to make sure that your dog is comfortable to go home after his session.

Pool entry is via a non-slip ramps and I travel along the ramp with your dog at all times

All dogs wear either a float jacket or a full body harness for safety

I am in the water at all times with your dog

The sessions will cater to your dogs own specific needs and the best care is taken with him at all times

I try to make the sessions as much fun as possible for your dog so we use lots of toys in the water too

The initial sessions will be several short swims and lots of rests, building up over the following sessions to longer swim intervals and less rest periods

If you would like your dog shampooed after his session, just bring his regular shampoo with you, or I have both medicated and non-medicated shampoos to hand. No extra charge for shampooing, plus I have a groomer on call for any coat and nail questions.

The hydro-treadmill has a different effect on the dog than the pool. The dog enters the treadmill and the doors are secured behind him. I will be inside the treadmill with your dog as well to help them relax. Water then fills the treadmill to the desired level and once this is reached I will start the moving belt at the base of the treadmill.

The moving belt has a drawing action on the dogs legs and encourages them to walk through the water. This has the effect of improving gait, increasing muscle tone, increasing the tone of supportive muscles, increasing cardio-vascular fitness. It is harder work then the pool as the dog has to stride out so it is very effective in the later stages of rehabilitation and can also help a great deal with dogs who have older injuries and who tend to short stride or who have muscle wastage.

Show, sporting and working dogs can also benefit from the workout and indeed these treadmills are used a lot by greyhound owners, agility and fly-ball competitors.