Canine Hydrotherapy Experiences Shared Across "The Pond"
Online PR News – 22-December-2011 – – Orlando-based Hip Dog Canine Hydrotherapy & Fitness (www.hipdog.net) was recently host to Ms Monique Slaghuis of Dogpool (www.dogpool.nl), a canine hydrotherapy provider in the Netherlands.
“We were happy and honored to share our experiences with a hydrotherapy specialist from across The Pond,” says Ms Beverly McCartt, a hydro-therapist who operates Orlando’s Hip Dog along with her husband Peter.
“There are only three pools for canine hydrotherapy in all of the Netherlands,” said Ms Slaghuis. “I was delighted that Bev and Peter were open to sharing their vast experience with me. My business is just 15 months old and one of the challenges I face is getting veterinarians in the Netherlands to understand and accept the benefits of hydrotherapy. It is not a standard treatment yet in Europe, except for the UK where canine hydrotherapy is well known.”
Hydrotherapy has much greater acceptance in the U.S. — and the greater the acceptance, the greater its potential to help pets.
“Many Central Florida vets view hydrotherapy as an essential element of the healing process,” says Ms McCartt. “Still, Hip Dog faces the same challenge as Monique in building awareness among pet owners of hydrotherapy’s many benefits. A dog does not need to be in recovery from surgery to benefit from hydrotherapy; it can be part of an active lifestyle.”
Hip Dog has a long history of partnering with vets and has built a strong presence in Central Florida. The veterinarian community in Central Florida embraces hydrotherapy thanks in no small part to the dedication and proven success of Hip Dog. One of the most recent Hip Dog success stories is that of “Harper,” a Pit Bull mix puppy whose story of rescue and recovery captured national attention and landed Harper on “The Today Show.”
“Bev and Peter have true passion for what they do — and they have compassion for the dogs in their care. Dogs can sense this and I think it’s part of what makes Hip Dog so successful. Bev and Peter heal with their hands and their hearts,” said Ms Slaghuis.
Hip Dog and Dogpool offer similar services. “One of my most popular services, and one that Hip Dog also provides, is swimming lessons that properly introduce puppies to deep water. If you simply toss a puppy into a pool, it is literally in over its head. All dogs must be introduced to water properly and shown how to get out of a pool on their own,” advises Ms Slaghuis.
Sunday Open Swim – All Dogs Invited
Hip Dog invites pet owners to bring their dogs for a complimentary swim every Sunday from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. “We get both ‘regulars’ and new dogs,” says Ms McCartt. “It’s a terrific way for pet owners to introduce their dogs to our pool.”
Swimming can produce dramatic improvements in older dogs and those suffering with mobility issues. It is also beneficial to overweight dogs. “We are happy to assess your dog’s needs and explain how hydrotherapy can help,” says Ms McCartt.
“There is no ‘one size fits all’ care regimen,” adds Ms Slaghuis. Each dog receives an individualized treatment plan. It truly is a hands-on business, and I’m grateful to Bev and Peter for openly sharing their extensive knowledge with me.”
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Located in Winter Park, Florida, Hip Dog Canine Hydrotherapy & Fitness (www.HipDog.net) is the oldest canine hydrotherapy facility in Central Florida. Services include individual swim therapy for injured, disabled, and pre-operative and post-operative dogs, plus fitness and conditioning for canine athletes, overweight dogs, senior dogs and puppies. Hip Dog is a member of a member of the Association of Canine Water Therapy (ACWT), American Canine Sports Medicine Association (ACSMA), the International Association of Animal Massage & Bodywork (IAAMB0 and the International Alliance for Animal Therapy and Healing (IAATH).