Hydrotherapy at Battersea

Much like for humans, hydrotherapy is an effective way to rehabilitate and manage orthopaedic conditions in dogs. It can also help alleviate many of the common pains and ailments that they experience. We’re delighted that thanks to the support of our generous sponsors, we have our own state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool right at the heart of our Battersea London centre, with a 6x3m pool, resistance jets and an underwater treadmill. These facilities mean our dedicated staff are able to support the post-operative rehabilitation and recovery of our most vulnerable animals and to help further enrich the lives of all the dogs in our care.

How Hydrotherapy can benefit your dog

Hydrotherapy can be beneficial for all dogs, of all ages, so we’re thrilled that we will also be offering a series of different hydrotherapy courses, open to members of the public and their dogs.

Whether you’ve been referred specifically by your vet, or are looking to help your dog safely lose a few pounds or even just want to familiarise your puppy with the water, Battersea has a range of hydrotherapy courses on offer, all led by our team of expert hydrotherapists and veterinary physiotherapists.

A dog and member of staff using the new hydrotherapy facilities

Fun water sessions for your dog

30-minute swim: £30

  • 10% discount available when booking 5 sessions in one go
  • 15% discount available when booking 10 sessions in one go

Puppy swimming lesson

Puppies become more confident by experiencing new things in a positive way when they are young. During a 30-minute introductory swimming session our experienced staff will ensure that your puppy has an enjoyable experience with water, as well as using positive training techniques to build up their confidence in being handled by new people. Your puppy will also have the chance to positively experience new equipment and our fully qualified staff will support them in their introduction to swimming and movement in water. These sessions are a fun, productive way to tire them out and get their exercise in as well as teaching your puppy to swim, without applying too much pressure to their growing joints. Each session is scheduled for 30 minutes.

Fun dog swims – including water treadmill

These sessions are designed for dogs without a medical need for hydrotherapy or water physio. With the emphasis on fun and movement, these swims take place in the hydrotherapy pool and on the water treadmill and are a way to vary your dog’s exercise and provide them with different enrichment styles to keep their brains and bodies active. They can also be used to build up fitness where required (for example if you regularly take part in activities such as agility) or as maintenance sessions to help keep your dog in tip top condition.

Dog weight management course

Hydrotherapy, or water therapy, is ideal for dogs following weight loss and management programmes. The low impact of exercise in the water helps to reduce the strain on their joints whilst still burning calories. These sessions will be tailored to help achieve and maintain targeted weight loss for your dog.

Medical Hydrotherapy sessions

60-minute initial medical consult and swim: £60
Follow-up session prices will vary depending on the number of staff members required and the treatment time needed. Prices range from £45 to £60

  • 10% discount available when booking 5 sessions in one go
  • 15% discount available when booking 10 sessions in one go

Hydrotherapy, or water therapy, can be extremely beneficial both pre-and-post-operatively for your dog, and to help manage a variety of conditions. We require your pet to be signed off by your vet using our consent form to make sure they are suitable for hydrotherapy, and it is safe for them to take part. After an initial assessment we will work with you and your vet to tailor your dog’s physio programme to benefit them.

How to book

To book your session, please fill out our Hydrotherapy booking request form. Once we receive your form we will be in touch with more details and to discuss your dog’s requirements.

Please be aware that as part of the booking process we will require confirmation from your vet that it is safe and advisable for your dog to take part in a session before we can confirm your booking.

Our facilities

Take a 360-degree tour of our state-of-the-art hydrotherapy centre and discover more about all the different features and their benefits, for our animals and yours.

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Frequently asked questions

Do I need a vet referral for hydrotherapy sessions?

Yes, we require all owners to at least have confirmation from their vet that Hydrotherapy is safe and suitable for their dog. This is so that our team is made aware of any relevant conditions, and to give our hydrotherapists the specifics of any injuries or ailments that they are looking to support the treatment of. As part of the booking process we will provide you with a form for your vet to complete which will gather all the necessary information.

Can I claim the cost of my session through pet insurance?

It is worth checking your insurance policy details and speaking to your insurer as it will depend on your policy. This kind of treatment may come under complementary therapies. Where you are covered by your policy, we are happy to complete your insurance form for a £12 admin fee. We will still require you to pay for your session in advance.

Will other dogs be using the pool at the same time?

No, we want to ensure that every dog has an enjoyable experience and recognise that not all dogs enjoy sharing their space. Please be aware that you may see other accompanied dogs as you enter or exit the facilities as our Battersea London site is an operational animal welfare centre.

Do I need to get in the pool with my dog?

No, our trained staff are on hand to be in the water to support your dog. Equally, while some customers may want to get in the water, this is unfortunately not something that we can accommodate due to health and safety.

Does my dog need to be vaccinated?

Yes, your dog will need to be up to date with vaccinations.

What happens if I’m unable to attend my appointment?

Please notify us as soon as possible if you are unable to attend your appointment. We do reserve the right to still charge for missed appointments if we do not receive at least 48 hours notice.

What happens if I am late for my session?

Let us know, and we will try to accommodate you and carry out as much of your session as possible. If there is another appointment directly after yours we may have to shorten your session.

How do I get to Battersea London?

Please use the entrance on 4 Battersea Park Road for Tealby’s Café. This is the entrance on the left of the bridge as you are looking at our centre from the road. Once through the black gates, follow the signs to reception where someone will be able to direct you to the Hydrotherapy centre.

The main entrance to the site is on 4 Battersea Park Road across from the bus stop

Is there parking onsite?

Yes, we have a dedicated parking space onsite which is free to use for the duration of your dog’s hydrotherapy session when requested in advance at time of booking.

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