Hydrotherapy referrals

At Woodcroft Veterinary Group, we are pleased to be able to offer Hydrotherapy for pets that need it.  Vets can refer cases to us to access this service.

Types of hydrotherapy sessions & fees

We offer 3 types of tailored hydrotherapy sessions: fitness, obesity and rehabilitation.

Rehabilitation Sessions

Water treadmill is a commonly used form of complementary therapy for dogs with a pre-existing or ongoing joint problem or those recovering from surgery. The natural buoyancy of the water allows supported exercise, minimising stress on joints. Greater resistance to movement also allows for slower, more controlled limb movement and increased range of motion. This is particularly important for dogs suffering with lameness, as a result of surgery or a degenerative condition, which has led to lack of use and muscle wastage.

A tailored treatment plan is created to monitor gait, pace and range of motion. Hands-on facilitation is provided where needed with use of additional supportive equipment where necessary.

Many conditions benefit from rehabilitation water treadmill including arthritis (e.g. knee, hip, shoulder and elbow), hip dysplasia, cruciate ligament injury, disc disease involving the spine and nerve damage. Rehabilitation sessions are also ideal for pre or post-operative conditioning providing a faster recovery time and return to full fitness.

Cost - £45

Duration – 60 minutes

For each 5 sessions purchased, the sixth session is free.

A free introductory session is provided for all patients who have undergone orthopaedic or spinal surgery at Woodcroft Vets. Ideally, 10-12 sessions are recommended for most post operative cases. Some insurance companies will cover hydrotherapy, albeit as a separate claim with an additional 'excess' - please ask for further information.


Fitness Sessions

Water treadmill is a great way to keep your dog in peak condition. Fitness sessions allow your dog to exercise safely whilst achieving maximum benefit to both cardiovascular fitness and endurance. Hydrotherapy allows efficient muscle strengthening due to the increased resistance of water while natural buoyancy minimises stress on the joints.

Tailored treatment plans are created to provide maximum benefit to your dog. Water level and belt speed can be adjusted to vary pace and target specific muscle groups.

Fitness sessions are ideal for flyball and agility dogs as a low impact, high intensity form of exercise.

Cost - £24.76

Duration – 30 minutes


Obesity Sessions

Overweight dogs can benefit from water treadmill sessions alongside a healthy, reduced calorie diet. Hydrotherapy provides an efficient and safe form of exercise. The natural buoyancy prevents over-exertion through encouragement of slow, controlled movement and reduces weight loading through already strained joints. Water resistance also allows maximum cardiovascular work and muscle strengthening within a safe, supported environment.

Tailored treatment plans are created to provide maximum benefit to your dog. Water level and belt speed can be adjusted to vary pace and buoyancy support to alter the degree of intensity of the work out.

Obesity sessions are ideal for dogs whose exercise tolerance is limited on land as a result of their weight. Water treadmill assists with weight loss while providing an outlet for safe, efficient exercise for a faster return to fitness and improved quality of life.

Cost - £24.76

Duration – 30 minutes


**Fitness sessions are only available to dogs who do not currently suffer from any orthopaedic conditions and are registered with Woodcroft Veterinary Group

**Obesity sessions are only available to those clients who are enrolled in the Woodcroft weight clinics program

What happens during a hydrotherapy session?


All hydrotherapy appointments are booked by contacting our CHA approved & inspected Woodcroft Veterinary Centre Cheadle.

We offer 3 types of tailored hydrotherapy sessions: fitness, obesity and rehabilitation. A rehabilitation session lasts 60 minutes, whilst obesity and fitness sessions are 30 minutes long. Dogs walk for between 2 and 10 minutes with rest periods. Initially, we start with shorter walks and build up the length of each walk during subsequent hydrotherapy sessions. If patients are hydrophobic the water levels are increased very gradually.

During rehabilitation sessions, a health check is performed at each session, allowing us to discuss current medications and progress. Muscle mass (triceps, quadriceps), waist & chest sizes are measured and recorded for serial assessment. Finally, all dogs are bathed before and after (to clear chlorine from your dog’s coat) each walk. Dogs are dried before going home.

Meet the team

Abigail Beswick  Advanced Certificate in Veterinary Physiotherapy, BSc (Hons) Equine therapy and rehabilitation, EMAP (Dist) Equine sports and remedial massage practitioning

Refer a patient

Refer a patient

We can treat various cases at our Woodcroft Veterinary Hospital. Vets can refer a case either online or by downloading our Referrals form:

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