Come on in….the water is always comfortably warm at 82 degrees in our therapy pool and the air temperature is kept at a constant 74 degrees – It’s like being in San Diego every day! For dogs, 15 minutes of swimming is roughly equivalent to a 2-mile trot. Aside from being fun, there are many potential benefits to hydrotherapy:
- Improves circulation and relaxes tight muscles
- Increases range of motion in front limbs
- Gives a low impact, cardiovascular workout
- Provides good strength and resistant training
- Makes a great part of a cross training regimen for canine athletes
- Builds confidence and creates mental stimulation
Our pool is an above ground Commercial Endless Pool. Yes, this is the same type of “swim in place” pool used by professional swimmers, however there are several modifications for swimming dogs. We have a double thickness liner to protect from claws, a heavy-duty filtration system to remove hair and debris, and a combination of UV light and ultra low level chlorine for sanitation. Water quality is checked multiple times a day.
All swimming is by appointment only for current patients. An Initial Exam and Consultation with a staff veterinarian is required for new clients, all dogs who are not current patients, or dogs that have not been examined by us in the last 6 months. Standing appointments are available. All candidates for hydrotherapy should have been exposed to swimming previously or at least not terrified of water. If your dog is fearful of water in general, this will not be fun for them! Our canine rehab staff can find other forms of exercise or therapy that would be more appropriate for him/her. While swimming, all dogs will be accompanied by a swim coach. This is for the health and safety of the dog as well to provide him/her with the best experience possible. To get the most of the Endless Pool current, dogs will need to be directed to stay in the current. Life vests are available for all dogs that need extra assistance.
Reservations are for 30-minute slots, however most dogs will be swimming for a maximum of 15-20 minutes. This will allow you time to rinse/dry your dog if needed. We recommend that you BYOT (Bring Your Own Towel! And possibly some extras for the car.) See pricing and packages below.
Pricing and Packages
All patients must first have an Initial Exam and Consultation prior to scheduling a swim session. Consultation prices vary, so please call to discuss how we can best meet your pet’s needs.
All swim prices listed below are for a reserved 30-minute slot for one dog with a swim coach.
Swim sessions for Sports Medicine, Fitness and Weight Loss:
Swim sessions for Physical Rehabilitation:
Due to the high demand and limited number of swimming appointments, we must implement a cancellation policy:
If you must cancel, please give us at least 24 hours notice. Less than 24 hours notice = $15 charge on your next swim
Rules to Swim By
Every pool has to have some rules to keep everyone safe and healthy. Here are ours:
- All swimmers should be in good general health. If your dog has had diarrhea, vomiting, open sores, or any known communicable diseases 24 hours prior to their appointment, please reschedule until after they are feeling better.
- Bring any floating toys your dog enjoys retrieving.
- BYOT (Bring Your Own Towel) – this helps us keep costs down.
- Dogs must be on leash while waiting for their turn in the pool. Kennels are available for additional dogs.
- Save our filter! All swimmers must be clean and brushed at home before you come. Any heavily soiled, skunked, matted, or excessively shedding dog may be denied access.
- No puking in the pool. Please do not feed your dog for 3 hours prior to or 1 hour after swimming.
- No peeing in the pool. Allow time before your appointment time to exercise your dog outside. Incontinent dogs are not allowed in the pool.
- Sorry girls, females in season will not be allowed in the pool.
- No swimming with your dog. Only Five Elements swim coaches will be allowed in the pool with your dog. You may view from the lobby window or assist poolside to cheer on or motivate your dog.
- Be prepared to get wet. Dress accordingly and wear rubber-soled shoes if you will be in the pool area.