Do you use chlorine or other harmful chemicals in the pool?
The primary sanitation is provided by a state of the art ozone system, which is completely safe for your dog and provides therapeutic benefits for their skin. Also, an advanced automated system is used to put only an extremely small amount of chlorine in the pool (100 times less than is in your drinking water) to kill any residual bacteria that may be present. There is also an automated pH system that continually monitors pH to ensure proper balance for each dog.
What do you do to ensure safety?
The hydrotherapy pool is only 4.5 ft. deep. Any deeper may put both your dog and the therapist at risk. We never force your dog into the pool and for those enthusiastic pups, we don’t allow them to jump off the edge of the pool. We also only allow one dog in the pool at a time. We gently encourage your dog to swim, when he or she is ready, not before. Your dog is never bullied.
The pool room floor is coated with a non-slip material, so when your dog shakes water all over the place, neither one of you will slip and fall. The pool room is secured via double sets of doors, so your dog cannot accidentally escape. We have separate entry/exit points to our pool room to avoid possible confrontations between dogs.
What can I expect from my dog’s hydrotherapy session?
We value your time, so you can expect that (barring an emergency) your appointment will start on time. You will be present in the pool room to watch your dog in the water and cheer him or her on during the session if you’d like. We respect your dog’s feelings about the pool, and therefore will ease him or her into the pool as appropriate. Each session is tailored to your dog’s specific needs, capabilities, and health concerns.
When the session is over, you and your dog will be escorted into our private drying room, where you’ll be able to finish drying your dog or simply spend some quiet time together. When you’re ready, you’ll exit through the private drying room door to the parking lot.
What happens if my dog poops or vomits in the water?
If a dog defecates or vomits in the pool, it contaminates the water making it unsafe to swim. When this happens, we must immediately shut the pool down and contain the damage. The pool must remain closed for 12 to 24 hours or longer depending on the severity of the damage, resulting in loss of revenue to the business. For this reason, the swim session is immediately cancelled, and payment is non-refundable. We also reserve the right to assess the dog parent an additional fee of $200 to partially cover the cost of cleanup.
What happens if you can’t get my dog in the pool?
We NEVER force your dog in the pool. Instead, we work with you and your dog to gently get your dog into the pool. While we will try during the entire scheduled session, there are no guarantees, because we do not force any dog in. In the unlikely event that we are not able to get your dog into the pool during your scheduled session, we will refund you ½ of your session price.
What if my dog hates or is afraid of the water?
We are specifically trained to work with dogs who have issues with water. We are very patient and will work slowly and gently to get your dog accustomed to the pool.
How do you get dogs in and out of the water, especially if they hate or fear water?
We develop trust by working closely with you and your dog, and then gently, calmly, and lovingly encourage them into the water. We don’t use any mechanical devices (for example, lifts or hoists) to get dogs into or out of the water. These devices frighten your dog. Our method eliminates any fear associated with the pool and water in general.
How do I get my dog ready for his or her swim session?
If your dog has no bowel control problems, don’t feed him or her for at least 6 hours. If your dog does have bowel control problems, withhold food for at least 8 to 10 hours. Plan to arrive 10 minutes early so you can potty your dog in our backyard prior to your session.
How many dogs do you swim during each swim session?
Only one dog at a time. We do this for the safety of your dog(s).
We do not have dog pool parties, or put dogs who don’t know each other in the pool at the same. To do so is irresponsible and potentially dangerous.
How many sessions are required before I see an improvement in my dog?
That depends on your dog, the situation, and/or your veterinarian’s recommendation. We may offer advice after assessing your dog, but we will never dictate to you how many sessions your dog will need. The decision is yours alone.
Is hydrotherapy only for older dogs or those with health issues?
No! Any dog, any age can benefit from warm water swim therapy. Visit our Services page to see how aqua therapy can help dogs of all ages and health and fitness levels.
Can I swim with my dog?
Unfortunately, no. In canine aqua therapy, Florida law, the Health Department, and our liability insurance prohibits anyone other than staff from being in the pool. However, you can be poolside to watch your dog swim. We encourage you to be poolside, to cheer your dog on, and help maximize his or her pool experience.
How long are your swim sessions?
Sessions are booked either by the hour or by the half hour, depending on how many dogs you have. Hour long sessions include a maximum of 50 minutes in the pool (two 25 min sessions) and half hour sessions include a maximum of 25 minutes in the pool. Pool time can be reduced depending on how long it takes to get your dog in the water and if your are on time for your appointment. The additional time is used to get your dog into and out of the pool, do a bit of drying, etc. We value your time and pride ourselves on starting your dog’s session on time.
What is the water temperature in your pool?
Typically we maintain a temperature of around 92 degrees.
Do I need to bring towels?
No you don’t – not for drying your dog. We provide towels, and towel dry your dog after leaving the pool. If you choose, you can then spend some time in our drying room thoroughly drying your dog prior to leaving our facility (using our towels or our blow dryer). At your discretion, you may want to put towels on your car seat, in case your dog is not completely dry when you leave.