Certified Canine Hydrotherapy or No?
The other day, a friend of mine was telling me how a couple years ago she had hired a canine hydrotherapist to work with her dog. Sophie, a beagle mix, was older, had severe arthritis and didn’t want to move around too much. My friend considered hydrotherapy and thought it would be a great way to provide relief of pain, inflammation as well as get her dog moving and exercised. Unfortunately, what my friend neglected to do was to check the credentials, certifications and experience of the so called “canine hydrotherapist” she hired.
See, what most people do not realize, is that unlike human therapists who MUST be licensed and who are heavily regulated, canine body workers are not (besides certain state’s whose laws are different). She had discovered later on, that the person she hired to work with her dog, was “trained” and would basically just watch and practice swimming dogs in a pool. She was not under the supervision of anyone who was qualified to certify her and she did not have to pass a test or anything educationally related to canine hydrotherapy. This women then deemed herself qualified and started the practices of aqua therapy on dogs.
Oh my goodness! She is absolutely 100% NOT qualified to do anything in the water with any dog, ever! Sadly, the “therapist” ended up hurting the dog during the course of their hydrotherapy sessions. Most likely by using improper technique and/or lack of monitoring the dog’s vitals. According to my friend, the owner of the dog, the dog showed increased signs of pain and discomfort for many days after the swim session. This is why it is crucial to ALWAYS check the credentials of anyone you hire to perform any type of body work on your dog, be it massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, aqua therapy, etc. Always ask about the therapist’s schooling, education, certification INCLUDING how many hours were involved and how many hours they have been in the water with a dog since then. Hiring a too, LICENSED and INSURED hydrotherapist will also ensure coverage and safety of anyone at risk. Anyone who is qualified and legitimate will have no problem talking with you about this or even showing you their certification certificate.
Because canine body work is currently an unregulated field, it’s solely up to YOU, the dog owner, to make sure the person working on your dog is fully authorized. Always do your homework so your dog can stay safe, healthy and IMPROVE with their therapy. Even the most professional legitimate canine therapy centers may not be certifying everyone who actually practices hydrotherapy. No matter where you go, ALWAYS make sure all staff is certified and fully experienced. NOTE: Certified and “Trained” are two completely different meanings.
Requirements for Your Canine Hydrotherapist
* Certified from accredited institute or organization
* 50+ hours experience in a canine therapy pool
* Insured and Licensed
* Knowledge of Canine Diseases, Orthopedic Conditions, General Canine Care
* Professional, friendly, dedicated, punctual, trustworthy, honest & organized
Here at Dip’n Dogs, we take pride in our work and provide professional and top quality care to all animals. We are fully certified, licensed, insured, experienced and educated in the field of canine body work and canine care. We are here to help your dog succeed and live a long, healthy and happy life, as well as help heal them from any condition they may have. We truly believe in the practice of water therapy and the healing affects it has on all creatures.
About Dip’ n Dogs Hydrotherapy – Orlando, FL
At Dip’n Dogs Hydrotherapy, we are certified and caring professionals devoted to restoring and enhancing the health and happiness of your beloved pup. Encompassing a state-of-the-art, indoor pool, as well as a certified hydrotherapist, this can provide effective and long lasting results for your pet’s injury or illness. We are conveniently located in Orlando FL near the College Park area. Contact us today at (407) 227-0030. Our Services include the following: Indoor Hydrotherapy and In-Home Mobile Therapy for dogs. We look forward to hearing from you!