Our swimmers of the month for last 12 months - click on a month below

  • July - 2018 - Crumble Wainwright
    Crumble Wainwright


    JULY 2018


    Crumble is a 3 year old Labrador Cross with bilateral (both sides) hip dysplasia. This is a malformation of the ball at the top of the femur and or the socket. She first came to Aquavet in March this year.

    Crumble is a very nervous dog but has learnt to trust us. She has regular physiotherapy, weekly hydrotherapy and follows an exercise plan at home and is taking joint supplements.

    This has all helped to build muscle and improve comfort around her hips to support the joints. Crumble is progressing well and will hopefully be allowed off lead soon.

    She wears a swim hat because she doesn’t like the water in her ears, but she looks like a seal. (we don’t laugh, honest! )




  • June - 2018 - Rosie Webster
    Rosie Webster


    Meet the lovely Rosie. She is an 11 year old Golden Retriever. Rosie came to Aquavet in July 2017 to help build muscle and strengthen her left hind leg.

    Sadly, Rosie had to have her right hind leg amputated in November 2015 due to a tumour. It was completely successful and she has coped really well. This meant that her remaining leg has taken all the strain, and as she has aged, the muscle tone has reduced. Hydrotherapy has given Rosie non weight bearing exercise enabling her to strengthen the leg, build muscle, increase her range of movement and therefore increasing her exercise tolerance as well as improving her quality of life. Rosie wasn’t too keen to start with, but has settled now and seems to enjoy her sessions. She particularly enjoys holidays with Colin and Katherine, her devoted owners, and running on the beach.


  • May - 2018 - Tyson & Lacey Pollard
    Tyson & Lacey Pollard


    Tyson came to Aquavet in November 2017 with Osteoarthritis in his hips, stifles (knees) and hocks (ankles). He has attended physiotherapy and has exercises to do at home (when he is feeling co-operative) Tyson is a rescue Staffordshire Bull Terrier. He has had hydro previously but did not progress. When he first came to us, he was quite nervous. We spent time letting him relax in the surrounding and playing with his ball and slowly let him stand in the water until he felt safe to swim. Tyson now comes strutting through the door with his ball in his mouth, keen to start his session. During his time with us Tyson has improved his mobility, increased his exercise tolerance and above all has built muscle to support his joints. Lacey, his little sister, has also joined in by coming for a fun swim from time to time. She was also unsure about going in the pool but with a bit of patience and understanding you can achieve a lot.




  • April - 2018 - Keppie Goddard
    Keppie Goddard




    Keppie is a 10 and a half year old West Highland White Terrier. He first came to Aquavet in July 2017 with a right cruciate strain and Osteoarthritis in both his hips and stifles (knees). At that time Keppie was not his usual happy self. He was in a lot of pain with his joints and his walks had become difficult. Keppie has physiotherapy with Sarah Edge and weekly hydrotherapy on the underwater treadmill. By November Keppie had built up muscle and improved his range of movement which has given him a better quality of life. His exercise tolerance had increased and he was able to swim in the pool, which is non weight bearing, supporting his arthritic joints further. Keppie now alternates between swimming and the treadmill. He continues to have physiotherapy. Keppie is now back to his happy cheeky self, giving his devoted Mum, Lynne, the run a round. I’m sure she wouldn’t have it any other way.



  • 00 - 2018 - Buddy Gethen
    Buddy Gethen

    Buddy is 2 year old Golden Labrador who came to Aquavet following a bilateral femoral head and neck excision for hip dysplasia which was performed at Fitzpatrick’s Referrals (Super vet!).

    Buddy’s hips were not suitable for a total hip replacement.

    He started off having physiotherapy with Sarah and underwater treadmill sessions weekly. This was to help build muscle in a controlled way. Unfortunately Buddy was then diagnosed with elbow dysplasia and had to return to Fitzpatrick referrals for bilateral elbow implants.

    Buddy return to Aquavet 5 months later after strict rest. He attends twice weekly for hydrotherapy in the pool and also has weekly physiotherapy sessions to help build and maintain muscle. Buddy also has a customised back end harness to help support and correct his gait pattern.

    Buddy loves his pool sessions and is making good progress.


    .Well Done Buddy


    Anne- Marie his dedicated owner!

  • February - 2018 - Skye Moss
    Skye Moss



    Skye is an 11 year old Staffordshire bull terrier, who was referred to Aquavet with fragmented coronoid process in right fore and osteochondritis dissecams in both hocks (ankle). However you would not know this as Skye still acts like she is 11months not 11 years old.

    Fragmented coronoid process is a weakness of two small boney protrusions on the end of the ulna in the joint of the elbow. One of the small protrusions develops a crack and separates from the rest of the bone which causes pain and instability within the joint.


    Osteochondritis dissecams (OCD) is what Skye has in both her hocks and this occurs in dogs that grow quickly, the rapid growth of cartilage can exceed its own blood supply causing abnormal cartilage development which results in lameness, pain and subsequently osteoarthritis. OCD can affect any joint of the body, but mainly affects the shoulder, elbow, knee and hocks.


    Skye started her treatment around 7 months ago, by having physiotherapy with Sarah and then having her underwater treadmill treatment, which she thoroughly enjoyed. She did so well on the treadmill and came on in leaps and bounds, and just when you thought she could not enjoy anything more, Skye got transferred to the pool, which she loves because she can play with her ball!

    .Well Done Skye!

  • January - 2018 - Beau Marshall
    Beau Marshall


    JANUARY 2018

    Beau Marshall

    Beau was 18 months when he came to Aquavet in February 2017 following bilateral (both) hip replacements. His path has not been an easy one – both have dislocated and required further surgery. The left had to be removed leaving Beau with no hip joint. Due to the shear size and weight of his breed Beau pushed much of his weight onto his front legs. He put a great deal of stress on all his growing joints, muscles and tendons thus causing over extension of many of his joints and over stretching tendons rather like an elastic band. These are difficult to treat, so Beau wears supports on his hocks (ankles) one of which was custom made for him from a plaster mould. This holds his limbs in the correct position. Beau has been attending physiotherapy and treadmill sessions for nearly a year now. He has made some amazing progress much of which is due to the dedication of his owners Sam and Jessica. Beau will probably always need this support to maintain his mobility. He is a truly gentle giant who takes it all in his stride.

  • December - 2017 - Winston Naylor
    Winston Naylor

    Meet Winston who is an 8 year old miniature smooth haired dachshund. Winston came to Aquavet in June this year following a disc extrusion of the spine at T11-T12 which caused spinal compression. He had a surgical procedure called a hemilaminectomy in May 2017 which removes the extruded discs. He was non- ambulatory ( unable to walk) for a time. Winston had some deep pain response but had no proprioception meaning he knuckled his hind limbs.

    Winston started in the underwater treadmill with lots of support so we could help re-educate his gait, facilitate his legs and assist in waking up the damaged nerves to aid him back to being mobile. He started with very short session times as he tired quickly. He has now had 14 sessions and has improved dramatically in his ability to walk with less support and his time has increased on the treadmill. Winston has his treadmill sessions alternately with physiotherapy sessions with Sarah Edge .He still requires a rear end harness to protect his spine. His owners have noticed how much he has improved at home.

    Winston is such a character and we look forward to being barked at even though he should know who we are by now!


  • November - 2017 - Merlin Piechocinski
    Merlin Piechocinski



    This is the lovely Merlin who is the grand old age of 15!!

    He has been coming to Aquavet for 7 years. Merlin was diagnosed with Hip Dysplasia as a puppy but it did not bother him until he was around 7 years old. He had his first hip replacement on the right hip in 2009 at Willows Veterinary Centre. All went well and the following year he had his left hip replaced. This replacement did not recover as well as the first and Merlin ended up having a femoral head and neck excision on this hip. Now there is no hip at all on this side but it is no longer causing him any discomfort. However after this, Merlin had even more bad luck when he broke his right femur on the “good leg” on Boxing Day of all days. He now has a plate in this leg.

    Merlin alternates between the treadmill and the pool to maintain his muscle mass and also sees Sarah for physiotherapy.


  • October - 2017 - Silky Davis
    Silky Davis

    SWIMMER OF THE MONTH - October 2017

    Silky Davis

    Silky is a 6 month old Shih Tzu puppy, she started swimming in July at 16 weeks for fun. Swimming is a great form of exercise for young dogs as it is non weight bearing and doesn’t put pressure on growing joints. Too much exercise on young undeveloped joints can cause problems later in life.

    Unfortunately in August Silky was diagnosed with luxating patella. This is a condition which affects the dogs stifles (knees), the patella (knee cap) slips in and out of the trochlear groove which causes discomfort and lameness. As Silky is a young puppy and her joints and ligaments are still growing and developing the vets are hopefully, that with hydrotherapy and physiotherapy her ligaments round her stifles will become tighter and stronger making the patella more stable and will not require surgery.

    Silky has weekly hydrotherapy sessions and alternates between the pool and the underwater treadmill; she also has regular sessions with the physiotherapist.

    Keep up the good work Silky!

  • September - 2017 - Lara Blackburn
    Lara Blackburn



    Lara is a 5 year old Standard Poodle who was referred to Aquavet following cruciate surgery. Lara had a procedure called a T.P.L.O on her left stifle. T.P.L.O is a Tibial plateau levelling osteotomy and which is making curved cut to the top of the shin bone (osteotomy) up the Tibial plateau  (top of the tibia) and then rotated along the curved osteotomy in order to level the slope. Plate and screws are used to hold the Tibial plateau in place so the bone can heal in its new position. This is done in place of the cruciate ligament that has ruptured to stabilise the stifle.

    Lara did really well after her operation and just needed to build up the muscle again. She took the underwater treadmill incredibly well considering Lara is blind! She unfortunately went blind last year. This happened gradually over a couple of days due to a rare condition. Lara copes really well at home due to the wonderful care and patience of her owner. Lara has now transferred into the pool which she loves! Her owner is very happy to see her in the water again as she is unable to go in as much on her walks.

    Well Done LARA!

  • August - 2017 - Duke Long
    Duke Long

    SWIMMER OF THE MONTH - August 2017

    Duke Long

    Duke was a 12 year old Border Terrier who has swum at Aquavet with his brothers and sister, Charlie, Louis, Elvis and Ella since March 2016. Charlie started before this following an injury for which we rehabilitated him. Soon after this Duke, Louis and Ella started to swim for fun. They all thoroughly enjoy their sessions getting very excited and trying to kill all the squeaks in the toys. Sadly Ella passed away earlier this year which is when Elvis joined the family ( a cocker spaniel) who took to the pool immediately. It is with great sadness that Duke has now joined his sister over the rainbow, but we all have the memories of his happy splashy days.

    Well Done to You ALL!!