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

  • 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!!

  • July - 2017 - Riley Colbeck
    Riley Colbeck

    Here we have 3 year old Riley, a chocolate Labrador who first came to Aquavet in May 2016. Riley has elbow dysplasia and came to us after having his left cruciate ligament repaired using the TTA (Tibial tuberosity advancement) technique. This uses an implant to stabilise the stifle (knee). Later the same year Riley unfortunately had another setback and had a luxating patella on the same leg. This was stabilised using a Ridgestop, which is another implant that works by stopping the patella ligament from slipping out the trochlear groove. Riley also has had his right cruciate ligament repaired using a titanium Orthofoam wedge, which is similar to how he had the left cruciate ligament repaired.

    We first treated Riley in the treadmill to reduce the risk of causing any further injury as it’s a more controlled form of exercise. After quite a long period of time on the treadmill, Riley was stable and had improved his muscle tone enough to be transferred to the hydrotherapy pool. This is helping improve his muscle further and build his core strength. Riley has taken to the pool like a duck to water and really enjoys his swim. Riley is a lovely dog and has taken all these complications in his stride and has that get up and go attitude to life.


  • June - 2017 - Harvey Checkley
    Harvey Checkley

    Harvey is a 13 year old Golden Retriever. He comes to Aquavet with arthritis in both hind limbs, crepitus (crunching) in both carpus (wrists) and spinal stenosis. Harvey first came to us in July 2014. His spinal stenosis means the nerves from his spine are being crushed which results in him knuckling his hind paws. To alleviate this Harvey wears a harness with therabands ( big elastic bands) attached from the harness to his paws which lifts his paws as he walks therefore preventing him from knuckling. Harvey sees both a chiropractor and Sarah, our physiotherapist. One week we treat him in the treadmill and the other in the pool. This gives Harvey the best results of maintaining both his muscle mass and gait pattern. Harvey is a very laid back chap and will do anything for a treat! He can be a bit of a Mummy’s boy – following his owner Debbie everywhere. Harvey also has a younger brother at home – Enzo – who is not a fan of water!!

    Well Done HARVEY

    Keep Up The Good Work.

  • May - 2017 - Mallow & Rowan Pike
    Mallow & Rowan Pike



    Meet Mallow and Rowan.

    Mallow is a 1 year old Springer Spaniel x Labrador who comes to Aquavet because he has elbow dysplasia and hip dysplasia. Mallow has had an arthroscopy in both elbows and had a Proximal Abducting Ulnar Osteotomy last year. This is where the bone is cut to move the weight bearing forces from the damaged part of the joint to the healthy outer part of the joint.

    Mallow has physiotherapy once a month and has hydrotherapy weekly as it is non weight bearing and good for both his elbow joints and his hip joints.

    Rowan is a 7 year old chocolate Labrador who swims after his brother for fun. He loves to make a splash and we have mops at the ready when Rowan is swimming.



  • March - 2017 - Rastas Leeman
    Rastas Leeman

    This is the lovely cheeky chap Rastas.

    He has been coming to Aquavet for just over 4 months now. He came with multiple issues with his hind limbs, including bilateral hind limb lameness, which was worse on his right. This could have been because he was diagnosed with medial patella luxation, osteoarthritis and had a ruptured cranial cruciate ligament, all on the right stifle joint. Rastas also has osteoarthritis in the left stifle and to a mild degree in both of his hips.

    He started off by having physiotherapy with Sarah Edge and was given a home exercise plan to follow. Then he went on the underwater treadmill because this is more controlled so Rastas didn’t cause anymore issues. Rastas did really well on the treadmill and loved to walk for his favourite squeaky red ball.

    Now Rastas is stable enough to go in the pool and is really enjoying his swims, for his squeaky red ball of course!! He is now doing really well.

    Well Done Rastas!!!

  • February - 2017 - Holly & Ralph Bowen
    Holly & Ralph Bowen

    Meet the lovely Holly and Ralph.

    Holly is a 10 year old Collie x Retriever who has been coming to Aquavet for nearly 3 years. She swims every fortnight with her brother, as she can be intermittently lame on her left fore and it also helps her joints as she ages. If Holly sees you with a treat she will most certainly swim towards you!

    Now here’s Ralph. Ralph is a 2 year old Golden Retriever, who first came to Aquavet as an 8 week puppy to watch his sister swim. Soon after this he started swimming for fun.

    Ralph has also been diagnosed with mild hip dysplasia, mainly on his right hip. However because he has been having hydrotherapy since a puppy, he has built up enough muscle to protect his hips so it doesn’t give him any problems and he isn’t on any pain relief, but his owner Louise is aware of this. Ralph takes full advantage of his “fun” swim and likes to make a splash!!

    Well Done Holly & Ralph!

  • January - 2017 - Millie Thearle
    Millie Thearle

    Millie is a 9 year old black Labrador who first came to Aquavet 16/11/16. Her owner was very distressed as Millie was non ambulatory with degenerative joint disease (arthritis). It was difficult to determine if this was the only cause for Millie to not walk but without a lot of invasive investigations this was unknown. Mr. Thearle approached us to ask if there was anything we could do to help Millie. As always, we do not have a crystal ball nor are we able to make promises, but what we will always do is our best. Millie commenced an intensive programme of physiotherapy with Sarah Edge and hydrotherapy with us. At the beginning of December Millie had started to make an effort to sit up. With a lot of support she could walk. Millie can now walk unaided but should still be assisted with a hind harness to take some of her weight and protect her spine from further injury. We would all like to take the credit for Millie’s miraculous recovery, we are not entirely sure how this has come about, but we are delighted that it has.

    Well Done Millie!

    Keep Up The Good Work.

  • December - 2016 - Islay and Iona Sharpe
    Islay and Iona Sharpe

    Here we have the lovely sisters Islay and Iona, who have both just had there 14th birthday!

     They have both been having hydrotherapy at Aquavet for 7 years and attend on a fortnightly basis.

    Islay started at Aquavet having hydrotherapy after she tore her left cruciate ligament and which was repaired by lateral suture. She also has arthritis in her right hind.

    Because Islay was coming for hydrotherapy it was only fair that her owner Anne brought Islay’s sister Iona for a fun swim. Hydrotherapy has kept the girls fit and mobile allowing them to lead an active life.

    Islay is also the face of Aquavet as she is on the cover of our leaflets!

    Well Done ISLAY AND IONA!

  • November - 2016 - Sasha Myers
    Sasha Myers

    Meet Sasha, a 5 year old European Shepherd.

    Sasha came to Aquavet as she had been diagnosed with bilateral hip dysplasia and wanted to build up some muscle to support her hips.

    She has been having hydrotherapy for 6months now on a weekly basis.

    Sasha has become a very strong and confident swimmer and is building muscle well. Her owners have also seen an improvement in her at home.

    She particularly enjoys swimming for her ball and is very excitable, so much so, you know when Sasha arrives for her swim as you can hear her before you can see her!


  • October - 2016 - Alfie Wood
    Alfie Wood

    This is Alfie a 6 year old Cockerpoo who came to Aquavet following an operation to repair his cruciate ligament on his right hind. The ligament was repaired by TTA (Tibial Tuberosity Advancement). This procedure is treated as a fracture as it involves cutting the tibia to realign the ligaments so the sliding of the stifle is eliminated.

    Alfie started his rehabilitation on the underwater treadmill as this is more controlled and we can assess his gait more easily. He also has physiotherapy with Sarah and is following a home exercise plan.

    Alfie had a slight set back in June when he had to have another operation to remove some of the metal work in his knee. After which Alfie made great progress and his stifle has become stable enough for him to be transferred to the pool.

    Alfie is really enjoying his swim as he gets to play with his ball and is doing really well!

    Well Done Alfie!

  • September - 2016 - Sassy & Blue Scholefield
    Sassy & Blue Scholefield


    SEPTEMBER 2016


    This is Sassy an 11 year old GSD who comes for hydrotherapy to help with her osteoarthritis. She had pain in her stifles, hips and spine with significant muscle atrophy on her hind limbs, particularly the left. Sassy has physiotherapy every fortnight and has been given a home exercise plan which has helped her come on leaps and bounds. Sassy wasn’t too sure at first but now she is a confident swimmer and we have a job to get her out!

    Sassy’s owner has noticed a vast improvement in her.

    And now meet Sassy’s not so little brother Blue.

    Blue is a 5 month old GSD who swims for fun. As Blue is still growing swimming is a great form of exercise which helps burn off extra energy, without being detrimental to his joints. This is due to it being non weight bearing, and puts less pressure through his growing limbs.

    We keep telling him he will grow into those ears one day!!

    Well Done Sassy and Blue!