SWIMMING AT WATSON'S!

Canine Pool opening mid July 2018

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About us!

Aqua Den is a private heated 22ft lap pool located in Canine Adventure Den Daycare.

Services!

Pool can be used for any of the following:

We have an online caledar that you can pick a time that works best for you!

If you do not find a time that works, please email us!

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Welcome

to Aqua Den Pool

Water therapy is an important activity for so many. Time in the pool helps maintain and improve movement, increase circulation and joint flexibility with decreased pain.

Swimming is also used for dogs to focus on concetrating, we use this as a physical and mental stimulation for dogs who have a hard time burning energy with traditional activities, like running and walking.

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Swimming Lessons

Intro To Water

Fun Swims

Rehabilitation

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Senior Float Sessions

 

The Best Place for Recovery!

Services

New Dog Introduction is required and is 45 mins. This is so we can meet you and your dog and make sure you both feel comfortable and safe. Shanelle will asses the reason for your visit and will reccomend the session lengths and frequency for your pet.

Benefits & Conditions

Dogs that Benefit from Swimming: 

 

All Dogs Young and Old

Agility Dogs

Show Dogs

Family Dogs

Great for Winter Season Exercise

Working Dogs

Puppies

Surgery Dogs

Emotional Healing

Keep your dog fit and trim 

Conditions that may benefit Include:

 

Joint injury/lameness

Hip/elbow dysplasia

Spinal injuries

Mobility problems

Circulatory problems

Arthritic conditions

Chronic pain

Geriatrics

Pre surgery

Warm water therapy may be perfect for:

 

Loosening up tight muscles

Increasing circulation

Decreasing swelling

Increasing endurance

Increasing flexibility

Increasing range of motion

Increasing balance and coordination

Increases body awareness

Increasing muscle strength

Relaxing and therapeutic to the soul

 

As is the case with humans, water therapy is incredibly beneficial for pet rehabilitation. Our pool provides us with the perfect environment to exercise patients. Due to water resistance, a 15- to 20-minute session is comparable to a fast run outdoors, but without the negative impact on the joints. Pets use a variety of muscle groups in the water, therefore giving them a more well-rounded, complete workout that they would receive from a run outdoors. Additionally, swimming helps to relax tight muscles and release endorphins. Endorphins are a natural pain killer and they stimulate the release of serotonin. Put simply, swimming tends to make pets happy.

 

Water therapy is ideal for pets recovering from surgery, older pets with arthritis or mobility issues, and dogs with most types of paralysis. However, the benefits of full body conditioning through swimming make it a valid therapy for any pet.

 

Swimming is a great form of exercise for every pet, regardless of their age and health status. As a rehabilitation modality, it is particularly beneficial for pets with arthritis, for those who are recovering from orthopedic surgery, pets with neurologic disorders, geriatric pets and overweight pets. However, swimming is also great for young healthy dogs who enjoy a fun way for exercise and conditioning.

 

POST-OP EVALUATION

 

Our rehabilitation specialist will evaluate your dog's post surgical condition, including a thorough analysis of your pet’s gait, limb circumference, range of motion, and balance testing, to prepare a customized treatment plan for your dog. You may ask your vet for a prescription to us and have the chance of coverage under your Pet Insurance provider. Each insurance company is different so call them to ask what your policy is.

One on One Session

Therapy With Parent

Therapy Packages

Pet Massage

Strength Training

Animal Energy Healing

Welcome To Doggy Fun Zone

Some dogs just love the water, and this heated pool is the perfect playtime for you and your dog.

We have lots of toys to play with, life jackets of all sizes, and space to run around. You can also rent our the pool for doggy birthday parties!

Some dogs are not so sure of water, but thats where we can make them feel comfortable and safe and after a few sessions they just love the water.

Parents are welcome to join in the pool with them, or you can add a fun swim on to ther daycare day for an extra fun stimulation to break up their day. 

FUN SWIM PASSES

You can buy fun swim packages which save you on each swim. When you know your dogs loves the pool, or you want to work on making them feel secure and this takes time. Multi Fun session passes are a great way to go!

FAMILY FUN PARTY SESSIONS

Have fun with up to 3 dogs and parents. Staff supervision. Please bring your own towels for this option. Should children be joining then must be supervised around the pool by parents.

BIRTHDAY TIME!!!

We have so much fun with our birthday parties (until someone poops in the pool ;)).

You have access to a small yard with the pool for extra space and potty breaks.

Email us for more details!

 

Rates

Therapy Sessions

 

Individual One on One Sessions

New Dog Intro $73.50 - First Evaluation 45 mins

 

30 mins - $39.20

45 mins - $58.80

60 Mins - $78.40

 

Therapy sessions with Parent

Parents are able to join Shanelle in the pool.

30 Mins - $49

45 Mins - $68.60

Therapy Package

 

5 Sessions - 45 mins   - $270    $55 a session

5 Sessions - 60 mins - $375     $75 a session

 

Fun Swim

We just let your dog have fun and play in the pool with trained staff supervision.  Additional family dog for extra.

15 mins - $14.70           Add a dog $5

30 mins - $29.40         Add a dog $10

40 mins - $39.20        Add a dog $15

60 mins - $58.80       Add a dog $20

 

Fun Swim Packages

Your dog will have fun in the pool. Playing with toys. Family pet to join additional charge.

 

5 Pass 30 Mins - $125        $25 a session. Add pet $10

5 Pass 40  Mins - $175       $35 a session. Add pet $20

5 Pass 60 Mins - $275        $55 a session. Add pet $30

Family Fun Party sessions

Have family fun with up to 3 dogs and parents. Staff supervision. * Must supply own towels and kids must be supervised by parents.

 

30 Mins - $68.60

40 Mins - $78.40

60 Mins - $98

90 Mins - $137.20

90 Min Birthday Pool Party   -  $196   (up to 7 dogs.)

 

Poop/Pool, Swim Spa decontamination  = $150 per incident

Invite for Veterinarians

We fully understand that you would like to see our hydrotherapy facility in action before recommending us for your client’s dogs. We invite you to bring your own dog and come out for a free swim. We would love to show you around and answer any questions you have.

Our Hydrotherapy Pool

Our 12ft x 24ft pool is heated to optimum temperature to aid in rehabilitation as it helps relaxation and assists blood flow to injured areas. It also helps reduce muscle spasms and improves dog’s range of motion.

We have a dog friendly shower station so you can rinse your dog off after their swim.

You can watch your dog swim from the viewing area in the pool or on the t.v. located in our canine fitness  area via our wireless camera system.

Pool Guidelines and Prices

If your dog has any cuts or sores please notify us before the swim.

Please make sure that your dog has been to the bathroom before getting into the pool. We have areas designated for this purpose.

 

Puppy’s First Swim

Teach your puppy to swim in a safe, warm, clean environment.

Sessions: 1/2  hour

Price: $40.00

Adult Dog Swim

Keep  your adult dog active and fit. Bring your dog’s favourite floating toy!

Sessions: 1/2 hour

Price: $ 40.00

Recreational Swimming

  • Puppy swims
  • Learn to swim
  • Swim for mental stimulation and FUN!
  • Geriatric swim program

Fitness/Conditioning Swimming

  • Athlete conditioning and cross training
  • Weight loss
  • Injury prevention and recovery
  • Strengthening and management for tripods, and conditions such as dysplasia, cruciate issues,
    arthritis, degenerative conditions
  • Pre- and post-surgery strengthening – helps speed recovery time
  • Pain relief (including swelling and stiffness)
  • Mental stimulation for dogs on restricted activity
  • Service Dogs fitness

Rates

 Rates       (GST inc. in brackets)

Swims are generally 35 minutes, followed by a rinse and toweling.                      (TOTAL w/ GST)

Initial Adult Swim*…………………..………….………$45.71   ($48)

Single Swim………………………………………….…$40.96  ($43)

5 Swim Package ………………………………….……$187.65  ($197)

10 Swim Package………………………………………$356.19  ($374)

2nd Dog in same session  (must be compatible, healthy dogs only) .……….$14.77  ($15.50)

Puppy Learn to Swim  (for puppies under 12 months,
valid for first five swims only)…………………..…………………$34.29  ($36)

Massage:

Canine Massage (approx. one hour) …………$60.96  ($64)

 Combo: Swim and Massage (approx. 90 min.) …………………..$86.67  ($91)

Forms of payment accepted:  At this time, we accept cash, cheque, or e-transfer.

*All first time adult dogs must start with an Initial Adult Swim; this session will include the initial assessment.

Please Note:  There may be an additional fee for dogs requiring more than one handler in the water (If required for the safety of your dog ie:, potentially beginning post-surgery strengthening sessions, certain spinal conditions, potentially very large dogs learning to swim – please contact us for more information)

Cancellation Policy: Should you need to cancel or change your scheduled time, please let us know at least 24 hours in advance so we can fill your spot.  Late cancellations are subject to the session charge.

 

Please Note

We are not a veterinary facility, and cannot diagnose any issues.  Participants require a completed Veterinary Remark Form prior to the first swim to determine that your dog has no contraindications to swimming, and to identify any precautions for swimming.

All participants must complete a Client Information and Release Form.

 

Facility

Coastal Canine Hydrotherapy and Fitness Centre is conveniently located mid Island – 10 minutes from Parksville and Coombs, 20 minutes from Nanaimo and 45 minutes from the Comox Valley and Port Alberni.  Our indoor, inground 16’ x 32’ (5m x 10m) heated pool is specially designed for canine use with an easily accessible ramp, and a single depth of 4’.  We use a salt chlorination cell – meaning no harsh chemicals are required to maintain a sparkling clean water quality.

 

 

For your convenience, there is a canine shower for before and/or after swim use.   Adjacent to the pool is the ‘pool paddock’ a fenced area for the dogs to relieve themselves.

We will also have a quiet space for canine massage, with a comfortable sitting area for the guardians.

Outdoors, a 80’x 80’ fenced agility field will soon be equipped, and will be available for field rental (2015).

 

Hydrotherapy Benefits

Swimming is fantastic exercise for nearly all dogs, from puppy to geriatric, athlete to sofa snuggler, healthy to recuperating from surgery or physical ailment, four legged and amputees, dogs with arthritis, neurological issues, or who have dysplastic hips or elbows.  It helps to build and maintain muscle mass, increase range of motion, improve circulation, relieve pain, stiffness and swelling, and provides mental stimulation. And of course, it is fun!

Typical goals, and conditions that may benefit from swimming in a heated, controlled environment:

  • Athlete conditioning and cross training
  • Weight loss
  • Injury prevention and recovery
  • Strengthening and management for conditions such as:
    • dysplasia – hip or elbow
    • cruciate issues
    • arthritis
    • degenerative conditions
  • Pre and post surgery strengthening – helps speed recovery time
  • Pain relief (including swelling and stiffness)
  • Service Dogs fitness
  • Geriatric exercise (low impact on joints)
  • Mental stimulation
  • Learn to swim in controlled environment to ensure future safety in open water

The benefits of hydrotherapy also depend on how often and long the dog is in the water. For some dogs, simply floating or swimming gently in water can relieve pain and inflammation. For others, more vigorous exercise, and even manual assistance, is used to increase the use of limbs and range of motion (ROM), increase muscle bulk and tone, and strengthen support for joints. After surgery or injury, this can allow an earlier return to normal use. Depending on age and condition, as little as fifteen or twenty minutes might be enough in the water (over a longer period of time, with lots of breaks that may include massage).  A very fit young dog might swim for thirty or forty minutes, depending on the activity in the water. Geriatric and arthritic dogs benefit immensely from this form of exercise by being able to move easier in the water, exercise without impact to the joints, develop and maintain muscle mass, as well as range of motion.  Even dogs with very limited hind end use on land are often able to mobilize their hind legs in water.

Hydrotherapy can also increase cardiovascular fitness and help with weight loss.  Puppies learning how to swim, fitness and conditioning swimming is a great FUN way to exercise and tire out your dog.

How does it work?

The properties of water are the key to the benefits:

  • Hydrostatic pressure – the pressure of the water on the limbs and body under water provides a support similar to an all-over support hose!  This is particularly good for relieving any swelling, but because of this property of water, dogs with a respiratory or cardiac condition are not advised to swim due to the pressure against the chest wall.
  • Viscosity – this property provides the resistance to movement – it gives friction.  Water provides much more resistance than air giving us more exercise in a shorter time without overly stressing the joints with percussion.  The resistance is on all planes of movement, so the dog is working multiple sets of muscles at the same time – each movement is concentric and eccentric.  On land, gravity assists so the muscles are used more in one direction than the other.  It also slows any ballistic movement, which decreases the chance of injury.
  • Buoyancy – the force that allows a body less dense than water to float. This means that the effects of gravity are greatly decreased – the body’s weight is reduced by 75% – 90%, depending on one’s body type (density), and how deep one is immersed. (Muscle is denser than fat, which is why heavily muscled dogs are less buoyant.)  This force allows dogs to exercise without putting weight or percussive stress on the joints.

 

Your Dog’s Swim

What happens in a swim session?

All swims are private sessions.  Your first session will be about getting to know each other, and allowing your dog to feel comfortable in the pool environment. We will discuss what your goals are, why swimming has been suggested to you (if that’s the case), take a base line fitness level, and fit your dog with the proper flotation vest or harness. We will take as much time as needed to get your dog familiar and comfortable around the pool and ramp. Some dogs will need a few sessions to gain enough confidence to actually have a full out swim, and some dogs are rarin’ to get in right from the start!

Your hydrotherapist will get in the water with your dog and be right at their side, starting with short swims so your dog learns where the ramp is.  Once they know that, they are more comfortable swimming longer straight lines, progressing to circles, serpentines, and figure eights as their confidence, flexibility, and ability grows.  If your dog is toy or treat motivated, we will use these to play, motivate, and reward. You play a huge part in motivating and developing their confidence, using recalls – with huge praise when they swim in your direction!  Frequent rest breaks are taken on the ramp, often with gentle massage.   Once confident, many dogs enjoy retrieving toys in the water – leaping in from the ramp! (Not from the edge of the pool, though.)   We are also the originators of Aquagility exercises, which you and your dog may enjoy playing!

After the swim, we will shower off  and towel dry your pup.  You’ll need to bring a towel, and maybe an extra one for the car ride home.  Please wear non-slip shoes – even a non-slip surface can get slick when wet.  We provide toys and treats, but you may wish to bring your dog’s favourite toy or treats, and if you wish, your shampoo if you’d like to use that afterwards.  At the end of the first session, you can book future swims based on your dog’s needs (packages available).  They will need to relieve themselves pretty soon after a swim – the fenced pool paddock is right out the side door.  Then prepare to have a nice quite time as your dog takes a much earned nap!

Your dog’s swim can be videoed from both under and over water, and can be made available online to you and/or your vet. With each swim, we chart your dog’s activity and progress.

                       See our YouTube channel for swim videos!

Before you come:

  • We need the Veterinary Remarks form two days prior to your swim.  This is to ensure that your dog is healthy to swim, and gives us any precautions we need to take into consideration when swimming (ie, based on any past surgeries or conditions, certain types of movement in the water may need extra support).
  • Please make sure your dog  has not had a full meal within two to three hours of the swim (you will also want to wait an hour or so post swim to feed).
  • Please allow your dog to relieve themselves before coming into the pool area.

Who should NOT swim?

Your vet can tell you, however, dogs with a respiratory or cardiac condition are not recommended to swim, nor are dogs with uncontrolled seizures.  Dogs with open wounds, or illnesses, including symptoms of vomiting or diarrhea will need to wait until healed, or symptom free for 48 hours.  (You don’t feel like swimming when you’re sick, right?)  Please call us to cancel ASAP if symptoms appear after a session has been booked.

Frequently Asked Questions

How old does my puppy need to be before swimming?

As soon as your vet has said it is safe to take your pup to public areas where other dogs frequent, you are good to go!  Usually this is after the puppy vaccinations, but speak to your vet about this.

My dog has had surgery, when can they swim?

Your vet will be able to let you know when swimming is appropriate for your dog’s stage of healing.  It will depend on the type of surgery.  The wounds and stitches must be healed before going into the water.   If surgery is coming up, you may want to consider pre-surgery strengthening swims to help the healing along on the recovery phase.

Can I swim my other dogs at the same time?

For the first swim, it is usually best to build your dog’s confidence and skill on a one-to-one basis so we can give them our full focus, (especially if this is their first time in a pool environment).  After the initial swim, yes, up to 2 dogs can swim at the same time depending on their conditions, and if your dogs get along well together.

Is swimming a dog in the ocean, a lake or river the same as swimming a dog in your facility?

The pool environment provides a much safer setting with no danger of sharp footing, rocky outcrops, currents, tides, disease, other animals, running away, etc.  They cannot roll in dead fish, nor eat anything unsavoury or dangerous, and we can always guarantee nice warm weather in the pool building!  In the pool, the dogs enter the water via a built in no-slip ramp, and we are in the water with them to ensure they are confident and safe.  Our water is heated to a therapeutic range of 30C, making it easy for any dog to have a relaxing yet invigorating and fun swim in a controlled environment.

Why does my dog need a lifejacket? She swims all summer in the lake/ river/ ocean.

Your dog may not need one, but warmer water is less dense than cold, so they will be less buoyant in the pool. A float vest (life jacket) may allow your dog to get the benefits of a longer swim without fatigue. Some dogs also require extra support in the water depending on body type; brachycephalic breeds (flatter faces with short noses such as pugs and boxers) often need just a little extra support as it is more difficult for them to breathe in physical exertion. For the first swim, all dogs will wear a vest so we can assess confidence, fitness, and swimming technique. After that, your dog may very well not require one!

Can I feed my dog before swimming?

No, you should not feed your dog a meal for 2-3 hours before your session. You should also wait 1 hour after you get home to feed your dog as well.

Oops! What about accidents in the pool?

If you potty your dog right before the swim (and quite often some need a break during the swim), this is an unlikely event.  For fecal accidents, we will need to close the pool for some time for sanitation procedures.  Because of this, we reserve the right to charge up to $200, depending on the time of day and number of cancellations.  Please make sure you allow your dog to relieve themselves prior to a swim, especially puppies and seniors.

Will the dog ever be left alone to swim?

Never! A hydrotherapist will always be with your dog in the pool, ramp, or on the deck.

What about pool chemicals/temperature?

We do not need to add chlorine or other harsh chemicals as we use salt cell chlorination. This allows the pool to remain sparkling clean and sanitized, with a gentler, more environmentally and ecologically friendly method of chlorination.  The pool is kept at a very comfortable 30 C – warm enough for relaxing muscles, but not too warm for more strenuous exercise.

Will my pet insurance cover my dog’s sessions?

Our understanding is that most will insurance providers will cover veterinarian recommended hydrotherapy, but please check with your provider for details and confirmation.

Can my dog in heat still swim?

We can book your girl by special arrangement.  Give us a call.

Can / should I drop my dog off and pick her up later?

Generally, it is better if you can stay with your dog for their session. If you have a special situation, give us a call (please note – we are not a boarding facility, and do not have an area to keep your dog before or after their swim). Many dogs are calmed and encouraged by the presence of their human, yet others seem unable to focus on anything but their human if they are in the room! We recommend starting with you poolside, and see how it goes.  Once they are confident, then there is no problem if you want to leave to run a quick errand, or go for a jog or walk in the rural neighbourhood, coming back for your dog in 45 minutes!

Is swimming safe?

Yes – any dog around the pool area will always be supervised. Some health conditions will carry some risk of swimming and special handling may be required (for example: multiple handlers may be required, turns may need to be limited, etc). Your vet can determine if swimming is appropriate for your dog’s diagnosed condition prior to our initial session – your dog may not be a candidate for swimming at this time. We pay very close attention in selecting appropriate sized toys for your dog to limit water intake, and ensure every dog gets adequate rest breaks.  Their physical condition is monitored continuously throughout the session.

Is grooming care required before swims?

No muddy/dirty dogs in pool, please! This adds stress on the filtration system, which will raise our operating costs! Please give your dogs a good brushing before coming, especially if they are shedding.

My dog hates water, even steps around puddles. Is there any point to trying a swim?

Many of our most avid swimmers will avoid getting their feet wet on a land walk!  We spend as much time as your dog needs to build his or her confidence around the pool. We do not let a dog get panicked. It may take a few sessions until your dog is comfortable enough to fully swim, though most dogs adapt quite quickly to this environment.  (And yes, even shelties can learn to enjoy swimming!)

What can I do at home afterwards to help maintain his fitness / weight loss?

Take regular walks, runs, and regular swims as possible. We can show you some exercises and tricks to do with your dog to help with core muscle stability. Don’t free feed! Regulate treats. Do trick training. Play with your dogs!

 

How / why does it work?

The properties of water are the key to the benefits:

  • Hydrostatic pressure – the pressure of the water on the limbs and body under water provides a support similar to an all-over support hose!  This is particularly good for relieving any swelling, but because of this property of water, dogs with a respiratory or cardiac condition are not advised to swim due to the pressure against the chest wall.
  • Viscosity – this property provides the resistance to movement – it gives friction.  Water provides much more resistance than air giving us more exercise in a shorter time without overly stressing the joints with percussion.  The resistance is on all planes of movement, so the dog is working multiple sets of muscles at the same time – each movement is concentric and eccentric.  On land, gravity assists so the muscles are used more in one direction than the other.  It also slows any ballistic movement, which decreases the chance of injury.
  • Buoyancy – the force that allows a body less dense than water to float. This means that the effects of gravity are greatly decreased – the body’s weight is reduced by 75% – 90%, depending on one’s body type (density), and how deep one is immersed. (Muscle is denser than fat, which is why heavily muscled dogs are less buoyant.)  This force allows dogs to exercise without putting weight or percussive stress on the joints.

 

OUR POOL

We have a lap pool which is 22 feet long. Lots of room for dogs to get the most out of each session.

 

Our pool is heated and is treated with UV and Ozone so very minimal chlorine is used, keeping the water fresh.

 

Come winter time the pool in enclosed in a sun room to keep the water heated, but still enjoy the natural light and feeling of swimming outside!

 

pointment only, and bookings can be made via our online booking system.

Should you not see an available time, please email us and we can see what we can do! 

Parents must sign a Waiver prior to bookings which can also be found on the registarion system. Please make sure you have read all the rules and steps required before every appointment to assure you and your dogs safety and pool cleanliness.

 

Our Therapist

 

Shanelle is a certified Pet Water Therapist as well as a certified veterinary assistant. She has worked with animals for many years.

 

 

Hours & Registation Information

appointment only.  missed appointments will be charged.

Parents must sign a Waiver prior to bookings which can also be found on the registarion system. Please make sure you have read all the rules and steps required before every appointment to assure you and your dogs safety and pool cleanliness.