This blog is for customers of All About Dogs Hydrotherapy to comment and write about their experience of our service and how it helped their dog on his or hers road to recovery. Happy Blogging :)
We have had Lady since she was 8 months old, she is now nearly 3,and she has always been obsessed with water and regularly tries to get in the shower or bath if the water is running! A few months back when she had a vets appointment they said she could do with losing a few pounds! When we first got Lady I had googled Canine hydrotherapy due to her love of water but there was none in the local area so I was pleased when I saw a leaflet in a shop in Maldon for this recently.I looked at the website off the leaflet and contacted Curtis the same day and he was extremely helpful and explained that he would need to have a vets referral which he would organise all I had to do was give him a few details on her. That same week Lady had her first swim, back in March, and absolutely loved it. At first she needed a lot of support but now she is able to swim laps with minimal guidance. Lady clearly loves swimming as we only have to say the words "swimming" or "Curtis" and she will start running around at home overexcited and running to the front door. Lady wags her tail whilst swimming and makes snorting noises and has to have a cuddle from Curtis at the end of every lap. Lady has lost over 3lbs since she has started swimming and the vets are really pleased with her weight loss. Lady manages to do more laps each week and will sometimes swim in a circle to get more strokes as she swims past us. Since Lady has started swimming she is a lot more playful at home and will play fetch or tug of war a lot longer than she used to. Curtis is absolutely fantastic with Lady and it's obvious to see that he has an affinity with dogs. He is friendly and knowledgable and his facilities are always clean and well maintained. It is a pleasure to watch Lady swim knowing and seeing how much she enjoys it and how good it is for her. I am so pleased that we have taken Lady here and highly recommend All-About-Dogs.
Barney’s enthusiasm to visit Curtis and the Hydrotherapy Pool is so evident, by the noise and excitement coming from the back of my car as we approach Heybridge, he can’t wait to swim. Barney was recommended for hydrotherapy three months ago due to a hind leg ligament problem. Since the swimming, which has built up the muscle in the hind legs, there has not been a recurrence of the problem. I whole-heartedly recommend this treatment; “maybe” it has avoided an operation this time!!!
My name is Benda and I have a dog called Luke, he is a Jack Russell cross Border Terrier and he suffers with arthritis in his back legs. There was a time when he could not stand up, but since we have been going to see Curtis for treatment he had been running around like a new puppy, so thank you Curtis for what you have done for Luke as he looks forward to coming to see you.
Millie drags me to see Curtis every week - as soon as she see's me pick that towel up she's jumping around like a jack in the box. She just loves to swim with Curtis who is very good with her. She has become very fit and its a great form of exercise along with the agility she does. I would recommend swimming your dog to everyone its great fun for the dog and its great fun to watch them having fun! - Millie just loves it! - Thank you Curtis.
Tia. 18 month GSD.Tia was rescued by the German Shepherd Dog Rescue charity from a dog pound in Hull at the end of last year, after being found roaming the city streets. After a short spell in kennels and a foster home in North Yorkshire we adopted her and brought her home to Essex in January.She was very thin and undernourished and it took some months to see any improvement in her weight. Even so, she still showed weakness in her hind legs so we had her checked for hip problems by our vet. X rays thankfully showed her hips to be in excellent condition but her hind leg muscle mass was severely below par. Our vet subsequently referred her for a course of hydrotherapy sessions which brought us to All About Dogs Hydrotherapy and Curtis' excellent facility in Heybridge. The pool is always clean and is very well equipped with easy access for any size of dog. Being only three miles from home it is also convenient but the best of it is Curtis' outstanding passion for the work he is doing and his undoubted love of dogs.Originally worried by water, hoses and the vacuum cleaner, Tia is now eager to enter the pool each session, has no problem with the shower afterwards and even enjoys the hair dryer. After five sessions of an initial ten, we are already seeing imrovements in her hind quarters and will almost certainly continue for another ten sessions next month.Well done Curtis.Andrew and Diane, Ulting, Essex.
My black lab has been swimming for three months now, while hesitant and ungraceful at first he is now super eager to see Curtis and then drags Curtis into the pool. Guy is pleased with the selection of toys and likes to use all of them in the same session. Guy has ongoing arthritis in his legs particularly his knees which have both had surgery and complications. The muscle tone he has gained is beyond my expectations and Curtis is great with him, he has now reverted to being a mischievous 7 yr old going on 18 months old.
Busters MumOur dog Buster is a 10 year old German shepherd, he has arthritis and also had a slipped disc in Jan 2011 which he had surgery for. It was recommended that he had hydrotherapy but as there was no local facility we didn’t pursue it, then we heard about all about dogs. Being only 5 miles away it is very convenient for us but the best things are Buster absolutely loves it and it’s made so much difference to his health. After being reluctant at first he now swims twice a week and swims confidently around the pool. Curtis really is so good with him.The sessions have improved his arthritis by helping to build up muscle tone in his back legs which was very poor and his posture is much better too. He is like a new dog again at home and when we walk him, it’s lovely to see him bouncing along instead of dragging his feet.I really think it’s improved his quality of life and would recommend Curtis and all about dogs to other dog owners.
Our 6 year old yellow labrador Bella had a freak accident caused by twisting catching a ball. She slipped a disc bruising her spinal cord resulting in her becoming monoplegic in a hind limb. After treatment at the The Animal Health Trust in Newmarket our vet recommended Curtis for hydrotherapy.Although a little cautious at first she absolutely loved it, swimming for a ball at a rate of knots and using her back legs really well. After only six sessions she is now almost fully recovered and back to enjoying country walks.We cannot recommend Curtis highly enough. He has so much empathy with the dog and also the owners, and although Bella no longer needs any further lessons we are considering continuing for her mental well being. Thank you again Curtis.
Kady is my 5 year old Miniature Schnauzer, she was unable to put weight on one of her hind legs and walking on three legs, vet diagnosed a torn ligament and recommended Curtis and oh how pleased am I that he did. Curtis has worked wonders, by the end the first session Kady was able to put weight on the leg and after four weeks she was completely off all medication and was much more active. By the end of 12 sessions Kady was a different dog her muscle tone had built up and she appears to be enjoying life to the full again. Kady no longer needs the therapy for her leg but will continue, as she loves to swim in the pool with Curtis. I cannot recommend Curtis’s service and dedication highly enough. Thank you Curtis for all your help and assistance,
Our 7 year old german shepherd suffers with hip dysplasia and was very unwell in august with lameness in his legs and was not able to walk well which reduced his mobility. He had a x-ray and was later diagnosed with osteoarthritis in the hip and was in a lot of pain.Our vet recommended hydrotherapy and I found All about dogs on the internet so gave them a call. They were very helpful and in a very short time Boss was having his first swim.Boss was a bit cautious at first but Curtis soon put him at ease and now when I tell him he's going swimming he gets really excited and runs around all over the house, just picking up hes swimming towel sends him into a spin!Whilst walking Boss before hydrotherapy he always use to lag behind but now he goes to hydro he is running around like a puppy and I have to run to keep up with him!I cannot recommend Curtis and the hydrotherapy service enough, Curtis is doing an amazing job with Boss, is always kind and helpful and is very knowledgeable about dogs. Thank you Curtis for what you have done for Boss!
My vet suggested that hydrotherapy may help my dog Kea as she had, for some time, lost the use of her hind legs due to arthritis and spinal problems. Kea and I spent several months walking with the towel looped under her belly to give her support should she fall. Our first session with Curtis seemed to make her slightly worse but I decided to persevere and was delighted to see a marked improvement week by week. After three or four weeks Kea was able to support her own weight and was becoming steadier on her feet with every visit. It was wonderful to see her enjoying life, a sight that I though I would never see again. Kea's hind leg muscles were becoming firm again and I am sure that exercising in the water eased her aching joints. Curtis was always very gentle with Kea, she liked and trusted him. I feel that, without hydrotherapy, Kea would not have regained the use of her legs.Sadly, Kea died recently and is missed dreadfully but I shall always be grateful to Curtis for his expertise in giving Kea a much improved final few months.
My vet suggested that hydrotherapy may help my dog Kea as she had, for some time, lost the use of her hind legs due to arthritis and spinal problems. Kea and I spent several months walking with the towel looped under her belly to give her support should she fall. Our first session with Curtis seemed to make her slightly worse but I decided to persevere and was delighted to see a marked improvement week by week. After three or four weeks Kea was able to support her own weight and was becoming steadier on her feet with every visit. It was wonderful to see her enjoying life, a sight that I though I would never see again. Keas’ hind leg muscles were becoming firm again and I am sure that exercising in the water eased her aching joints. Curtis was always very gentle with Kea, she liked and trusted him. I feel that, without hydrotherapy, Kea would not have regained the use of her legs.Sadly, Kea died recently and is missed dreadfully but I shall always be grateful to Curtis for his expertise in giving Kea a much improved final few months.
Our chocolate lab Buddy, would not go in water above his chest. Nor would he swim. After 3 sessions with Curtis he loves the water and throws himself in at every opportunity he gets. Curtis was patient and encouraging and thanks to him we have one very happy swimmer. I would highly recommed Cutis.
Our 10 year old Cocker Spaniel Scooby had a Cruciate ligament repair and diagnosed with a arthritic hip back in October 2013, our poor old boy was in a pickle... we decided to take up our Vets advice and try hydrotherapy, Scooby has undergone 12 sessions with Curtis, we cannot thank Curtis enough for Scooby's new found lease of life... we have decided to continue with a weekly swim as it gives Scooby exercise with low impact. Scooby howls in the car when we go to hydro.. his relationship with Curtis is great to watch. We strongly recommend anyone with either a dog that needs rehab after surgery or other old age problems to try hydro. Best thing we have found... Thank you Curtis from Scooby