Welcome to Pawsitive K9 Hydrotherapy

My names Nicola and I am a registered veterinary nurse (RVN) with 20 years experience in the field.

I have always had an interest in hydrotherapy having helped in a centre in the past. At present I am studying for my certificate in canine hydrotherapy with Hawksmoore and will be fully qualified in a few months. I also run canine first aid classes for pet owners and those in the canine care industry, as well as micro-chipping and canine semen testing.

Currently I own Hungarian Vizslas and Irish Red and White Setters, which I compete with at championship dog shows, including attending Crufts. I have also worked them on shoots as well as take part in agility and scent work


Anyone can swim a dog, but these qualifications and experiences as a RVN means I can offer you safe, effective and beneficial swimming sessions for your dog.

I know how important it is for dogs to be rehabilitated back to full health if they become injured but also for show and working dogs to be in good physical condition in order to work effectively and minimise the risk of injury.

Hydrotherapy is great for a number of different reasons not only for post operation rehabilitation such as cruciate ligament, fracture and patella repairs or spinal injuries, it is also great for fitness especially if you compete with your dog in sports such as agility, flyball, and working trials.

Arthritic older dogs can also benefit hugely from hydrotherapy. It is also a fabulous way to help your dog shed those extra pounds!

Contact me at [email protected] for more information or to book your dog in for a swim!

Here at pawsitive K9 Hydrotherapy I offer the following:

Fun swims

These are great for general fitness, exercise and all round fun for your dog!

Fitness swims!

older swims These are great to build up your dog's fitness whether they are, pet, show, working or competition dogs. Every dog will benefit from muscle tone and fitness gained from hydrotherapy.

Arthritic dog's

No one likes seeing their dog slow down on walks, so these swims are perfect for dogs that have arthritis, swimming can help reduce inflammation and provides gentle all over exercise for your golden oldie.

Weight reduction

Does your dog need to lose a few extra pounds? Why not come to k9 weight watchers. I can discuss diet, measure your pet and recommend an effective, safe exercise plan to help shed those pounds.


If your dog is recovering from an operation, swimming is ideal to help re-build muscle and stretch ligaments in a gentle way. I am able to design a hydrotherapy exercise programme and an 'at-home' exercise sheet which best suits your dog’s needs to help speed up their recovery. puppy swims

Puppy swims

Puppy's need steady exercise in order to grow 'big and strong'. My puppy swims programm is fantastic to provide your puppy with gentle exercise on their growing joints and ligaments as well as giving them early swimming lessons.

Contact me at [email protected] for more information or to book your dog in for a swim!

Did you know...

A ten minute swim is equivalent to a 5 mile walk but without the adding stress on the dogs joints!

Swimming in a controlled environment is great for the following :

Cardiovascular system the warm water increase body temperature which increases circulation because as it causes the blood vessels to dilate. This in turn, delivers oxygen and nutrients to the body whilst taking ways toxins.

Muscular system swimming is non-weight bearing, therefore it reduces unnecessary stress on the joints and ligaments. It also helps reduce pain and spasm due to the relaxing effect the water has on the muscles. If your dog has had an operation and needs to build up muscle this is a great way to do so.

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Respiratory-system the increased respiratory rate from swimming helps detox the body by carrying excess carbon monoxide away and increasing oxygen. It is also great for increasing overall fitness levels.

Lymphatic system swimming in water decreases inflammation and improves the immune system as well as increased lymphatic drainage.

It also helps with the reproduction system by increasing hormones which in turn helps the body’s other systems. Digestion is helped by smooth muscles relaxing which in turn feeds the body with nutrients. The water can also help the kidneys ridding toxins and waste products by it providing increased blood flow via the kidneys. This is also good to balance out electrolytes and water.

Contact me at [email protected] for more information or to book your dog in for a swim!

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