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Puppy Swims

Posted on 24 August, 2019 at 2:09 Comments comments (210)
We offer a FREE first session as we think ensuring a puppy is comfortable in the pool has so many benefits, not just tiring the little angels a bit more than the exercise limitations on land allow.

Firstly, it is non-weightbearing so there is no stress or strain  on joints and soft bones.  When exercising on land there is a 5 minutes per month of life rule and sometimes this just isn't enough and for the large breeds even this can be a little too much for their big bodies.

Secondly, it is an amazing new social experience in a safe and comfortable environment.  The pup will meet new people, new smells, wear a float coat, have a shower and so much more.

Thirdly, should your pup ever need rehab in the future, they are already comfortable in the pool.

And did I mention that the first session is FREE?

As with any pool session, the vet needs to sign a consent so you can either download the form from our website or just give us a call on 01268 514 996 and we can sort it all out for you.

(Our puppy Flea, swimming with her big sister, Ehren.  Photo credit Trixie Ashby Pet Photography)
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We are still here!

Posted on 23 August, 2019 at 14:38 Comments comments (0)
We have been neglecting the website and that will be changing.

It is so easy now to just rely on social media to get our news out there.

Watch this space.
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Our new You Tube Channel

Posted on 4 July, 2013 at 5:15 Comments comments (585)
Hi all,
We have just set up a You Tube channel and added our first video! 
We are really excited and will be making more shortly, not only about our clients and what they have achieved but also about the conditions and benefits of hydrotherapy.
Take a look at our first video - Remi the Wonder Dog
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Welcoming a New Team Member

Posted on 23 May, 2013 at 2:25 Comments comments (507)
Hi All,
I wanted to welcome a new member to our ever expanding Team at Completely K9.
Andrea is a qualified member of the Canine Massage Guild and has undergone extensive training to achieve this.  Canine Therapeutic Massage has many benefits for your dog, not just those recovering from injury but dogs that compete at Agility, Heelwork to Music, Flyball or Working Trials can all suffer minor injuries that left untreated can have an impact on their performance and well-being.
Andrea will be offering free muscle fitness assessments at the centre on a regular basis so keep an eye out on the Events page so you  and your dog don't miss out
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What is Canine Arthritis?

Posted on 7 March, 2013 at 3:43 Comments comments (4246)
It is a degenerative joint disease that affects dogs from as young as 6 months of age but is predominantly seen in the older dog.  Diagnosis is made by your vet, usually through manipulation of the joint which is painful and stiff due to the erosion and inflammation of the joint capsule.
As the condition causes discomfort and pain it can make exercise difficult for your dog but it is essential that they maintain mobility and a healthy weight and this is where hydrotherapy really benefits as it is a non-weight bearing exercise your dog can move freely plus the warmth and hydrostatic pressure of the water helps to reduce pain and swelling.
Memory foam bedding is also a big help for a dog that suffers from canine arthritis as it supports the joints whilst the dog is resting.
Several short walks are better than one long walk as it helps to keep the dog mobile without the extended impact on the joint.
Natural supplements such as glucosmine & chondtroitin,Omega 3 oils and some of the Dorwest Herbs products such as green lipped muscle can really help as well as a good, clean, preservative and additive free diet.
Magnetic collars and bedding help to increase blood flow and will improve mobility of the joint.
And let’s not forget a relaxing and therapeutic massage will help your dog release the knots in surrounding muscles where they are over-compensating for the pain in affected joints.
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Make 2013 a good one for your dog

Posted on 4 January, 2013 at 2:35 Comments comments (180)
As 2013 begins I want you all to take a long, hard look at your dogs.  Are they carrying a little extra weight?  Do they have saggy bits where they should have muscles?
Over-weight dogs is one of my biggest bug-bears, it literally has be gnashing my teeth to control my diatribe.  As someone who has battled with their own weight all their adult life, I know how much carrying a few extra pounds affects my ability to move freely and enjoy day to day activities so to see an over-weight dog struggling to walk or get up from a sit or chase a ball really gets to me.
It seems to be the thing for people with large breeds to try and get them to the upper end of the weight recommendation thinking that it makes them a big example of the breed but in fact, the same as with us, each dog is an individual and will carry weight differently so you need to be aware of your dog’s body condition and not a number on the scales.
To check your dog’s body condition, regardless of the breed try these simple tests.
1.       Get your dog to stand up and run your hands along their rib cage.  You should be able to feel their ribs under your hand without having to dig your fingers in.
2.      With your dog standing, look at them side on.  They should all have a noticeable tuck where the ribs are lower than their tummy.
3.      When you are looking down on your dog from above, they should narrow behind the ribs so they have a discernible waist.
4.      Run your hand under your dog’s chest, between their front legs.  There should be small loose veering but this area should be mostly muscle mass.
So if your dog is carrying some extra weight what is the best thing to do to get rid of it? Firstly look at the type of food you are giving them, is it a good quality natural food is it over-processed and full of colourings and sugars?  You can change your dog to a light variety sofa good quality food to reduce their calorie intake and make sure you are giving them what they need.  If you give your dog left-overs, that’s fine but just remember to reduce the amount of their own food that you add to their bowl.
Secondly, what sort of treats do they get through the day?  Biscuits? Left-overs? Chews? pig sears? These soon add up and many treats have lots of hidden sugars the same asap Mars bar does for us. Swap biscuits for a raw carrot which is good for their teeth and their health, small pieces of apple are also really enjoyed by your dog.
Thirdly what is their exercise routine?  Do they go out daily?  Is it just road walking or do they get a goo doff lead run?  Or are you a weekend-warrior?  (Short walks through the week whilst you reworking or busy and then take the poor un-fit dogs for hours at the weekend)  You should gradually increase your dog’s exercise, like any one embarking on a new routine they need to ease into it gradually so increase your walk by 5 minutes at a time, add in a light jog for the really over-weight dogs to get their heart rate up a bit.
We offer a free weigh-in for our clients so that you can check your dog’s weight loss at any time and we can also advise on ways and means of getting your dog fit and healthy.
Make 2013 the year that you get your dog to the peak of its health and fitness.
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Caring for the older dog this winter

Posted on 5 November, 2012 at 2:09 Comments comments (0)
After a rotten summer winter has arrived with a blast.   Your aging dog will benefit from a few extra measures to help them maintain their joint flexibility and comfort.
If you are going out for a walk then a dog coat is beneficial to help them maintain good body temperature and keep those joints a bit warmer.
Make sure their beds are away from drafts and if possible raised slightly off of the floor.
You should be feeding an age appropriate food and you may need to increase the amount a bit over the winter months as your dog will burn more energy keeping warm.
Help them keep their coat in tip top condition by grooming them out regularly.  The oils in a dogs coat help with insulation and these are increased through grooming and brushing.
Treating your dog to a massage will help ease those aches and pains a little more as well as increase blood flow to the heart.
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