Highfield Canine Hydrotherapy is owned and managed by Sarah Hughes who has over twenty five years experience of handling and owning dogs. Sarah currently has an English Springer Spaniel, Sheba, aged three years.
The introduction to canine hydrotherapy arose when, at the age of six months, Sheba, was diagnosed with Legg-Calve Perthes disease in both hip joints. The left joint particularly was in a very poor condition. Sheba underwent immediate surgery, which meant the removal of the femoral head of the left femur.
It was suggested as post operative rehabilitation that hydrotherapy would be the safest and quickest way to regenerate the muscle, so that Sheba would not be putting too much pressure on her malformed right leg. It was a difficult search to locate a local and professionally managed pool, but Sarah did find a pool although it was one hours drive from home. Sheba swam twice a week and made a terrific recovery. Sheba now, at the age of three years, has arthritis in her right leg and swimming helps alleviate the stiffness and pain, especially in this cold and wet climate.
Sarah saw the fantastic health and fitness benefits gained from hydrotherapy. After nearly three years of hard work, research and planning Sarah chose to design and build a swimming pool for her own dog. Realising there was a lack of local facilities and the need to progress the idea of hydrotherapy, she developed Highfield Canine Hydrotherapy to serve the Midlands.
Sarah has the experience and knowledge to operate the canine hydrotherapy business to ensure she provides the very best treatments and care.
- Practical Dog Swimming training with Charlie Clarricoates of Charlie’s Dog Training Centre & Hydrotherapy Pool in Soham.
- Practical Dog Swimming training with Ray Phillips of Nottingham Canine Academy.
- Introduction to the Musculoskeletal System and conditions in Hydrotherapy at Hawksmoor Training Centre in Nuneaton.
- Hydrotherapy First Aid Course with the Canine Hydrotherapy Association.
- Animal First Aid Course at the College of Animal Welfare in Godmanchester.
The business is fully insured with public and animal liability and professional indemnity.
Highfield Canine Hydrotherapy is registered with a local Veterinary Practice, Rogers, Brock and Barker.