Dip Your Paws was established in 2006 by Samantha Woodward.
After extensive research she found that only hydrotherapy was able to offer an effective and safe non weight bearing form of exercise for Rehabilitation and Fitness. As it was not a service that was widely available, in 2006 Sam set up Dip Your Paws.
Now Sam is unable to commit her time to the hydrotherapy and Claire Wills is now the owner and Manager of Dip Your Paws.
Claire’s passion and inspiration for being a hydrotherapist has arisen from her experience with her own dog Roxy. Roxy is a golden labrador who was diagnosed with hip dysplasia at 6 months old. She soon began to lose muscle in her back end she was reluctant to get up and run around. Roxy was unable to undergo any surgery for her condition at the time and the vet recommended Hydrotherapy to help build her muscle mass back up in her very weak back end to enable her to try and return to a normal way of life for a puppy.
Improvement was soon seen with Roxy and she has continued with her hydrotherapy to ensure that she retains the muscle she has built up. Claire has seen and experienced first-hand the heart break of her dog being diagnosed with a lifelong condition and the improvements seen from the hydrotherapy treatment. Roxy is now a fit strong dog and she enjoys running around and living her life as any young dog should. As she has not received any other treatments or surgery for her condition, it shows the results of the hydrotherapy in improving Roxy’s quality of life.
Nicola Fitzakerly is a familiar face at Dip Your Paws as she has been assisting at the centre for many years and has a wealth of experience in handling dogs that are undergoing hydrotherapy treatment; Nicola is now assisting at the new pool at Welbourn with Claire.
At Dip Your Paws we have a 5.5m x 3m pool which allows plenty of room for your pet to have a good swim and splash around. It also allows space for any animals attending for rehabilitation to be able to use their limbs fully and to be able to have as much space as they need to get used to the water.
We are a member of the Canine Hydrotherapy Association