Hydrotherapy is the use of water for the treatment of a number of conditions. It differs from swimming due to the special exercises performed, underwater jets and the warm water used. Hydrotherapy has been proven to aid recovery from trauma or surgery resulting in shorter recovery times and often reduces the need for painkilling medication. Hydrotherapy also improves your dog’s cardiovascular fitness and can even help your pet lose weight.

We are proud to offer this highly valued and popular addition to the wide range of services offered to our Goddard Veterinary Group clients and neighbouring veterinary practices.

Our Chingford Hydrotherapy Centre is situated next to our Chingford veterinary practice, therefore, has the unique benefit of a Veterinary Surgeon on site and is situated within easy reach of the M25, M11 and North Circular Road.

Chingford Hydrotherapy Centre
160 Chingford Mount Road
E4 9BS
9:00am – 15:30pm
9:00am – 15:30pm
9:00am – 15:30pm
9:00am – 15:30pm
9:00am – 15:30pm

We are fully accredited members of the Canine Hydrotherapy Association and our hydrotherapy centre is regularly inspected to ensure that we continue to meet the high standards that our patients deserve.

About Hydrotherapy

Why do we recommend Hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy has been clinically proven to benefit dogs suffering from a variety of medical and non-medical conditions to aid rehabilitation. The non-weight bearing exercise of damaged or repairing limbs and supporting tissue helps speed recovery.  Muscle wastage can occur very quickly if a painful limb is not being used properly. This can hinder recovery after surgery as the limb has to repair itself as well as correct muscle, tendon, ligament and soft tissue immobility.

Hydrotherapy is proven to help with the following:

  • Pre and post-operative conditioning which can reduce muscle wastage and accelerate recovery after surgery.
  • Relief of pain, swelling and stiffness. The warmth of the water helps to reduce any swelling within the joints caused by surgery or arthritis.
  • Swimming provides an increased range of motion and often reduces the need for painkilling medication.
  • Prevention of hip dysplasia – with regular gentle exercise young dogs can exercise safely and have fun without the risk of damage to the hips.
  • General mobility and coordination.
  • An increase in general fitness and athletic performance.
  • Weight loss in conjunction with a healthy diet.

Would my dog benefit from hydrotherapy?

As well as all the medical benefits of hydrotherapy, your dog may simply enjoy a warm swim indoors. It’s ideal for fun and general fitness as well as developing agility in working and racing dogs alike. It is also a perfect solution for clients who find it increasingly difficult to exercise their dogs.

What to expect when you visit us

At your initial visit, your dog will be assessed by one of our hydrotherapists to assess their capability and allow a tailored plan to be created to suit your pet’s needs before their swim commences. We ask that you allow up to one hour for your initial visit, however, follow-up swims are shorter and should last approximately 30 minutes.


Our hydrotherapist will remain in the pool and your dog will be fitted with a buoyancy aid before entering the water which is heated to 29 degrees Celsius. Hydrotherapy is both physically and mentally demanding initially for your dog so the first few swims may only last a few minutes but these will gradually increase in length as their stamina increases, just like us commencing a new exercise regime!


Owners often become involved with the sessions as they are able to walk around the circumference of our five meters (16 foot) diameter pool offering lots of encouragement and playing with their dogs whilst they swim. Many owners even comment how much fitter they become from all the running around the outside of the pool.


When your dog is adequately fit, underwater jets will be introduced to provide additional resistance in the water, varying the effort required to swim.


After the swim, we will shower and dry your dog before documenting their weight, heart rate and muscle mass measurements in order to assess and monitor their progress.


Our aim is to ensure your pet’s experience is enjoyable and to allow a trusting bond to develop.  This will enable your dog to benefit from the best exercise regime possible and see their treatment as a positive and fun experience.


We never tire of seeing our regular swimmers greet us wagging their tails before their swims knowing we are making a positive difference to their well-being.

Price List

Initial assessment & swim
Follow-up swims

Great news…the majority of insurance providers will cover the cost of hydrotherapy to assist with your dog’s rehabilitation

Initial swim
Follow-up swims

Great news…the majority of insurance providers will cover the cost of hydrotherapy to assist with your dog’s rehabilitation

Initial swim
Follow-up swims

Great news…the majority of insurance providers will cover the cost of hydrotherapy to assist with your dog’s rehabilitation

Meet the Team

Our network of branches and hospitals have the support of an experienced management team as well as administrative backup.

Monica Donnelly

Head Hydrotherapist

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