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Canine Hydrotherapy

20th October 2008Products & Services2 Comments

By Sarah Ayres of Hydro Hounds.

Canine Hydrotherapy CentreWe are pleased to be able to introduce our Canine Hydrotherapy Centre to you which is based in Coulsdon Surrey.

We have been good friends with Louise of VIPs for many years, and highly recommend her services through our centre. The famous Tula has been to our pool for some hydrotherapy and thoroughly enjoyed her time with us.

At Hydro Hounds we specialise in warm water complimentary therapy for all breeds of dogs. Non-weight bearing pain free exercise for dogs suffering from a range of medical conditions, is just what the vet ordered to improve our furry friends range of movement and quality of life.

We have a hydrojet pool, a water treadmill and a spa which are used to treat the following :

  • Joint disease such as arthritis, hip & elbow dysplasia and spondylosis
  • Injuries such as cruciate ruptures, patella luxations and soft tissue injuries
  • Pre and Post surgical procedures
  • Weight loss
  • General cardiovascular fitness

The benefits of hydrotherapy are endless, resulting in a better quality of life in some cases, an increased range of joint motion, reduced swelling, increased stamina and fitness levels, increased circulation, weight loss and, recovery times are quicker following surgery or injury with a general feeling of wellbeing, to mention a few.

All our staff are fully qualified hydrotherapists and veterinary nurses, and the centre is registered with the Canine Hydrotherapy Association and the British Veterinary Nursing Association. We work alongside the dogs veterinary surgeon to create a treatment plan that suits the individual dog, complimenting the conventional therapy that is already in place.

Please check out for full details of hydrotherapy and the centre, email us at or call us on 020 8763 2020. VIPs also have some videos on their YouTube site.

Sarah Ayres – VN MBVNA Hydrotherapist

Tula: Adverts & Hydrotherapy

13th October 2008Tula's BlogLeave a comment

TulaMy name is Princess Tallulah, I am a 3 year old female boxer dog and the CEO of Very Important Pets. For those of you who don’t know me I play quite a big role in Very Important Pets. My mum who is the owner and director makes sure I have a say in the decisions she makes. I am the face of VIPs and you can see me on most of the media and advertising we do. You can also catch me at the VIPs stand at many local summer fairs.

I may as well tell you, I have also become a little famous! I have been in 3 television adverts in the last couple of years; the first was a flora butter advert for the London Marathon, the second a 118 118 internet advert and the third and most recent was a television advert for “e-on” gas where I played my biggest role yet. I loved doing these adverts, I got lots of attention and loads of treats, my mum came with me but she didn’t get a part (I think she was secretly jealous).

On a normal week day you might see me playing on Wimbledon common. I love to hang out there with my friends and of course my ball! I do have a boyfriend, his name is Ollie. I see him at least 3 times a week and we do a lot of running about and snogging! (Boxer kissing). Sometimes he comes for a sleep over which I love, he is my very best friend.

One of my very favourite things to do is swimming so it’s not surprising that my highlight of the past few months was going to a brand new hydrotherapy clinic in Coulsdon, Surrey called Hydro Hounds. There you can swim around the pool or against the jets and chase balls It is the best fun ever! Hydrotherapy can be used to treat a lot of medical conditions or in my case you can just swim for fun!

Why it’s Important for Your Dog to Get His Kennel Cough Vaccination

10th October 2008Dog CareLeave a comment

Kennel cough or infectious bronchitis is a very contagious disease of the respiratory system that can affect dogs of all ages. Kennel Cough is an airborne virus that is spread through the air by infected dogs sneezing and coughing and dogs will develop a very harsh dry hacking cough that lasts several weeks.

The good news is that kennel cough can be prevented! This vaccine differs from your dog’s usual annual vaccination in that it is squirted up the nostril rather than being injected under the skin.

This year we have seen a high number of unvaccinated dogs contract kennel cough just before they are due to the services of Very Important Pets.  We now recommend that all dogs are vaccinated at least seven days before using our dog boarding or dog walking services as we cannot take on any dogs that have contracted kennel cough due to the risks of infecting other dogs.

A funny story – Woman accidentally packs kitten

1st October 2008In The NewsLeave a comment

A Bradford woman arrived in Amsterdam for a holiday – only to find she had accidentally packed her kitten.

Helen Wilmore, 36, opened her suitcase and three-month-old Beauty clambered out, reports the Yorkshire Post.

The mother-of-two said: “We’d been traveling for about 21 hours when I finally got round to opening my suitcase and out popped the cat.

“I couldn’t believe it and I still can’t take it in now how she managed to survive being stuck in there all that time – she must have used up quite a few of her nine lives.

“We’d been delayed at Leeds-Bradford Airport for about 15 hours and Beauty had been in the luggage for that time and she’d been in the hold the whole time, probably with other suitcases being thrown on top of her. I’m thinking I should rename her Lucky.”

But Beauty’s luck looks as if it is about to come to an end as Helen has been forced to hand her over to a cat sanctuary.

“The cousin who I was staying with isn’t allowed cats so I had no choice but to take her to a cat sanctuary,” she said.

“It would be at least six months because of quarantine before I could get her back but she’d have to have lots of jabs and rabies checks, then I’d have to get her a passport and pay for her to be flown back – I just can’t afford it.”

A spokesperson at Leeds-Bradford International Airport said: “The passenger’s suitcase will have gone through the checks and processes that are in place to screen hold luggage.

“This process is designed to detect items that may prove a threat to aircraft. An animal would not be detected by the system as it would not be deemed as a threat.”