Wensleydale Dog Hydrotherapy is a unique centre, housed within an agricultural building on the family's North Yorkshire smallholding that is also home to horses, sheep, chickens and ducks.
Jemma has always had a passion for animals and has kept dogs and horses all her life
She decided to make a career out of animals, so went on to study Equine Science at University in Gloucestershire. It was while studying here that she discovered the benefits of rehabilitating and fittening animals with hydrotherapy. Moving to Westfields Farm in the Yorkshire Dales gave Jemma the opportunity to pursue setting up Wensleydale Dog Hydrotherapy. Jemma trained at the renowned Greyfriars Veterinary Rehabilitation and Hydrotherapy Referrals Centre in Guildford, Surrey, qualifying in September 2016 as a Small Animal Hydrotherapist.
Wensleydale Dog Hydrotherapy operates a bespoke hydrotherapy pool
Wensleydale Dog Hydrotherapy is a unique centre, housed within an agricultural building on the family's North Yorkshire smallholding that is also home to horses, sheep, chickens and ducks. The building has undergone a lot of change and now offers a modern sleek interior.
The creation of the centre was part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development through the Yorkshire Dales LEADER Local Action Group.
Wensleydale Dog Hydrotherapy operates a bespoke hydrotherapy pool that is 4.3m long, 2m wide and 1.2m deep. The pool has a wide ramped access meaning all dogs can easily enter the pool. The pool is fitted with swim jets, which can be used to create more resistance in the water if required.
The water is heated at 29-30⁰C which is the optimum temperature to relieve pain, increase circulation and relax muscles. The water is chemically treated using chlorine and filtered to maintain the highest standards of hygiene. Water quality is tested at least 3 times a day to ensure the water is crystal clear and free from harmful bacteria.