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Hydrotherapy is probably the oldest form of medical treatment involving the use of water; it soothes pain and treats arthritic diseases. Its use has been recorded back to ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman civilisations. The word hydrotherapy is derived from the Greek word “water healing”

The use of water to treat rheumatic diseases has a long history. Today hydrotherapy is used to treat many conditions:

  • Hip and elbow dysplasia

  • Cranial cruciate injuries

  • Sponoylosis

  • Arthritis

  • Chronic Degenerative Rediculomyelopathy

  • Osteochondritis Dessicans

  • Pre and post operative conditions

  • Obesity and weight management

  • Cardiovascular fitness and mental well being


This service operates from new state of the art centre of excellence in Copford, Colchester.

The duration of the swim depends solely upon the fitness and capabilities of each dog, specific veterinary recommendation and the observations of our trained staff.

The water content is tested at least three times daily, results of which are recorded for analysis and the water temperature is also monitored throughout the day.

The Centre provides a welcoming relaxed environment with refreshments on request. Shower and drying facilities are provided as it is important for dogs to leave the centre as dry as possible.

Our Copford centre boasts a large 8x4 meter pool with state of the art Fast Lane system enabling us to help the largest and most athletic of breeds.


The Aquatic Treadmill is an amazing rehabilitation tool.  It allows the therapist to enter the treadmill with the dog/cat to help with gait realignment, stability and specific injury rehabilitation to name a few.

It can be used as a standalone treatment or alongside treatment in the hydrotherapy pool.

At Blue Bear we are lucky enough to have a large extended chamber treadmill meaning we can assist the largest of breeds, also complex spinal issues through to weight control and fun.

Our highly trained treadmill team can offer advise and assistance to tailor the right program for each patient.

The water is a warm 30 degrees which is the optimal temperature for rehabilitation and with adjustable water depths and speed of the treadmill we are able to control weight-bearing exercise.

The water provides resistance throughout the range of motion, providing a closed-chain hydrokinetic exercise.




"A non invasive and pain free procedure that uses light to stimulate cell regeneration and increase blood circulation"

LLLT or low level laser therapy is a non invasive and pain free procedure that uses light to stimulate cell regeneration and increase blood circulation. 

Low-level laser therapy is still a relatively new concept that is being used more recently to treat dogs, cats or small animals with arthritis, tendon or soft tissue injuries such as scaring and to promote wound healing.

Laser therapy can treat acute and chronic injuries, sprains and strains, arthritis, swelling due to back disc problems, and muscular-skeletal abnormalities. It also helps to regenerate nerve tissue after surgery and promote the healing process.

Lasers are nothing more than a beam of light that travels at a certain frequency that allows the laser to penetrate the tissue and stimulate the cells. Some cold lasers like ours are programmable to a range of frequencies in order to treat many different types of problems in dogs and small animals.

Dogs and other animals find laser therapy relaxing and tend to enjoy the treatment.

There is no need to shave or clip the area to be treated and the dog or small animal doesn't need to be sedated during the process which means it is completely non invasive for the animal. 

Laser therapy won't cause your dog or small animal any unwanted side effects.


Canine Massage has many benefits.  It can be used to rehabilitate your dog from injury, relieve discomfort, stiffness, lameness and help restore mobility.  The aim is to promote the relaxation of tight, inflexible muscles, to improve their elasticity and range of movement (ROM).  In addition massage can help dogs to cope with orthopaedic issues, such as arthritis, hip dysplasia and spondylosis. 

Signs of issues that massage may benefit :


  • Stiffness

  • Soreness

  • Unable to go up / down stairs

  • Unable to get in / out of car

  • Mobility issues

  • Lost their ‘sparkle’

  • Depressed

  • Posture changes

  • Coat changes

  • Uneven nail wear

  • Twitching of skin

  • Old before their time

  • Unwilling on walks

  • Back / Neck / Hip issues

  • Poor agility performance eg: weave entry, measuring, knocking poles

The laser used for this type of treatment will not burn your pet’s skin. 

Laser therapy improves the quality of a pet’s life as well as the life of its owner, because if your pet is happy, you are happy. 

It is an excellent tool for post-surgical healing. Usable over pins and plates with research showing its positive effects on the re-growth of both bone and nerve as well as soft tissue.

Animals often visibly relax during treatment - a result of the therapy's demonstrated ability to increase endorphin release. This is particularly effective for tackling anxiety related behaviours such as lick granuloma and feather plucking.