Six swimming dogs are taking part in a 12-hour sponsored swimathon in aid of the Animal Health Trust (AHT). Joined by members of the AHT’s small animal Hydrotherapy unit, the 12-strong team hope to raise £5,000 towards a water treadmill.
Six swimming dogs are taking part in a 12-hour sponsored swimathon in aid of the Animal Health Trust (AHT). Joined by members of the AHT’s small animal hydrotherapy unit, the 12-strong swimming team are hoping to raise £5,000 towards a water treadmill.
The treadmill will enable the AHT’s hydrotherapy unit to treat many more dogs and cats. It will not only help to lessen pain and stiffness, it will also enable the unit to treat a wider range of painful conditions.
Jo Handley-Howard, head of hydrotherapy at the AHT, said: “10 minutes swimming in the pool is the equivalent of 40 minutes exercise on land so this is quite an undertaking – not just for the dogs, but for us humans too.
“We swim all types of dogs in our hydrotherapy pool – from Jack Russells to Great Danes and St Bernards. Many of these have been referred to us in their golden years suffering with arthritis and muscle wastage. A new water treadmill will complement the existing pool and mean we can help many more dogs to be pain-free.”
The dynamic doggy-paddlers will be undertaking the challenge on June 21 and are looking for sponsors to support them.
To find out more about the AHT’s swimming dogs (Alfie, Bailey, Molly, Skye, Julie and Barley), their human counterparts, or to sponsor the team, visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/paddlingpaws