Pet Patter - Catrina Skepper's Blog
It's 'Swimming' Cats and Dogs
Prinny, the Persian cat, loves being a soggy moggy so much that she has taken to joining her canine companion, Bandit, on regular swimming sessions at their local hydrotherapy pool.
Jacque Olsen, who opened the 'Doggy Business' pool, in Victoria's Mornington Peninsula, Australia, told the Herald Sun newspaper: "Bandit, the dog, came here with a bad back and his owner told me their cat swims, I couldn't believe it, the next time they came, Prinny hopped in the pool."
Pinny and Bandit's owner, Rebecca Lee, told the press: "Swimming obviously runs in the family, as her dad was also a swimmer. Prinny swims in our backyard whenever she has the opportunity, she loves it and it is good exercise."
Jacque, set up the hydrotherapy pool when her own dog, Ubud, suffered from an embolism which resulted in him being paralysed. Ms Olsen couldn't believe the progress that her pooch was making and within three months Ubud was walking again.
Hydrotherapy can be very effective, when combined with vet's treatments, for animals suffering from illnesses such as arthritis and hip and elbow dysplasia, which is most common in dogs of a young age. It can also help with pet obesity and it is great for preparing pets for operations, or helping them heal in the recovery period. The Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA) insists that owners must seek advice from their vet prior to engaging in hydrotherapy sessions.
Pet Protect's Dog Insurance - Lifelong Extra Protection for dogs, covers complementary therapies like hydrotherapy, and a whole host of others.
Jacque Olsen's hydrotherapy pool, Doggy Business, currently has 150 canine customers on its books and Prinny has become quite the regular and joins the mutts for a good old 'moggy paddle'.