Wales' first dog gym opens

The Dognasium, in Swansea, opened its doors on Monday 4 April and will provide a hub for doggie fitness, rehabilitation and training services, as well as day care facilities.

Operated by an IAAT qualified animal veterinary physiotherapist and staffed by a team of trained physiotherapy assistants, the gym boasts specialist equipment such as treadmills, physio-balls and cavaletti poles, and classes in agility, training and weight management.

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Behind the project is Neath-based CS Animal Hydro and Physiotherapy, whose existing work helps pets recovering from surgery, or who have long-term chronic conditions such as arthritis. The gym will be an extension to the work the firm already does at its base on Banwen Farm in Bryncoch, which includes a purpose-built canine hydrotherapy pool.

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Lesley Johnston, of CS Animal and Hydro Physiotherapy, told South Wales Evening Post, "The concept is to help treat dogs who may be overweight, or suffer from chronic conditions such as arthritis, and help them to control the symptoms.

"This will be the first special canine rehabilitation fitness and exercise centre in Wales, run by a qualified animal physiotherapist.

"As well as providing exercise, it will be able to help with weight management, and agility and we hope to provide dog walking groups, which might be attractive to older dog owners who might prefer to walk their dogs in a group."

To find out more about The Dognasium go to http://thedognasium.co.uk/.

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