What the Owners Say

Tony and Nikki with Bear

posted 31 May 2013, 00:58 by susan davies   [ updated 28 Oct 2013, 10:45 ]


Bear is our 13 month old Newfoundland dog, we got him from the breeder at 8 weeks and quickly realised that he was having problems standing, we instantly thought the worse and contacted the vet who gave us all the advice he could, we resigned ourselves that our dog probably had hip dysplasia. After lots of internet searching and research we found HandOnHounds and spoke to Susan, her advice was first rate and we quickly returned to the vets and asked them for a recommendation, the practice knew of Susan and had used her skills before, they stated that they did not know if it would do any good for a dog so young but we had nothing to lose by trying and so we went ahead with the treatment. After 9 months of treatment we now have a very strong lively beautiful puppy that we wished for. Susan was fantastic with Bear and we feel we would not have got him to where he is today without her.  Her knowledge is second to none and she makes the sessions great fun, Bear used to make such a fuss of her and loved the water tank. The vets were really impressed with the speed and amount of progress made from the puppy that could hardly stand.

Thank you so very very much for sorting out our Bear, we will always be indebted to you, I could not recommend your services highly enough. 


Lindsey and Hudson

posted 19 Dec 2012, 10:56 by susan davies   [ updated 23 Mar 2016, 15:48 ]

I first brought Hudson, my Newfoundland, to HandsOnHounds about two years ago. Suffering with spinal
problems and arthritis in his front legs, he found walking uncomfortable and he would chew himself. Susie's gentle and controlled form of exercising has worked wonders. His muscle mass has greatly improved, he no longer chews and most of all he can go on nice walks again. He comes weekly to keep him fit, and at nearly 11yrs old, he looks fantastic, fit and healthy. Hudson and I owe a great deal to Susie and her hydrotherapy.

Tracey and Kip

posted 23 Jun 2012, 07:56 by susan davies   [ updated 23 Mar 2016, 15:46 ]

Following surgery to repair both cruciate ligaments some years earlier, Kip developed degenerative joint disorder in his hips. I thought I was going to lose him in 2010 when his hind quarters were extremely weak. My vet referred Kip for canine hydrotherapy and, somewhat sceptically, I agreed. To say I was amazed at the results is an understatement. Following ten weekly sessions he was back to his old self. I wanted to maintain Kip's muscles therefore Kip has had monthly maintenance sessions for the last 18 months. He is now a fit and happy 13 year old who looks around half his age. I can wholeheartedly recommend Susie at Hands on Hounds for the hydrotherapy and massage sessions.

Maddy with Peanut

posted 27 Mar 2012, 11:25 by susan davies

“After he ruptured his cruciate ligament and damaged his meniscus, Peanut was a very sorry looking Terrier, and equally peeved about being grounded for 3 months (food now being his “brightest” moment of the day). Hand on Hounds were a saviour for Peanut. With Susie's gentle massage, followed each week by gradually lengthened hydrotherapy sessions, he made a full recovery. His diminished leg muscle quickly returned to normal size, as did his waistline! Susie we cant thank you enough.”

Linda and Claire with Diesel

posted 22 Jul 2011, 11:02 by susan davies   [ updated 23 Mar 2016, 15:49 ]



Diesel is a 4 year old mastiff x had a ruptured cruciate ligament operation and we took him to Hands on Hounds where Susie was really kind and after his treatment of hydrotherapy he is now back to full fitness, he enjoyed his treatment with Susie and I would thoroughly recommend Hands on Hounds.  Thank you Susie

Mike and Emma with Rhubarb

posted 30 May 2011, 09:19 by susan davies   [ updated 23 Mar 2016, 15:59 ]

We were a bit sceptical when our vet suggested hydrotherapy for our cat Rhubarb following surgery for hip dysplasia, he's had a lot to deal with in his life and water isn't one of his favourites. The thought of putting him in water and on a harness seemed like it might be a step too far!

Fortunately Susan put our concerns to rest and got Rhubarb used to the treadmill gradually; so stress, no hassle. I think he enjoyed the massage more than the water but it was amazing how quickly we saw results. I wouldn't say he enjoyed it but he certainly didn't panic which was important to us as the brave little guy also has a heart condition. After just a couple of weeks he was moving around a lot more freely and after ten weeks he's now jumping fences and chasing butterflies. Amazing given he has a joint missing...
We can't thank Susan enough for her patience and the care that went into helping Rhubarb recover; who'd have thought that after just a few weeks a cat would be jogging along happily up to his chin in water! 


Jackie and Harry with Sparky

posted 18 Jul 2010, 07:07 by susan davies   [ updated 21 Jul 2010, 14:58 ]

The benefits of the treatment have been enormous
Our lovely Sparky was rescued from a puppy farm and whilst there sustained damage to her left hind leg. She couldn't put weight on it and trotted along on 3 legs, which of course was quite tiring fro her.
We were referred to HandsOnHounds and the massage and hydrotherapy has strengthened her bad leg so that now she uses it, as you can see from the picture.
The benefits of the treatment have been enormous - not only does she have more energy and fitness but she has lost weight and looks even better than she did already.
Thanks Susie!

Fiona with Louis

posted 17 Jun 2010, 13:09 by susan davies   [ updated 17 Jun 2010, 14:04 ]

Louis has strengthened up so that he now enjoys his walks again

My Golden Retriever, Louis, suffers from hip dysplasia of the right hip and also spondylosis of the lower spine which makes his hind legs quite weak. With regular massage and hydrotherapy with Susie he has strengthened up so that he now enjoys his walks again with his canine family, Shane, Grace and new addition Brady. His overall demeanour has improved and he is becoming quite naughty again, even running off at quite a speed to greet another dog, which he hasn't done for a long time. 

Thank you Susie for your help with my special boy.

Roger & Sheila with Tasmin

posted 24 May 2010, 13:55 by susan davies   [ updated 17 Jun 2010, 13:40 ]

The day after Tasmin's first massage/therapy session we were both amazed at how much improved she was, barely limping at all
'Tasmin badly sprained her shoulder in July 2009 and despite following veterinary advice on recuperation, every time she got to the stage where she was allowed exercise off the lead her exuberance resulted in her aggravating the injury and we had to start again with very restricted exercise. When she was still lame in 2010 we worried that she might never fully recover so we spoke to a masseur who dealt with human sports injuries and he told us about Susie. After our vet gave Tasmin a thorough check including x-rays, he diagnosed the problem as bicipital tendonitis and said he was happy for us to go to Susie.
The day after Tasmin's first massage/therapy session we were both amazed at how much improved she was, barely limping at all. As it could not have been a physical change in such a short time we concluded that having to use her shoulder whilst in the tank had made her realise that she could stretch out without pain. Having made that mental breakthrough we could concentrate on buildling up her muscles again to protect the joint. With Susie's massage and hydrotherapy and lots of walks on a short lead we now have a fit and limp free dog again. Thank you, Susie, without that mental breakthrough we would still be struggling to get her fit.

Richard Allport BVetMed, VetMFHom, MRCVS

posted 20 May 2010, 08:22 by susan davies   [ updated 13 Jun 2010, 10:12 ]


After only a couple of treatments with Susie I could see a dramatic improvement  
I referred Tag, an eleven year old Border Collie who is a patient of mine, for treatment to HandsOnHounds. He has a long history of stiffness and back pain, but had responded well to the acupuncture sessions I was giving him regularly. Despite this good response, Tag was becoming gradually less mobile and less williing to exercise. After only a couple of treatments with Susie I could see a dramatic improvement - more mobility, less stiffness and a general improvement in energy too.
 Tag continues to progress well, and I shall certainly be referring other patients to HandsOnHounds.
Well done Tag, and well done Susie!
Richard Allport BVetMed, VetMFHom, MRCVS
The Natural Medicine Centre

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