Welcome to Genesis Canine Hydrotherapy Clinic

A Professional, knowledgeable, compassionate Clinic dedicated to obtaining the best results in the care of your beloved dog

‘Our one year old dog, Bailey, was diagnosed with mild hip dysplasia 6 months ago and we were worried he would need surgery. However, our vet recommended hydrotherapy to improve his movement and strengthen his joints in the hope his overall condition would improve and surgery avoided. Bailey has been going for hydrotherapy with Karen for 6 months now and his progress/improvement has been amazing… so much so that our vet no longer believes he will need surgery and has recommended we carry on as he has improved so much. His weight and shape has completely transformed and his fitness has improved immeasurably. Karen is brilliant with him and he loves his weekly swim!’


Nelson from Cheshunt, Hertfordshire
Nelson from Cheshunt, Hertfordshire

Tumble’s Hydrotherapy Journey

In January 2016, my chocolate Labrador, Tumble, was diagnosed with arthritis in both front elbows.  He was nearly 7 years old but had been struggling with weight gain (he’d nearly hit 40kg) and he couldn’t do long walks anymore without becoming very stiff legged and limping.  Lack of exercise was not helping his weight.   As well as going on a diet and having special food, our Vet suggested giving Hydrotherapy a go as surgery was a last resort.   We did not know much about animal hydrotherapy at all and must admit our family wasn’t sure about it but we were willing to give anything a chance if it helped Tumble.

In February, we attend our first session with Karen at Genesis Hydrotherapy.  We immediately felt comfortable with her and she very clearly explained what she would be doing and how regular Hydro sessions would benefit Tumble.  She made a huge fuss of Tumble too and you could see she really loves the dogs she treats.  She was passionate about making him better.  He was very unsure on his first swim but Karen encouraged and praised him the whole time. She made it fun by throwing some doggy toys in the pool too.  We continued to take Tumble for weekly sessions and after a couple of months, we all noticed a huge difference in his strength and his shape!

Tumble started to lose weight and also limped less after his walks.  After 6 months, Tumble has lost 3kg and looks so much better.  He is so much fitter and Karen can tell how much stronger his legs are as his muscles have toned up.  We can go for longer walks and he can run after a Frisbee now without being in pain.  He has not limped for months and the real proof of how well he has done, was that at the end of August we did a charity walk up Pen Y Fan (the highest peak in South Wales – 886 metres) and Tumble climbed it with us!!!   It took us 2.5 hours to reach the top with lots of rests on the way, but we were so proud of him as 6 months ago, we would not even been able to think about doing a walk like this with him.  He’s like a puppy again with so much energy.  We still continue to attend maintenance sessions for Tumble too.

So for anybody that does not believe in hydrotherapy, Tumble is certainly proof it works!!

Caitlin & Tumble

After Nelson, our 11 month old Black Labrador, had an operation for elbow dysplasia we were advised that hydro therapy would be beneficial for his recovery.

We were so pleased to have found Karen’s hydro therapy locally. It was difficult for Nelson after surgery as he was unable to run around to burn off his puppy energy, so Hydro provided that avenue and allowed him to build his muscles to support his joints. Not only did it completely support his recovery he absolutely loved going for his weekly sessions. Karen provided a friendly and welcoming environment and actively monitored Nelsons progress. Karen was able to give us lots of professional sound and helpful advice to aid his recovery.

Now, six months on, Nelson is out and about with no limp in sight.  He runs around with his usual over-zealous excitement but still loves his hydro therapy sessions, just for fun!

Thanks Karen for all your work with Nelson – even when his enthusiasm was just too much!

Simon, Sue & Nelson

Nelson from Cheshunt, Hertfordshire
Nelson from Cheshunt, Hertfordshire

I have had dealings with Karen Fitz-Hugh as a canine hydrotherapist for several years, both as a client and as a vet referring clients to her. She has always conducted herself in a professional manner and has been friendly and helpful.

Amir Kashiv MRCVS - Veterinary Surgeon at Vets&Pets

Just before our dogs (Poppy, yellow Labrador) 2nd birthday she became unwell. she was referred to the RVC where she was diagnosed with a slipped disk and early signs of hip dysplasia. When she returned home our vet recommended that she should start having hydrotherapy. We met Karen at the centre, she assessed Poppy and started the hydrotherapy. At the beginning it was soon realised that Poppy was not like a normal Labrador as she didn’t like swimming! With Karen’s help and her caring and enthusiastic ways Poppy very quickly built up trust in her. Poppy is now 6 years old and still goes to see Karen every 2 weeks for hydrotherapy. Poppy’s condition has been greatly helped by the hydrotherapy and she always looks forward to seeing Karen.

Alan Warwick

Poppy from Buntingford, Hertfordshire
Poppy from Buntingford, Hertfordshire

Java was diagnosed with hip and elbow dysplasia at just under one year old. It was recommended by our vet that he should have hydrotherapy so we decided to attend a hydrotherapy centre, which he enjoyed. I was then recommended by as friend to see Karen and so we moved to Karen’s hydrotherapy centre and we have never looked back. The focus on Java during his weekly sessions and the individual attention is vastly different and by contrast to the other venue, there is  always someone in the pool with him making sure that he exercises all his muscles. This keeps his dysplasia stabilised, keeps his weight down and the additional bonus is overall enjoyment and the fact that he looks forward to it.

Java being my first dog and also a German Shepherd was quite a challenge. I want to thank Karen from the bottom of my heart for the wonderful times we have had, her patience with us and all the wonderful advice.

Stella and Java Vassiliou

Java from Hadley Wood, Enfield, North London