POOCHES will get their chance to be pampered at a new dog rehabalitation centre.

Canine Health and Hydro, which is based in Rimington, opened earlier this month and has specialist therapists to cater for dogs that have been involved in accidents and for those that need help to lose weight.

With a hot bath to swim in to help burn off those extra pounds, as well as a fully-trained canine physiotherapist, every man’s best friend can be top dog at the Howgill Lane centre.

The salon, which is in a farm house in the Ribble Valley village, also has a grooming salon and photography studio and can offer fitness courses.

But Stuart Redman, marketing manager, said it was not just larger dogs that could benefit from the facilities.

The 65-year-old said: “There are lots of fat dogs at the moment, particularly those that belong to elderly people who also have difficulty grooming and washing them.

“But the hot bath for dogs also helps them recover from injury and improves their fitness.”

The centre is run by Stuart’s daughter Poppy Redman, 25, a qualified canine physiotherapist, and her partner Steve Maney 35.

They also run Daisy Dog Grooming, which has salons in Padiham and Colne.

The business has also recently looked after a contestant from Chorley who featured on the ITV 2 programme Top Dog Model, which included reality television star Stacey Solomon on the judging panel.

Stuart added that dog insurance companies were now recommending the hydrotherapy treatments for animals that have had operations.

He said: “We have been getting vet referrals.

“They use us post operation to speed up recovery and help with any problems.”

Canine Health and Hydro is also hoping to create a couple of positions for people looking to get into the field.

For more information, visit www.caninehealthandhydro.com