A NEW 'canine hydrotherapy' centre is set to open in South Oxfordshire.

The owners of Woozelbears, which runs similar centres in Witney and Swindon, have applied for planning permission to open a new base in Didcot.

Hydrotherapy sees dogs put into water to help them get healthy.

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Woozelbears' equipment includes underwater treadmills, large bespoke pools, a hydrotherapy spa and a 'gait analysis treadmill'.

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File photo of Poppy the puppy having a canine hydrotherapy. Picture: Sarah Caldecott

On its website the company explains: "Hydrotherapy is a treatment that uses the properties of water to rehabilitate and improve an animal’s function.

"Dogs that are suffering from a medical condition or have had surgery benefit greatly from hydrotherapy, as it allows the animal to exercise in a non weight bearing environment.

"This relieves pressure on joints, reducing pain and encouraging movement."

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The firm has applied to open its new centre at Didcot's Trident Business Park.

Members of public can see the planning application at whitehorsedc.gov.uk using reference number P19/V0053/FUL

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