Just like humans, most dogs can benefit from regular therapeutic massage. Benefits include:
Is massage appropriate for your dog?
Canine Massage is safe and effective for most dogs no matter what stage of life they are in. An assessment and health history is required to determine a customized action plan, and whether or not your dog's temperament is a good fit for therapeutic massage. Your dog's veterinarian must confirm there are no contraindications before treatment. Dogs that display fear aggression are not a good candidate for massage.
What does Canine Massage look like?
Massages are customized to your dog's health history, age, activity level, and pain level. All dogs react differently to massage, and it can take your dog a while to relax and build trust. Most dogs eventually really enjoy the therapeutic touch, and many fall asleep during or right after a session.
You can expect:
*Swedish Massage Techniques such as *Effleurage, Petrissage, Tapotement, friction, etc...
*Session notes that you can share with your vet or other providers.
I am interested in Canine Massage for my dog. What are the next steps?
1. Contact us and let us know a little bit about your dog
2. Verify with your vet (this can be a phone call), to make sure there are no contraindications for massage.
3. Fill out a health history form
3. Schedule an assessment
Massage sessions take place in your home (or backyard), so a clean, quiet place away from other pets, and children is required. Sessions take 45 minutes to 1 hour and include session notes and recommendations.
Cost is $65 per session or $50 per session as an add on while boarding.
Save $50 by purchasing a package of 5 for $275.
Jennifer Slater is a Certified Small Animal Massage Therapist. She received her training at the Northwest School of Animal Massage.