Frequently Asked Questions

Why do you need vet consent to treat my dog?

I respect the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 and the Exemption Order 2015 by never working on a dog without veterinary consent, it is illegal for me to treat your dog without first gaining consent. By gaining consent from your vet they also have the opportunity to pass on any relevant information about your dog.

My vet has refused to give consent, what can I do?

 Your vet may have refused consent because your dog has a condition which means massage is contraindicated. These can include

  • Pregnancy
  • Cancer (although I can provide palliative care for some cancers)
  • Some skin conditions
  • Open wounds
  • Temperature or fever
  • Breaks and fractures
  • Regular uncontrolled epileptic fits
If your vet would like to discuss your dogs condition or would like to know more about what the treatment involves, then I’m very happy to talk to them.

Can I stay with my dog during treatment?

I prefer you to stay with your dog during treatment as it normally helps to relax and reassure them. It also gives you the chance to understand any issues your dog has, and also to ask any questions.

I don’t think my dog will lie down, will you still be able to treat him?

Your dog might surprise you with how well they settle, most do relax and lie down. However I am still able to treat your dog if they are wriggly or prefer a different position. I also use techniques to stimulate your dogs parasympathetic system, the part of the central nervous system that helps them relax.

Will my dog still benefit from massage if he doesn’t have an injury?

Your dog doesn’t have to be visibly lame to be suffering with an injury, dogs are incredibly good at hiding issues from us. Your dog may be carrying minor injuries associated with every day wear and tear, massage can identify and treat these before they become a bigger problem. Massage can also help to relax and calm an anxious dog. And sporting dogs will benefit from regular maintenance treatments to keep them performing at optimum level.

Will my dog suffer from any side effects following treatment?

Your dog may experience a healing crisis. Following treatment the body will be getting rid of waste and toxins at a higher rate than normal as it begins to heal itself, and your dog may feel worse for 24 to 48 hours. They may be quieter than normal and lethargic, drink more, have appetite loss, urinate more and in some cases may appear stiffer than before. This is all perfectly normal, however if you have any concerns following your dogs treatment  please get in touch. Some dogs show no symptoms and that is also fine.