Before treating your dog I need vet consent to do so. Somerset Canine Massage Therapy respects the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 and the Exemption Order 2015 by never working with a dog without first obtaining vet consent. You can download a vet consent form by clicking on the vet consent tab in the drop down menu.
The first session typically lasts 90 minutes. I will go through a full consultation form with you to find out about your dogs activities of daily living including their diet, exercise, and play, and any concerns you have. I will then do a gait and postural analysis which will give me an idea of any areas of injury or overcompensation. This is followed by a full body palpation where I can get an idea of any muscular issues your dog may have, feeling for scar tissue, strains, trigger points and spasms.
The massage itself will last around 45-50 minutes, treating the whole dog, not just the primary area of concern. I will use a range of techniques from Swedish, Sports, Deep Tissue and Myofascial Release, responding to your dogs individual needs. After the treatment I will explain what I’ve found, and discuss an aftercare and treatment plan with you.
Follow up treatments if required last an hour. Clinical canine massage is a results driven therapy with improvements generally being seen in 1 to 3 treatments. Following your dogs third treatment I will write a report to your vet. In the event that your dog has not made any improvement by the third visit I will refer you back to your vet for further investigation.
Some orthopaedic conditions and also sporting dogs may benefit from regular maintenance treatments.
Each visit costs £35. For home visits over 15 miles away a mileage charge may apply, to be discussed at time of booking.