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 first obtaining vet consent, it is illegal for me to do so. By first gaining consent, your vet has the opportunity to pass on relevant information about your dog.

   My vet has refused to sign the consent form, 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
  • Recent breaks and fractures
  • Regular or uncontrolled epileptic fits

Your vet may also feel that a different course of action is more appropriate at this time, or may need to know more about clinical canine massage. If your vet would like to discuss your dogs condition or would like to know more about what the treatment involves, I am 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 in most cases it helps to relax and reassure them. It also gives you a chance to understand any issues your dog may have and to ask me any questions.

   I don’t think my dog will lie down, can you still treat him

Your dog may surprise you with how well they settle, many do relax and lie down once they get used to the treatment. However plenty of dogs do prefer a different position, or wriggle around a bit, I’m still able to adapt my techniques and treat them anyway. I also use techniques to stimulate your dogs parasympathetic system, the part of the nervous system that helps them to 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, and by identifying and treating these at an early stage it can prevent them becoming chronic or painful problems. 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 is getting rid of waste and toxins at a higher than normal rate as it begins to heal itself, and as a result your dog can feel slightly worse for 24-48 hours while they recover. They can appear quiet or lethargic, drink more, have a loss of appetite, urinate more and in some cases appear stiffer than before. This is all perfectly normal and I will discuss this in more detail at your dogs first appointment, but if you have any concerns following your dogs treatment please do get in touch. Some dogs will show no symptoms, or will immediately appear full of energy, that is also fine, every dog is different, and symptoms can also vary in your dog depending on the type of treatment they have had.