Canine Massage Guild

Case Studies


Weasel came to me at 14 years old, in great shape for her age, but with some stiffness especially in her shoulder. After becoming seriously ill with kidney disease she lost muscle tone. I treated her every 6 weeks, with a physiotherapist also seeing her in between sessions.

The regular treatment helped to keep Weasel moving freely, and eased her neck and shoulder pain. She was an absolute star to treat, coping so well with techniques that can at times be painful, and always responding well to treatment. Weasels owner nursed her through her kidney issues as well as doing what she could to help her continue to enjoy life, meaning Weasel had an enjoyable active life right up until she passed away at 16.

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Patterdale Terrier Amy came to me at 14 years old for support with Spondylosis. Alongside massage, Amy also had physiotherapy and hydrotherapy and the combination worked extremely well to keep her fit and moving as freely as possible. When I first started treating her, she had a very stiff neck and was struggling to move her neck to eat, or to walk up and down steps, but she responded well and was able to move more freely around the house and on walks.

I treated Amy around every 6 weeks, and although she had set backs with other health problems, she led an active life enjoying long countryside walks and occasionally having mad puppy like zoomie moments! Her owner was proactive in seeking help whenever she spotted any changes in Amy, and followed all her at home advice, while still making sure she did the things she enjoyed. Sadly Amy passed away at 15 due to her other health problems.

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Ellie is a 9 year old Lurcher, who had been showing intermittent lameness with no obvious cause. At her first treatment I found adhered fascia restricting her movement, as well as extensive scar tissue in her Epaxials, the muscles running alongside her spine. After three initial treatments Ellie was feeling a lot happier, back doing her normal Lurcher zoomies and getting into trouble again!

Lockdown interrupted Ellie’s treatment, but we’re back on track now, with maintenance massages at 4-6 week intervals to help her cope with pain and muscular issues from newly diagnosed arthritis. She responds brilliantly to treatment, always more keen to run afterwards, and getting up after sleeping easier. Then we know it’s time for a treatment when getting in the car, or on top of the log shed gets a little trickier!

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