Getting Treatment

 

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. I normally contact your vet directly to gain consent, but if you already have a vet visit planned you can download a vet consent form by clicking on the vet consent tab in the drop down menu.

Initial Consult - 

I normally treat your dog at your house as I find they’re more relaxed, and if needed it gives us a chance to have a chat about any tweaks we can make to your dogs living environment to make life easier for them.

The session lasts around 90 minutes and involves 

  • Full consultation about your dogs lifestyle, behaviour, any concerns you have and previous medical history
  • Gait and postural analysis
  • Full body palpation
  • Massage treatment
  • Aftercare and treatment plan discussed and agreed with you

Follow up treatments - 

Some dogs, usually younger dogs seeking treatment for fitness or sports, may only need one treatment. Others will take a couple more treatments, especially those with orthopaedic conditions or chronic injuries. Nervous dogs may also take a little longer as I aim to work with the dog to build their trust, and will never force a dog to accept treatment.

Clinical canine massage is a results driven therapy with improvements usually being seen in 1 to 3 treatments. Following your dogs third treatment I will write a report to your vet to keep them updated with my findings and treatment I have given. In the event that your dog has not made any improvements within the initial course of treatments I will refer you back to your vet for further investigation as while massage is fantastic and benefits most conditions, sometimes a condition needs further vet investigation and treatment, or a different type of therapy.

Maintenance treatment -

Many dogs will benefit from regular maintenance treatment to keep them in the best condition possible. Sporting dogs, those with orthopaedic conditions and senior dogs will definitely all benefit. We can have a chat about the optimum time between treatment for you and your dog, factoring in your dogs lifestyle and activity levels, any conditions or chronic injuries, and your dogs comfort with being treated.

The schedule we agree will be personal to you, I treat some dogs every 4-6 weeks, many see me every 3-4 months, and some see me once or twice a year just to check and resolve minor issues. I strongly believe every dog would benefit from at least a once a year check, as it's a lot easier to resolve a minor muscular issue that to treat a chronic long term injury that has started to cause other problems.

Cost - 

Each visit costs £40, payment is either via BACS or cash. If you live outside of my regular treatment area I may still be able to arrange a visit but with an extra charge for travel, we’d discuss that at the time of booking.