Can I stay with my dog during treatments?
Yes, you are more than welcome to stay with your dog. Most dogs are more comfortable and relaxed with their owners present.
How many sessions will my dog need?
The number of sessions each dog requires is as variable as the reasons they require treatment and how they each respond. Some dogs may only require a few, while others, for example with chronic issues receive ongoing therapy.
Can my dog eat before therapy?
Generally I ask that owners refrain from feeding their dog one hour before their appointment. Massage and exercises can stimulate the digestive tract and although bathroom breaks are completely fine, it's better if your dog isn't focused on needing to run outside. Please do allow your dog to have water at any time.
Can I exercises my dog before their appointment?
If your dog is able to partake in exercises then yes, gentle exercises, such as a walk is a great way to warm up muscles and stretch things out before therapy.
What if my dog is aggressive or doesn't like being touched?
Your dog will benefit much more if it is relaxed and it's muscles are not tense. A plan can be discussed based on the therapy needed. I am more than happy to work with a trainer to assist you and your dog.
My dog has arthritis, can I just give him aspirin?
Please do not give your dog any medications before talking to your veterinarian. Dogs do not metabolize some drugs the way people do. Giving your dog aspirin, no matter if it is buffered, can lead to serious health consequences such as GI bleeding.
Are there contraindications for any treatments/therapies?
Yes, there are contraindications for when your pet should not receive certain treatments. Please inform us of any medical conditions your pet has, if they have received vaccinations in the last 2 days prior to their treatments, or if anything in their medical history has changed, including medications and supplements.