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 massage or laser therapy?

Although there are many benefits to massage and laser therapy, there are times when they are not safe for your dog.

Massage should not be done if your dog:

  • has a fever

  • has an open skin wound or infection (includes allergies)

  • is in the acute stages of trauma-massage can resume in 72 hours (cryotherapy may be used instead)

  • has a severe form of nervous disease (eg. acute disc disease). Massage would be extremely uncomfortable for your dog.

  • has digestive upset such as vomiting or diarrhea

  • has an area of acute inflammation. Massage can still be given, but this area will be avoided.

  • has an infectious disease

  • has cancer- depending on the type of cancer, the affected area can be avoided.  Please note, I will perform massage on dogs with cancer for palliative reasons if consent is given by owner with veterinary referral. 

  • has received vaccinations in the last 2 days

Laser should not be done if your dog:

  • is taking medications that cause photosensitivity, such as corticosteroids

  • is hemorrhaging

  • is pregnant

  • has a tattoo in the area to be treated

  • has cancer

  • has epiphysitis

  • is not neutered and is to be treated around the testicular area

Canine Pain Relief

Kitchener, Ont

N2A 3V4

*Please note, that the services provided by Canine Pain Relief are not a substitute for Veterinary Care