What Dogs?

Can all dogs have Canine Massage?

Canine massage can help all dogs from all walks of life. It doesn’t matter if your dog is a working dog, competes at agility or is purely your companion to go walking with; all of our canine friends can benefit from massage at some stage during their lives.

Canine Massage can help dogs that are in recovery, suffering with long term arthritis, ageing or have simply sprained a ligament or strained a muscle or tendon. Canine Massage can also assist dogs that are nervous or are suffering with stress or anxiety, perhaps they have recently been re-homed. Whatever the issue massage can really transform your dog’s life.

What can massage help with?

Depending upon your individual dog, its lifestyle and age, canine massage can help in many different ways. Below I have broken down signs and symptoms you might see or notice for varying lifestyles. However these lists are nowhere near exhaustive and obviously there are numerous overlaps as many issues can affect all dogs regardless of lifestyle or breed. The one thing in common is that canine massage can benefit them all.

The Working Dog

Canine Massage can help with:

  • Lameness/Limping
  • Not properly weight bearing or favouring a particular limb
  • Slowing down
  • Unable/unwilling to carry out tasks
  • Crying in pain
  • Twitching down back and sides
  • Stiffness after activity or rest
  • Premature aging
  • Loss of spark
  • Not sitting straight or balanced
  • Not comfortable in movement
  • Difficulty stretching

Giant Breeds

Canine Massage can help with:

  • Dogs struggling to move or irregular and uneven gait
  • Orthopaedic conditions such as Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Arthritis
  • Lameness or limping
  • Uneven top line
  • Touch Shy
  • Post surgery
  • Signs of aging
  • Slowing Down
  • Stiffness after activity or rest
  • Difficulty lying down and rising
  • Difficulty getting in and out of car
  • Pacing
  • Reluctance to go for walks
  • Unwillingness to get out of bed

The Rescue Dog

Canine Massage can help with:

  • Nervous behaviour
  • Irritability and unwilling to be touched
  • Accustoming your dog to being handled if they are “touch shy”
  • Trust issues with humans
  • Limping, Lameness
  • Orthopaedic conditions such as Arthritis, Hip Dysplasia, Spondylosis
  • Stiffness after activity or rest
  • Hyperactive dogs
  • Underactive dogs

The Pet Dog

Canine Massage can help with:

  • Stiffness after activity or rest
  • Slower pace and uninterested in exploring on walks
  • Supporting Orthopaedic conditions such as Arthritis, Luxating Patella, Sondylosis, Elbow Dysplasia, Hip Dysplasia
  • Uneven weight distribution
  • Twitches down the back
  • Hopping with back legs
  • Lameness or limping
  • Uneven gait
  • Reluctance to go for a walk
  • Difficulty going up/down stairs
  • Difficulty getting in/out of the car
  • Unwilling for paws to be touched
  • Touch shyness
  • Signs of ageing
  • Difficulty stretching

The Agility Dog

Canine Massage can help with:

  • Knocking down poles
  • Unsteady on contact equipment
  • Lack of focus
  • Reluctant to weave or coming out of the weaves
  • Limping or Lameness after a performance
  • Difficulty reaching forward in the long jump
  • Stiffness after exercise
  • Slower pace
  • Measuring
  • Difficulty stretching

The Ageing Dog

Canine massage can help with:

  • Stiffness
  • Slowing down
  • Difficulty laying down or rising
  • Support of Orthopaedic conditions such as Arthritis, Hip dysplasia, Spondylosis
  • Reluctance to go on walks
  • Difficulty going up and down stairs / in and out of car
  • Signs of ageing
  • Difficulty getting out of bed
  • Twitches down spinal muscles
  • Lack of interest or enthusiasm

Please note that I do not carry out any massage treatments without the prior consent of your vet. For a vet consent form please ‘click here