A: In most cases yes. There are lots of benefits to Myofunctional therapy including both physical and psychological. Refer to the Benefits page for more information. There are however some contraindications relating to specific medical conditions that mean a specific treatment technique may not be appropriate. Always consult your vet before massage treatment if your dog has any medical condition.
A: It depends on what we are treating your dog for and what you would like to achieve. The first consultation involves getting to know you and your dog and takes approximately 1 hour. We take a comprehensive history and discuss the outcomes you are expecting and hoping for. It also includes a massage treatment. Follow-up sessions usually take approximately 30 minutes, but can be tailored to meet your dog’s needs.
A: Consultations usually take place in your own home where your dog is most comfortable.
A: Check out our Home Visits information page for all the details.
A: Safety and your dog’s health are our primary concern, so we do advise that you ask your vet if massage is suitable for your dog, especially if they have any medical conditions or you are concerned about their health in any way. If your dog is being treated to help with certain medical conditions or recovery from surgery, it’s good practice to check in with your vet regularly between massages.
A: When you make a booking or an enquiry, we will email you a Pre-appointment Information sheet with all the do’s and don’ts. This can also be downloaded from our site. In summary, it’s a good idea to Leave 1-2 hours between feeding and walking etc. before a massage unless the massage is for warming up or cooling down a dog for a workout. A Short, easy walk beforehand is fine; it is always a good idea to let your dog urinate and/ or defecate before a massage.
A: Yes. You should consult your vet before any massage treatment if you think there may be something wrong with your dog. Anything that may contraindicate treatment (meaning treatment is not advised) may prevent a treatment or make it shorter. If you notice any lumps, bumps, cuts or bruises for example, please make sure you make us aware before treatment takes place. Any changes in medical condition should also be mentioned. Also check the ‘When not to massage’ section of our Pre-appointment Information sheet.
A: Massage will be most effective when your dog is most receptive to the treatment. Your dog will never be forcibly restrained or forced into a massage, so wriggly or excited dogs or those feeling a bit anxious or unsure may benefit from the first couple of treatments by purely building a trusting bond with me. It’s just as important that you feel as comfortable with me as your dog does. If he or she becomes agitated or stressed, treatment will stop and we will discuss how to progress. Normally however, they soon realise that I am there to give a lovely experience and will relax into being treated.
A: As massage stimulates the body’s systems, they may need to urinate and/or defecate soon after a treatment. A gentle walk around the garden for a ‘pit-stop’ is advisable, unless your dog just wants to snooze the hours away, also not uncommon! Also make sure you provide plenty of fresh water as he/ she may also be thirsty as toxins and waste is helped through their system.