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Veterinary Information

The Canine Massage Guild recognise the importance of having strong relationships with Veterinary Surgeons. We always work with your vet's consent and keep them updated on your dog's progress by submitting written reports after treatments.

Are you a Veterinarian interested in how Clinical Canine Massage can help compliment your work and results?

Are you a Veterinarian interested in how Clinical Canine Massage can help compliment your work and results?

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Are you a Veterinarian interested in how Clinical Canine Massage can help compliment your work and results?

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Guild Members will only treat your client's dog a maximum of 3 times initially as within this time the dog should respond to the treatment. If after 3 treatments the dog has not responded the client referred back to their vet. Why? Because it is part of our code of conduct that we work Best Practice. Of course should the therapy suit your dog you are welcome to discuss maintenance treatments with your practitioners.

All Guild Members work with Veterinary Consent and won’t treat a dog without it, acknowledging the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 and Exemption order 2015. As part of their studies they have had to re iterate the importance of this. We make sure this process is easy and painless for the owner by providing them with a consent form. Some insurance companies may cover massage treatment depending on your policy.

We are always happy to liase with you and your staff whether it be in person, by email or on the phone. At the end of a course of sessions you will be provided with a written report of presenting issues such as soft tissue injury eg: Strain and Issues eg: Ischemia.

How are Canine Massage Guild Members different from other massage therapists?

Specifically Guild Members specialise in Myofascial Pain Syndrome which often goes overlooked as the cause of mobility and behavioural changes and mobility problems. They are also highly adept at Palpation, possessing Advanced Palpation Skills that means they are able to detect Grade I/II/III Strains, Trigger Points, Ischemia, Sprains, Adhesions and Primary Cause along with Secondary Overcompensation.

Importantly they are not only trained to detect these issues, they are trained to do something about them with hands on non invasive treatment to help resolve soft tissue problems like Strains and support common Orthopaedic Issues like Arthritis or Hip Dysplasia. It's also an effective treatment for dogs with mobility issues who are unable to tolerate NSAIDS.

Detection of injury is performed via a thorough knowledge of the Musculoskeletal System involving cross fibre palpation and Origin/Insertions. Guild Members have also studied Common Orthopaedic Pathologies, Neurological Conditions, Skin Problems and Lymphatic Complications so you can be sure that should the Therapist find anything untoward, the client is referred back to you for diagnostic tests.

Guild members are also trained to have Advanced Palpation skills meaning they are able to identify muscular injury which may be ‘hidden’ by the body. We recognise we have the luxury of spending a whole hour with the dog and it's amazing how the body can change and ‘reveal’ issues it was once hiding or trying to protect over the course of a session or sessions.

Therapists are also able to identify soft tissue injury by the isolation of muscles, using our in depth knowledge of Origins and Insertions and Actions alongside Gait and Posture Analysis. Your local Canine Massage Therapist has studied Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports and Myofascial Release alongside Advanced Palpation Skills which has taught them the learned ability to be able to detect injuries like Acute and Chronic Strain, Trigger Points, Myofascial Pain, Hypertrophy, Atrophy and Ischemia.

Whether you are an Allopathic or Holistic Vet, we aim to work with you to improve the quality of life and mobility of your canine clients in 1-3 sessions. Give your local therapist a call or drop them an email; they may just be the missing link to help one of your patients.

Your Clients... Safe In Our Hands

To refer to a local therapist or to have a chat to see if Clinical Canine Massage is suitable to refer your patients simply click here for the Find a Therapist page. Any of the therapists will be able to talk with you and let you know if Clinical Canine Massage is a suitable therapy for your client.

They will ALWAYS require written consent via the Veterinary Consent Form they provide you with to ensure there are no contraindications. All Therapists are Qualified & Fully Insured with Professional Indemnity & Public Liability as would be expected of any Paraprofessional.


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What has your local Therapeutic Canine Practitioner studied?

  • Canine Anatomy & Physiology
  • Origins, Insertions, Actions
  • Soft Tissue Injury
  • Orthopaedic Conditions
  • Joint Disease
  • Neurological Disease
  • Skin Problems
  • Cardiovascular & Lymphatic Issues & Disease
  • Gait Analysis
  • Advanced Palpation Skills
  • Swedish Massage
  • Sports Massage
  • Myofascial Release Massage
  • Client Care & Clinician Skills
  • How to provide the client with a home care plan
  • Providing Veterinary Reports
  • Business Awareness


Your local Canine Massage Guild Member has trained for 2 Years and completed the 800 Hour Externally Accredited Therapeutic Canine Massage Diploma with the Canine Massage Therapy Centre Ltd. The lead tutor of the Centre, Natalie Lenton, has over 11 Years of industry experience and holds a range of massage qualifications including; Diploma in Myofascial Release (Dip.MFR), Sports Massage (VTCT) Sports Taping and Strapping, DORN Method, Swedish Massage, Diploma in Deep Tissue Massage (Dip.DT). There are 3 other Assistants who also aid in delivering the programme to ensure that the student receives plenty of hands on help and 1-2-1 tuition, with each assistant also holding a Qualification in Human Massage so the student is assured of correct technique application and leaves with a full understanding of the physiological impacts of massage on the dog.