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What to expect at your consultation

Your dog’s initial consultation will last approximately 1 ½ hours and will consist of your therapist asking about Medical History, Activities of Daily Living, Diet, Supplements and your dogs Main Areas of Concern.

All Guild Members work strictly in adherence with the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 and  Exemption Order 2015.  You will be asked for a consent form to be completed, but don’t worry as this is easily sorted out and your Therapist will ensure this is as easy and hassle free for you as possible.  They will work alongside your vet to ensure your dog gets the care they deserve and provide your vet with a written report to keep them updated on their improvements.

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They will also ask you to move your dog at different paces so they can assess their gait and also their posture. This is then followed by a full body Palpation which helps to identify areas of tenderness, injury, the tonicity of the muscle, its temperature and also its state.

Canine Massage Consultation with Arthritic Labrador

The treatment consists of a blend of 3 types of deep tissue massage and the treatment itself lasts for 40-50 minutes depending on the size of your dog.

You will be informed about the Healing Crisis or ‘Herxheimer Reaction’ so you are aware of the initial stages of recovery post massage. Also you are provided with a Maintenance Sheet which is individualised to each dog and may include exercises, light massage techniques, stretches and a list of Do’s and Don’ts!

Depending on what your Therapist finds, they will ask to see your dog a maximum of 3 times initially although some dogs may only need one appointment if it is for maintenance or an ‘MOT’.  Each dog is individual so your Canine Massage Practitioner will assess your dog and converse with you on the best possible route for them.

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For your peace of mind we want you to know that all Guild Members work Best Practice; this means that if they find an issue of concern that massage is not suitable for you will be referred back to your vet or they may think another therapy could be more suitable for them in order to attain the best results and refer you on to whom they think can help.

Whichever way, you can rest assured your dog will have the correct course of action for them; we pride ourselves on our saying which is ‘Whilst you may be paying for the treatment we are actually working for your dog’, their health is always our priority.