Frequently Asked Questions
How often should my dog have a massage?
There is no rule of thumb as to frequency of massages. I would not know the answer to the question until after the first evaluation massage. At that time, I would be able to suggest a plan.
Is massage therapy for dogs mostly beneficial to older dogs, or do younger ones benefit in the same way?
Obviously most aging dogs will benefit greatly from massages. It helps them adapt to the aging joints, muscles, and lymph and vascular system. Younger dogs benefit in the same way humans do at all stages of the lifespan. Some have a structure that creates aches and pains, some do silly things like fence running, digging, etc. These activities lead to the weekend warrior syndrome.
Our dog gets plenty of exercise and is very healthy, would there be any noticeable benefits in adopting a regular regime of massage therapy treatment?
Yes, all dogs can benefit from regular maintenance massages. They play hard. They slip on wood floors. They jump off and on things. So yes, even healthy dogs can benefit from regular massages.
My two year old dog seems to be limping. Do you think that a massage would help?
Whenever someone calls with a case such as this, I ask a number of questions. Does your dog fence run? Does your dog dig? Do you play ball or frisbee with your dog? Do you have wood or laminate flooring? If you answer yes to any of these questions, I explain that a massage can help for a bit. But you may have to stop a particular behavior or you may have to put runners in your home. Otherwise, it will continue to happen.