Animal Massage and Canine Hydrotherapy
Frequently Asked Questions...3. How much time will my dog spend in the water?5. If I book a 30 minute or 60 minute session, how long is my actual session?
1. What do I need to bring to my hydrotherapy appointment?
I have towels, harnesses, collars and leashes available for use during the session, so you won't need to bring anything special with you. During cooler weather, please bring towels or blankets with you for the ride home to ensure that your dog doesn't get chilled. This is especially important for older dogs.2. Will there be other dogs there when I arrive for my session?
We allow 15 minutes between appointments to allow time for drying your dog, any follow up instructions, and to schedule your next appointment. This usually provides ample time between clients so dogs are not meeting each other.3. How much time will my dog spend in the water?
During a hydrotherapy session, your dog will be in the water for the entire 30 or 60 minute session time. The amount of time spent on swimming or massage will vary based upon the needs of the individual animal. Typically older animals or animals recovering from an injury or surgery will spend less time swimming and more time getting massage during their initial sessions. As the animal's strength increases, they may be able to swim for a longer time.4. What if my dog is afraid of the water or has never been swimming?
I have worked with quite a few dogs that have never been swimming or are afraid of the water. Even for dogs that have swam in a lake, getting used to the pool and the idea of getting in to a pool with steps instead of a gradual beach can be different for them. I take as much time as needed to introduce the animal to the pool, teach them to swim if necessary, and show them how the pool works. Most dogs quickly figure out where the steps and benches are to rest, or the dog can be held on my lap if they prefer.5. If I book a 30 minute or 60 minute session, how long is my actual session?
You will receive the full 30 or 60 minutes for a massage or hydrotherapy session. I allow additional time in between clients for dog drying.6. Can my dog eat before a hydrotherapy session?
Please limit food consumption for your dog in the 4 hours prior to hydrotherapy sessions. They may have a snack and water, but please do not feed a full meal.
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Massage is not a substitute for veterinary care. Please consult with your veterinarian before beginning massage therapy for your pet. We are happy to work with your veterinarian on a treatment plan.
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