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A mobile service providing dog massage, Bowen Therapy, and nutrition advice for dogs and cats across greater metropolitan Melbourne.
I aim to help maximise your pet's overall health and happiness.
I aim to help your dog through:
All consultations are conducted in your home, where your pet feels most comfortable.
- Bowen therapy; and
- nutrition advice.
Consultations are available seven days per week.
Dogs benefit from massage for the same reasons humans do:
- it's great for the muscles;
- it improves blood flow and nutrient uptake;
- it speeds up the removal of toxins;
- it improves the condition of their skin and coat; and
- generally improves overall health.
Muscles can damage easily because of arthritis, an accident (e.g. running into something), over-enthusiasm, skeletal problems or poor posture, etc. If a dog has an injured muscle he/she may show signs such as limping, lack of willingness to walk or run, pain when touched in certain spots, difficulty standing up or sitting down etc.
Massage can assist in healing an injured or underperforming muscle. It can also play a preventative role in maximising the health of a muscle, which in turn can help in avoiding some injuries and allowing the muscle to heal well and quickly.
I use my knowledge of canine myofunctional therapy and Bowen therapy to provide the best treatment for your dog.
Bowen Therapy is an holistic treatment which draws upon the body's own ability to heal. It is performed by using small cross-fibre frictions and can be used to treat musculoskeletal issues in small animals (dogs and cats).
Small animal nutrition
Nutrition plays a huge role in an animal's overall health. It affects the health of every part of the body, including joints, bones, skin, teeth and gums, the immune system, fertility, internal organs and muscles.
Poor nutrition can lead to problems such as skin allergies, weak bones and joints, arthritis, poor digestion, bad breath, breeding problems, gum disease, pancreatitis, cancers.... the list is long.
The best diet mimics the diet a healthy dog or cat would have in the wild: based around raw meaty bones, raw meat and raw vegetables.
I have a Certificate in Small Animal Nutrition from the National College of Traditional Medicine (NCTM).
I am happy to talk with you about the role diet and nutrition plays in the overall health of your dog or cat, and offer some advice.
Frequently asked questions
What's involved in a consultation?
I'll ask you about your dog's history and lifestyle, including their diet, exercise, environment and medical history. It's important you let me know everything you can about your dog and their history, as this can affect the treatment and its outcomes.
I'll observe your dog and how he/ she moves. I may ask you to walk the dog slowly around the room or yard so I can watch their movement. I'll discuss with you any issues I find or any recommendations I may have.
How long with the consultation take?
The total time of the consultation can vary significantly, from 40 minutes to an hour and a half, depending on the size of your dog and whether they're a bit nervous during the first massage.
Some dogs can be quite nervous, especially if they haven't had a massage before. It's important not to 'force' an animal to have a massage, so if a dog is too nervous I'll sit near or with them and wait until they're more comfortable before I begin the treatment.
Sometimes an animal may have a lower tolerance for massage so the first treatment may be a little shorter.
I have a large dog - is that a 'small animal'?
Yes. I treat all dogs.
How much does a consultation cost?
Each consultation costs $80 per animal (cash only). There are no other fees or charges in metropolitan Melbourne. Outside metropolitan Melbourne a small travel fee can apply.
I have a Certificate in Canine Myofunctional Therapy; a Certificate in Small Animal Nutrition; and a Diploma of Canine Rehabilitation and Wellbeing from the National College of Traditional Medicine (NCTM).
I have studied the Small Animal Essentials of Bowen Therapy and will continue to expand my knowledge of this discipline.
I am a member (and currently the President) of the Small Animal & Equine Naturopathic Association (SAENA).
Appointments are available seven days a week between 10 am and 8pm (last appointment 7pm).
Consultations are based in your home, where your dog feels most comfortable.
I cover metropolitan Melbourne, but can travel outside this area (for a small additional travel fee). If you live outside this area please contact me to discuss if I am available, or whether I could refer you to someone in your area.
If you would like further information about the services available, or if you would like to book an appointment, please contact me on either:
mobile: 0410 693 172 (call or text); or
email: [email protected]
- Certificate in Canine Myofunctional Therapy
- Certificate in Small Animal Nutrition
- Bachelor of Commerce