Vicky's Pet Services

Canine Massage

Treating chronic muscular pain and enhancing your dog's health and well-being 
Has your dog been injured?

Does your dog experience ongoing intermittent lameness, which is proving difficult to pin-point?

Does your dog work or compete in dog sports where they are likely to experience repetitive strain?

Has your dog become withdrawn and you've noticed a general lack of enthusiasm or other similar behavioural changes?

Does your dog struggle with simple tasks like getting up a
after rest and going up and down stairs or have they simply slowed down?

Does your dog have a diagnosed condition such as hip/elbow dysplasia, osteoarthritis, spondylosis, patella subluxation (think the 'Jack Russell hop')?

If the answer is yes to any of the above, then Galen Myotherapy could help. 

We apply individual specialist massage techniques using Galen's ground breaking choice-led protocol and based on detailed postural and environmental assessments. 

Practically every lameness in a dog will be from a muscular problem and most of the conditions are as a result of underlying conditions, old injuries or repetitive strains.

Galen Myotherapy delivers effective and measurable results within 1-3 sessions for many chronic conditions and situations. 

Positive P.A.C.T®

Galen Myotherapists are experts in pain and behaviour and will always treat your dog with respect . Your dog will always be given 'choice' using our Positive P.A.C.T® treatment protocol. We never used forced restraint and treatment will always take place on the floor or on a low level, where a dog is most comfortable. 

Positive P.A.C.T®  stands for Progressive Affective Cycle of Therapy. It is based on a cycle of choice-led treatment involving the patient (dog), their guardian and the therapist. Facilitating the dog to have freedom of movement, during the treatment process. It allows a dog to have autonomy over their own body and therefore autonomy over treatment of areas of painful chronic muscular issues or dysfunction. They are able to control the intensity and pace of treatment, enabling areas to be treated that would otherwise be highly resistant to any form of contact. 

  Galen's guiding principles: What makes Galen Myotherapy unique?
  • Choice led treatment
  • Owner empowerment
  • High level of specialist knowledge and training 
  • Behavioural understanding
  • Sharing of knowledge
  • Continual development
   All Galen Myotherapists are fully qualified and insured and only work with dogs
   that have a signed veterinary consent form that adheres to the 1966 UK
   Veterinary Act.
   For further information on Galen Myotherapy visit: 

   What to expect during the treatment process
  • Prior to treatment, I will request some information and/or images and videos about your dog to allow me to do a full and accurate postural assessment.
  • At the beginning of the first treatment we will discuss the results of the assessment and your dogs history, along with an opportunity to chat about any information relevant to your dog's case.
  • A visual and hands-on postural assessment will be carried out followed by the application of targeted massage techniques based on the findings.
  • Depending on how long it takes your dog to settle and feel comfortable will determine the duration of the actual 'hands-on' treatment they will receive. This can be variable, especially on the first session whilst the foundations of trust are built up.
  • Even if the hands-on time is limited, the techniques applied will still positively influence the body and the network of systems within it. 
  • Galen Myotherapsits are trained to observe and interpret a variety of responses elicited from your dog during treatment. Each will be responded to individually, effectively and respectfully to ensure a positive rapport is maintained throughout.       
  • Allow up to 1.5 hours for the first treatment and approximately 1 hour for subsequent treatments.  
  • An initial course of up to three treatments 7-12 days apart is usually recommended. A written report is then sent to your vet and ongoing maintenance treatments may be continued if both you and your vet agree it may be beneficial.   

Light therapy

During our massage treatments, we also offer our clients the option of the application of light therapy, which compliments all forms of physiotherapy. Quick and painless, this small hand-held device harnesses the healing power of red and infrared light at specific wavelengths and frequencies, and is proven to be effective in accelerating natural healing of the body.

Light therapy can reduce swelling and inflammation in acute conditions to aid stimulation of the immune system and to relieve pain, but it can also be used in conjunction with massage to further manage chronic musculoskeletal conditions such as; arthritis, joint dysplasia pain, fractures, overuse injuries, and muscle injuries. 

Pain and anti-inflammatory medication may be reduced with the use of light therapy within just a few treatments. 

Treatment prices
Consultation and Massage treatment one including pre-treatment analysis

Subsequent massage treatments

Maintenance massage treatments

**OFFER** Book and pay for a course of three treatments upfront

Light therapy device hire*
£50 (allow up to 90 minutes)

(allow up to 60 minutes. Actual hands-on treatment time is a maximum of 45 minutes)

£40 (allow up to 60 minutes. Actual hands-on treatment time is a maximum of 45 minutes)

(save £10)

£20 for 7 days
(*refundable deposit required. Hire period can be extended for an extra fee)

Other information
  • All Galen Myotherapists are fully qualified and insured and only work with dogs that have a signed veterinary consent form. Vets do not usually charge for this service, however before they sign the consent if they have not seen your dog for a while they may require you to visit for a quick check-up in case of any changes in health and to ensure it is safe for treatments to go ahead.
  • Click here to download an editable veterinary consent form for you to complete and send on to your vet. If preferable, this can be sent on your behalf.
  • Whilst we appreciate that cancellations are sometimes unavoidable, we would be grateful for as much notice as possible. Cancellations less than 24 hours before your appointment may be charged in full.

        Contact us today to find out if we can help to keep your dog moving!