Why We Do, What We Do
Did you know that a canine massage is one of the easiest and fastest ways to improve your companion’s well-being? In just under an hour, your dog can experience the healing, comfort and advantage edge that massage can provide! The benefits are endless, but look down to read more about the benefits of a SpryDog Massage.
Athletic & Geriatric Dogs
Anxious & Working Dogs
Dogs/Animals in Recovery
Canine Massage Benefits Information
All body systems can benefit from massage as the whole animal is considered when assessing needs. While different than human massage, canine massage uses similar techniques such as pressure, strokes, and vibration to relieve muscle tension, soreness, spasms, and weaknesses. It interrupts the pain cycle by increasing oxygen to muscles and joints. Discomfort from arthritis or dysplasia is relieved through the release of endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine. Dopamine and serotonin levels are linked to decreased stress levels and relaxation. Massage therapists often work with animals to calm hyperactivity, anxiousness, and nervousness specifically because of this benefit.
Massage engages the parasympathetic system which aids digestion, relieves constipation, and can further increase relaxation as it positively affects the heart and respiratory system. Massage lowers the heart rate, decreases blood pressure, and temporarily increases the amount of blood the heart is able to pump at once.
Some believe connective tissue benefits the most from massage. Massage elongates and softens connective tissue and fascia, resulting in better blood flow, increased flexibility, and range of motion in limbs. Working and Athletic dogs find that sore and tense muscles are relaxed and they are able to recuperate faster from tired or pulled muscles. Healthier skin, hair, and coat are an additional benefit as natural oils are spread throughout the skin and fur.
The healing benefits of massage have been widely researched and documented. No harmful effects have been recorded when massage is applied properly and under correct circumstances.
You may see the benefits of massage immediately after your session. In some circumstances, it may take several massages to see improvement. Some owners notice their dogs sleep better, rise from lying down easier, and move with less lameness or stiffness. Some canines “shake off” stiffness faster after rest or have a number of “good movement” days. Your pet may feel an energy boost or come to you for more rubs/petting the following a massage. It some instances, it may take a day or two before you see a difference in your companion.
You should take note of any changes your dog experiences after massage and how long they last. Its normal for some dogs to be thirsty, need to relieve themselves more, or be a sleepy following massage. It’s important for the practitioner to receive this feedback as it helps target areas for subsequent massages.
If you have questions or concerns about your companion and how they are behaving the following massage please reach out to your practitioner.
What To Expect
We Come to You!
We know that strange places, smells and sometimes even car rides can be stressful for your pet. That is why SpryDog Massage is an in-home, mobile service. Offering massage in a dog’s home is the best way to ensure that your pet is comfortable and receives the maximum benefit of massage.
1. The Initial Appointment
Your first appointment will last 60-75 minutes, and include an evaluation and introductory massage session. This meeting will provide an opportunity for you and your dog to meet me, and for me to learn about your dog.
Sessions are going to vary from canine to canine, but your questionnaire will allow me to conduct the best possible therapeutic session. A full intake will provide health, history, training, medication, and veterinary information.
2. The Session
3. After the Session
You may see noticeable results after only one session, but sometimes it may take several. Sometimes, pet owners tell me their dog sleeps more soundly and their older dogs are more active and comfortable.
An added benefit of any form of massage for your dog is the additional hands on bonding time you can enjoy. With that comes the awareness of any subtle changes in your dog’s body or health.
SpryDog Massage services the North Shore area of Massachusetts and mainly within a 15-mile radius of Peabody, MA. A travel fee may apply to surrounding towns, not within the radius. Please contact us for travel rate in your town at (978) 273-2330, or email us at SpryDogMassage@comcast.net
SpryDog Massage Service Area
A travel fee may apply to surrounding towns not within the radius. Please contact us for travel rate in your town at (978) 273-2330, or email us at SpryDogMassage@comcast.net
Rates & Services
In-Home SessionsInitial Appointments
- The Initial Appointment for any pet typically lasts 60-75 minutes and includes assessment, history, and initial impressions.
In-Home SessionsSubsequent Appointments
- The Subsequent Sessions are billed at $75 per 45-60 min session. A series of 3-sessions are available at a reduced rate of $195.
SpryDog Massage is a mobile-massage therapy service that provides Dog massage and Dog therapy services to the North Shore of Massachusetts and travel costs are included in the service rate. Home services outside the North Shore are billed by mileage, time and assessed on an individual basis. Please contact us for the rate to your home today at (978) 273-2330, or email us at SpryDogMassage@comcast.net.
You can also purchase our SpryDog gift certificates that make wonderful gifts for dog-loving friends and family members!