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For some people, natural healthcare and holistic therapies for animals is a whole new experience. And there might be niggling questions in the back of your mind. Don’t hesitate to drop us a line to talk things through. But, in the meantime, you might find the answer here.

Will there be a call out charge?

We only charge for travel if you’re more than a ten mile round trip from our HQ. When you get in touch, let us know where you live – and we can confirm whether there might be a small extra cost involved.

Will my dog have to go on a massage couch?

Because we know every dog and every situation is different, we’re happy to massage your dog on a massage table or on the floor – we’ll even bring a luxury memory foam dog bed with us! So whichever they choose, you can rest assured they’ll be more than comfortable!


How experienced will our practitioner be?

Not only are we a proud member of the Canine Massage Guild, a network of highly skilled Professional Clinical Canine Massage Practitioners specialising in soft tissue injuries and orthopaedic issue management, we’re also part of the Federation of Holistic Therapists, the largest and leading professional association for therapists in the UK and Ireland. This means we’re highly trained and know our specialised fields inside out.

Is it safe for my dog to have Clinical Canine Massage?

We offer a very professional Clinical Canine Massage service and respect the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 and Exemption Order 2015 by never working on an animal without gaining prior veterinary approval. In simple terms, this means we’ll only massage your dog if your vet considers it appropriate and safe to do so. Some diseases and conditions are contraindicative to massage and we’ll of course advise you of this when you get in touch.


Is Clinical Canine Massage the right therapy for my dog?

Not all conditions are suited to all therapies and it’s important to think about what therapy might be the most appropriate for your dog and their particular injury or condition. What you can be sure of however is that as a member of the Canine Massage Guild, we only work ‘best practice’. This means in the unlikely event that you don’t see any improvements within just three sessions, your therapist won’t continue to massage your dog and will instead refer you back to your vet for further investigation. However we’re confident that in most cases you’ll see improvements within just one to three massage sessions, and in this case, your therapist will then work with you to devise a personalised maintenance plan for your dog.

How long will it take to train my dog if I book in for Animal Behavioural Counselling?

How long is a piece of string? Every dog and every case is different and so the number of consultations required will vary from dog to dog. As a general rule of thumb, more complex behavioural issues will require more training sessions than basic obedience training for an eager-to-learn puppy. In any case however, Animal Behavioural Counselling should not be considered a quick fix. Successful behaviour modification and training requires hard work, consistency and patience.


Will you use forceful or aversive methods to train my dog?

Absolutely not! At Paw Vida we only want to see happy, healthy pets. So we never use and do not advocate any training equipment or methods which may intimidate, or cause pain and fear. We’ll use positive reinforcement techniques, a method of training which has been universally endorsed as the most effective, long-lasting, and safest method of dog training. By training positively, the relationship that will develop between you and your dog will be one based on trust, respect and love. And this special bond with your best friend will last a lifetime.