- Canine Massage Therapy
**Canine Massage Therapy should never be used to diagnose any medical condition. Nor should it be used instead of Veterinary care. Canine Massage Therapy is meant to be used in conjunction with your veterinarian team.**
Now why use the word "approximately"? Well, as you've probably noticed in your daily life with your dog they sometimes have their own opinion on what they should be doing and how it should be done. This is because they are living and breathing beings that feel emotion and can sometimes make decisions for themselves. So if your dog decides that a full 15 minutes of massage just isn't in the cards our groomers will respect that. Massage therapy is something we do FOR the dog, NOT TO the dog. There are cues that your groomer is trained to see and react appropriately to. While 15 minutes is an ideal time to work toward for massage therapy it may not always be achievable on the first, second, or even third try. This just means that we will work with your dog to achieve optimal results from their massage. Because of this set time for massage the grooming appointments will be extended 15-30 minutes to give us a proper amount of time to make your dog Gorgeous.
Now, is CMT outside the scope of a groomer's practice? Absolutely not, provided your groomer has some training in CMT, which the Riverbanks groomers do. Many groomers are moving from the "beautifying your pet" scope of their job and moving more to a paramedical position for your dog. The term paramedical is meant as a person or service that is used to supplement and support your dog's veterinary team but doesn't require you to be a fully qualified physician. Your dog sees your groomer 7 to 13 times a year (this is based on a 4-8 week recurring grooming appointment) whereas your dog may, hopefully, only see the vet 1 to 2 times a year. A lot can happen in 6 months. This is where your groomer, as a paramedical professional, can help point out new aches, lumps, weight loss or weight gain. Think back to your last few grooming appointments; did your groomer say something about a new lump on Fido's tail? Or perhaps that FiFi had a foul odor and an excess of ear wax in her ear that could be an ear infection starting? These are things that your groomer may notice because they see your dog not as often as you but more often than your vet.
This is a service that I feel will be advantageous to your dog and to their groom.