MASSAGE

Massage

There are many ways to stay active and healthy, but sometimes what we need to be healthy is actually passive.  Our massage program caters to that need.  Massage for dogs is the yin to the active exercise life.  Massage can benefit the whole body by focusing on the muscles and connective tissue, and allowing oxygen and nutrients to flow through the body without restrictions.  For some dogs, an injury or arthritis has prevented them from exercising, for others this ancient practice serves as a preventive to injury and an aid to lifelong health.

Problems massage can address

  • Arthritis or joint stiffness
  • Odd gait or limping
  • Anxiety or stress
  • Behavioral issues related to anxiety & fear
  • Digestive issues
  • High blood pressure
  • Discomfort or lameness due to a number of neurological and orthopedic issues, such as hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, CCL tears, Wobblers, Biceps Tendonitis, Lateral Shoulder Instability,
    & more

How to get started

Native Dog Wellness offers a free phone call to talk about what the best massage strategy for your dog and to set up an initial consult. Email amy@nativedogwellness.com or visit our Contact Us page to leave your information.

Service area & hours

Massages are offered at your home or FlowDog in Waltham. In home appointments available for no additional cost in Cambridge/Somerville. For appointments in towns outside of this area, a travel fee of $10 - $20 will be added.  All home visits will require an hour session, unless there are multiple dogs receiving treatment.
Hours - anytime 

Offerings

Massage - Initial Consult - 1 1/2 hour - $75

  • Short medical history and behavioral intake
  • Gait analysis
  • Warm-up strokes
  • Palpation of all areas of the body to detect any areas of stiffness, swelling, lumps, etc
  • Massage strokes to the affected areas, such as trigger point work
  • Passive range of motion to note range of motion & increase it
  • Cool-down strokes
  • An assessment of what was found as well as a treatment plan for
    your dog
“Amy’s massages have been very beneficial for Karlo. He has been having them every other week for several months and is definitely calmer and moves more easily."
— John

Massage - Full body - 1 hour - $60

  • Brief check-in with owner
  • Ability to work areas of compensation as well
    as affected areas
  • Initiate deeper breath through relaxation
  • Full body work
  • An assessment of what was found
  • Take home stroke or exercise for dog
“Massage has absolutely aided in Duncan’s recovery for both surgeries."
— Chrissy

Massage - 1-2 areas - 30 min - $45

  • Brief check-in with owner
  • Massage work to affected area(s)
  • An assessment of what was found
  • Take-home stroke or exercise for dog

How to Prepare for your Dog’s Massage

  • Unless pain restricts it, take your dog for exercise before the massage.
  • Let your dog do his/her bathroom business before the massage.
  • Bring only the dog being worked on to the appointment.
  • Wear comfortable clothes you can sit on the floor in - I may ask your help to keep your dog in a comfortable stay for the massage.
  • Think about what will help your dog relax and bring anything along that may help (including treats if they can connect to calm stillness rather than amped up excitement).