Holistic Veterinarian Techniques: When NOT to utilize Canine Massage

Canine Massage Therapy has many benefits as I have previously discussed. But, it’s important to keep in mind that although veterinary massage may be considered by many to be either “innocuous” or “harmless”, this is a GROSS misconception. It should not be performed on any animal with the following conditions:
1. Fever problems
2. Any infectious disease (bacterial or fungal)
3. Internal organ problems
4. Gross fractures (or suspected fractures)
5. If the patient is on any medications that would cause major side effects if their absorption rate was increased
6. Under no circumstances should massage be performed on any kind of mass that has not been diagnosed as benign
7. On the area of any recent surgical intervention

A skilled and trained Veterinary Massage Professional is not just one who can carry out the techniques and perform the “movements” of massage, but who also knows when not to perform this modality, and why.

Dr. Sarah Kalivoda

Mountain View Animal Hospital & Holistic Pet Care

Reno, Nevada