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Pets In The City Wellness:

Canine Massage, Remedial, and Complementary Therapies




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Now Offering Weekly Canine Massage Sessions 

Wellness Wednesdays at Pets In The City Wairau Park. 

Professional Canine Massage Therapy for dogs from all walks of life - pet dogs, working dogs and sporting dogs of all ages, health conditions and temperaments. 

Introducing Mary-Anne Smith.

Mary-Anne is a certified canine massage therapist and specialises in a range of canine massage techniques suited to dogs from all walks of life – pet dogs, working dogs and sporting dogs of all ages, health conditions, temperaments and breeds. 

Mary-Anne also specialises in advanced treatments such as: 

  • Pre/post-surgery massage, 
  • scar tissue massage, 
  • myofascial trigger point release, 
  • lymphatic drainage, 
  • sports massage for canine athletes (e.g. agility), 
  • remedial massage for tri paw hounds(amputees), and 
  • oncology and palliative massage.

In addition to canine massage, Mary-Anne provides Photobiomodulation (or PBM) Red Light Therapy for all animals. A safe, non-invasive treatment that helps reduce inflammation and pain, stimulates the immune and lymphatic systems, thereby assisting and supporting the body’s natural healing process.

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Types of Canine Massage


Pre/Post Operative Massage and Injury Recovery

Is your dog recovering from a recent or historic injury? Is your dog scheduled for surgery or recovering from surgery? Benefits of massage include improved range of motion, circulation, lymphatic drainage and accelerated scar tissue healing. Once you have clearance from your vet to commence this specialised massage treatment, book your massage treatment time slot with Mary-Anne.


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Relaxation Massage for Anxious Dogs or Behavioural Issues

Massage releases endorphins and helps to calm the nervous system. Excellent for anxious dogs and those with behavioural issues. During massage sessions, Mary-Anne focuses on trust and relationship building to ensure a positive experience, especially if your pets are touch aversive. To achieve this, Mary-Anne works at your dog's pace and a 1-hour treatment time slot is recommended.

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Dog's With
Special Needs

Do you have a tripod pet that's had a limb amputated? Or a deaf, or vision impaired furbaby? Have a chat to Mary-Anne on how she can assist you.
Mary-Anne has a wealth of experience with animals that have special needs and will work with you and your vet team to enhance their wellbeing and assist them in living their best life. A 1-hour treatment time slot is recommended.

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Massage for Arthritis

Senior pets benefit greatly from massage, which helps improve circulation, flexibility and the immune system. It also helps in reducing inflammation and pain. A 1-hour treatment time slot is recommended for the first couple of sessions.     

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Canine Massage, Remedial, and Complementary Therapy Prices.

The below prices are per session, either 30 minutes or 1 hour, and are effective from 14th of February 2024.

Please note that all first-time massage clients are required to book an initial assessment. The cost of the initial assessment is $139, and the appointment lasts for 60 minutes. 

Half Hour 1 Hour 5 x 30 Minute Session Concession Card 5 x 1 hour Session Concession Card
Canine Massage, Remedial, and Complementary Therapies
$ 85
per session

$ 125
per session
Upfront cost $395
$ 79
per session
Upfront cost $575
$ 115
per session

Please note that Canine Massage Concession Cards are not available in-store, must be purchased online and are only available for purchase at the following link:

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Understanding Arthritis in Dogs

Arthritis is a common condition that affects dogs of all ages and breeds. It is characterised by inflammation and degeneration of the joints, leading to pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility. Various factors, including genetics, obesity, injury, and ageing, can cause arthritis.

Dogs with arthritis may exhibit symptoms such as limping, difficulty rising or lying down, reluctance to jump or climb stairs, and decreased activity level. It is essential for pet owners to recognise these signs and seek proper treatment for their furry companions.

Arthritis can be diagnosed through a physical examination, X-rays, and other diagnostic tests. Once diagnosed, managing the condition to alleviate pain and improve the dog's quality of life is essential.

The Role of Canine Massage in Arthritis Management

Canine massage is a non-invasive and drug-free therapy crucial to managing dog arthritis. It manipulates soft tissues to promote relaxation, reduce muscle tension, and improve circulation.

Massage can help relieve pain and stiffness in arthritic joints by increasing blood flow to the affected area. It can also help improve flexibility and range of motion, allowing dogs to move more comfortably. Additionally, massage stimulates the release of endorphins, natural painkillers that can relieve dogs with arthritis.

In addition to the physical benefits, canine massage can also positively impact the emotional well-being of dogs. It promotes relaxation and reduces stress, which can benefit dogs with arthritis, as stress and anxiety exacerbate pain and inflammation.

Benefits of Canine Massage for Dogs with Arthritis

Canine massage has several benefits for dogs with arthritis. Firstly, it provides pain relief by reducing inflammation and promoting the release of endorphins. This can help improve the dog's mobility and overall comfort.

Secondly, massage can help prevent muscle atrophy and stiffness in arthritic joints. Increasing blood flow and promoting relaxation can help maintain muscle tone and flexibility, preventing further joint degeneration.

Thirdly, canine massage can improve the dog's quality of life by promoting relaxation and reducing stress. This can lead to better sleep, improved mood, and increased overall well-being.

Lastly, massage can also strengthen the bond between dogs and their owners. The nurturing touch and positive interaction during massage sessions can deepen their connection and trust.

Techniques Used in Canine Massage for Arthritis Relief

There are various techniques used in canine massage for arthritis relief. The specific techniques depend on the individual dog's needs and preferences and the severity of the arthritis. Some standard techniques include:

1. Effleurage: This involves long, gentle strokes along the dog's body to promote relaxation and improve circulation.

2. Petrissage: This technique involves kneading and squeezing the dog's muscles to release tension and improve flexibility.

3. Friction: This technique involves applying deep pressure to specific areas to relieve muscle knots and trigger points.

4. Passive Range of Motion: This involves gently moving the dog's joints through their full range of motion to improve flexibility and reduce stiffness.

It is essential to consult with a professional canine massage therapist who is trained in these techniques and can tailor the massage sessions to meet the specific needs of the arthritic dog.


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