We are proud to now offer canine therapeutic massage at Crow Hill Veterinary Hospital! Massage may not be a well-known therapeutic treatment for pets, but just like with people, massage can provide many significant benefits for dogs.

A professional massage with our trained staff may enhance your dog’s overall physical and mental well-being and can often be a beneficial supplement to other more traditional forms of treatment. The benefits of canine massage vary but may include improved blood circulation and better muscle health to improve range of motion, especially for older dogs.

Massage Modalities

Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger point therapy identifies areas in the muscles that have adhesions or muscle knots, and then focuses on releasing those muscle knots one at a time. The core concept here is that by releasing a primary muscle knot, the entire muscle can then relax. This modality is a wonderful place to introduce massages for your fur babies and it is frequently used as a beginning point for animals as it tends to have a positive effect in a relatively short session. If your pet is in pain due to muscle strains caused by over-exertion, or even prior to surgery, this is a great way to love your pet even more.

Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)

Neuromuscular therapy focuses on the entire muscle group and the insertion and activation points of a muscle—this can be from overuse, repetitive stress or even athletic injury. The goal for humans as well as pets with this therapy is to remove adhesions (those fun knots we all know so well) and allow the muscle to return to a normal state.

Lymphatic Drainage

Lymphatic drainage works with the lymphatic system to help gently move fluids out of swollen limbs. This modality is wonderful for your pets following a surgery where their legs have become swollen due to fluid retention.

Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy is a non-invasive, hands-on healing modality that focuses on the wave-like rhythmic pulse that goes through the entire body. Whether that body is yours or your furry companion’s, the modality works in quite the same manner, allowing the body to heal areas of trauma or pain.


Reiki, a Japanese modality, is a type of energy work that allows the body to heal through gentle touch or no touch, using positive energy to heal the body. This pleasant technique is excellent for tired aching muscles and very sore dogs and even functions well as palliative care in the last weeks you may have with your companion.

If you are interested in massage or energy work for your pet or would like more information, please contact Crow Hill Veterinary Hospital