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This is a fully mobile service available throughout Greater Christchurch.  We get better results from seeing a dog in its own home.  Our pricing is based on a core service area around the metropolitan area bounded by Belfast to the north, Hoon Hay to the south, Hornby to the west and Parklands/Bromley to the east.  But we travel as far as Rangiora, Lyttelton and Governor’s Bay, Leeston, Lincoln, and Darfield, too.  If you are not in our metro service area, we will quote for the price of your consultation.

Mobile service area in Canterbury
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An initial consultation for (up to 90 mins) includes:

  • Review of your dog’s lifetime veterinary records
  • Physical assessment including gait analysis and nose-to-tail hands-on exam of muscles and limbs
  • Massage session using acupressure, trigger points and laser, as appropriate
  • “Game Plan” including home care suggestions
  • A handmade, fresh treat for your dog from our own range of treats
  • First stamp on your loyalty card (a free bag of treats after every 5th appointment)

A follow up consultation (up to 60 mins) includes:

  • Discussion of your dog’s condition since last treatment
  • Massage session using acupressure, trigger point and laser as appropriate
  • Adjustments to your home exercise programme, as required
  • A handmade, fresh treat for your dog
  • Another stamp on your loyalty card (free bag of treats after every 5th appointment)

If you are located within the metropolitan service area, an initial consult is $117 and follow-ups are $81.

If you are outside of this area, we will provide you a quote.  We base our quotes on travel time and distance.  Payment is by EFTPOS at the time of your consultation.

Fear Free techniques allow practitioners to adapt their approach to the animal’s emotional state in order to accomplish required procedures including massage, rehab, veterinary exams and grooming.  Fear Free certification requires study and the passing of an examination, and with re-certification requirements that include additional professional development.

Fear Free practice is about treating your dog with respect and working with them at a pace that suits them.  I chose Fear Free certification after hearing a client tell me that they went to an animal physiotherapist who muzzled their dog.  That dog was in pain and the session would have accomplished nothing because the dog’s pain and fear levels would have outweighed any benefits of the rehab programme.  More importantly, the experience conditioned the dog to be fearful of all other practitioners that were brought in to help him.

We ask for a minimum of 24 hours’ notice if you have to cancel your appointment; this gives us a chance to offer your appointment to someone else (and to keep us working!).  If you cannot give us this advance notice, we may charge you up to the full cost of your consultation for a late cancellation – this is entirely at our discretion.

This depends on the policy and insurer you have.  Some insurers limit or restrict coverage for complementary therapies.  Although we are familiar with the different insurance companies, we always recommend that you check with your insurer about coverage.  We do not charge our clients for completing the relevant sections of their claim forms, or for sending copies of our notes.  Please understand, however, that payment is expected at the time of your consultation and it is your responsibility to seek reimbursement from your insurance company.

Yes.  We can use either Traditional Chinese Medicine food therapy or NutriScan testing or a combination of both to help sort out your dog’s diet.  These techniques work for raw, kibble and homemade diets.

NutriScan is a saliva test developed by Dr Jean Dodds in the USA.  It will identify food ingredients that your dog is sensitive to.  Saliva test kits must be shipped to the USA for analysis and we discuss the findings with you to help match your dog with foods which are appropriate for them.

A food therapy assessment looks at your dog’s health status and conditions that are associated with too much or too little heat.  We achieve balance by matching food ingredients to those conditions.  Food therapy can be done in person or via Skype/phone.  A consultation includes:

  • Review of your dog’s lifetime vet records
  • Interview (up to 45 mins)
  • Written report (via email)
  • Follow-up Q&A session (15 mins)

It’s heartbreaking when you’ve received a diagnosis that your dog doesn’t have long to live.  Care at this time is palliative to focus on providing relief from symptoms, pain and physical and emotional stress.  In conjunction with medication prescribed by your vet, acupressure massage is a gentle modality that helps with pain relief and gentle stretches will help keep muscles healthy.  In-home care means a sick dog is not having to travel in the car when they may be too uncomfortable to do so.  I support my clients with a quality of life scoring tool that will help you track your dog’s condition and to make decisions about euthanasia.  It is always my honour to support guardians at this crucial time in their dog’s life.

Laser uses light at specific wavelengths.  When cells absorb light energy, a series of events in the cell begin to increase intracellular metabolism and stimulate healing.  Compromised cells respond better than healthy cells to photochemical reactions.  Laser light has a beneficial effect on nerve cells which helps to block pain signals to the brain, making laser therapy ideal for helping acute and chronic pain.

My laser system is a Class IIIB laser imported specifically for my practice.

That depends.  We can only ship to locations in New Zealand where CourierPost has a chiller at the depot.  And we can never ship cakes during the warmer months of November through March because the delivery vans are not refrigerated.  It costs $37.93 for non-signature delivery and $39.08 for signature delivery – weekday deliveries only.  If a cake is not an option for you, we sell party packs of dog treats and dog toys that may be suitable for celebrating your dog’s birthday.  Remember to sign up to our Birthday Club, too.

Area of service

Our fully mobile service is available throughout Greater Christchurch.  Our pricing is based on a core service area around the metropolitan area bounded by Belfast to the north, Hoon Hay to the south, Hornby to the west and Parklands/Bromley to the east.  But we travel as far as Rangiora, Lyttelton and Governor’s Bay, Leeston, Lincoln, and Darfield, too.  If you are not in our metro service area, we will quote for the price of your consultation.


Mobile service area in Canterbury
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