In November 2015, Tess was suddenly struggling to get up and out of her bed. This happened very quickly, almost overnight. We then noticed her limping lots and an arch to her back. This was more obvious after a walk. On taking Tess to the vet we were advised they thought she had arthritis. The reason they could only advise this is she is such a tough cookie, she refused to move when examined, never flinched when touched. She gave nothing away.
On sourcing information about arthritis and how to help her, we found the suggestion of massages. A member of staff at our vets suggested Catriona Dickson.
Tess had her consultation and there are no words for how grateful we are to have met Catriona, not only has she provided Tess with a better quality of life, that I’m in no doubt she would not have got from just using the advised medication. Catriona has been able to describe Tess’s condition in a way that has educated us more as owners.
Tess has become so comfortable with Catriona’s calm and nurturing nature that she allows the full body massage, this has given us a better insight into her body and how it specifically works for her, further knowing what we need to do in the long term to support Tess to be the most comfortable.
Since the initial consultation massages, we continue to visit once a month. The change in Tess is huge, she has not had any issue getting up after walks, she will stretch her body out which she hadn’t done for a while. Her back is less arched and our biggest issue after visiting Catriona is trying to stop Tess running around like a puppy. We can visible see how much better she feels once the massage has taken place and I would happily recommend Catriona.
Sally Smith, Bathgate
Jazz had an agility win yesterday! So clearly her massages have worked wonders!
Angela Cairns, Biggar
Just wanted to let you know Titch ran amazing this weekend, he was on fire both days and zero lameness. His massage worked wonders for him.
Janis McArthur, Glasgow
I heard about Catriona from one of my agility friends and went to her to see if she could help with my large Belgian Greonendahl shepherd who had become extremely lame after rest in her back leg. She is a young dog and was walking as though she was an old dog.
The vet had checked her and could not find anything wrong. Straight away Catriona could see the muscles on her rear back leg were not as developed on one side. Catriona has being working with Sasha for several months and now her limp has all but gone and both rear legs are the same. She is a bit of a miracle worker as she has fixed what my vet couldn’t find and I now have my big bouncy girl back.
Trudi Shannon, Livingston
Thanks for seeing our old GSD Eddie, he is like a new dog even after a couple of sessions. He has always been a toilet roll stealer however in the last 6 months or so we had noticed he hadn’t done this trick, however after the first session when we thought he was sleeping in his bed he snuck away and then his head appeared round the living room door with one in his mouth and that “come play” look on his face – great having a young dog back again!
Grant Neilson, Edinburgh
I have a very fit 8 1/2 year old crossbreed and although she retired from agility this season she still requires 2 – 3 hours of mental and physical exercise a day. A couple of months ago after a normal day she was very lame on her rear leg after complete rest in the evening, she didn’t indicate any pain whilst checking it over, so we did the usual metacalm for a few days and rest. But the problem continued, fine whilst out during the day, lame in evenings, x-rays showed nothing obvious, and received second opinion from East Neuk over concerns about cruciate.
Again nothing obvious, I contacted K9 Massage Clinic and got an appointment with Catriona, during our first visit she could feel fiberous tissue in the lumbar region and possibly where the problem was coming from. After 3 sessions with Catriona my dog is completely sound again, the big test was a visit to the beach, after a 2 hour walk and complete rest after supper my dog was bouncing around throwing her toys around. Thank you so much to Catriona and K9 Massage Clinic I now have chaotic evenings again!
Leigh Cameron, Aberdeen
Molly is a 15 year old working sheepdog who participated in flyball for around 9 of those years. Catriona has been providing Molly with ongoing massage therapy to help loosen her stiff old muscles. Molly has weakened back legs, spondylosis in the lower part of her spine and some minor strains in her rear legs. Massage has helped loosen and relieve the muscles in Molly’s shoulders as her front legs do all the work of locomotion now. Molly is always sprightly a couple of days after the massages and her benchmark ‘happy howl’ makes an appearance again! Thanks to Catriona for the ongoing therapy.
Marguerite Fleming, Aberdeen
My border collie, Sol, went lame a few times at his agility class and kept knocking poles. I took him along to Catriona to have him checked out and found that he had a few strains and some scar tissue along his back. A couple of days after his first massage he was acting like a puppy again! He started coming back up on to the bed again – which I’d never really noticed he’d stopped doing to my shame! – and jumping into the car instead of climbing in. After his course of 3 massages he’s like a different dog…he’s full of energy and back to always wanting to do something! He’s back to taking what I call his ‘dafties’- takes a toy out to the garden, tosses it up in the air then takes tearing round the garden at full speed, picks up the toy and off he goes again! It’s a joy to see him like this. My husband, who was sceptical of the benefits of massage, has even remarked on the difference in Sol. Thank you so much Catriona for giving me my crazy boy back again. 🙂
Ann Murdoch, Laurencekirk
I have noticed a big difference in my Springer Kyla since getting her checked out and massaged by Catriona. I didn’t realise the little girl was ‘snappy’ because her muscular hind quarters were so tight plus a couple of other strains! After only 2 sessions she already looks so much more relaxed and at ease… and I can rub her hind legs without getting warned off!! Well worth a visit… you may not notice anything just now but best to catch early.
Barbara Sloss, East Kilbride
Canine Massage has worked wonders on my Brodie. She’s an Irish Setter and has torn her cruciate. Before the massage she was old and grumpy and now she is loving and keen to go for a walk again, a great improvement. I thought those days were gone forever.
Anthony Jervis, Edinburgh