Animal Acupuncture, K9 Massage, Hydrotherapy and Healing Balm


I’m traveling once a month to Dunedin and Invercargill and I’ll be back in Dunedin on Thursday the 20th of May and Invercargill on Friday the 21st of May. Please get in contact with me if you would like to make a booking for your dog.


My clinic is located at 2 McCormick Street, Three Parks, Wanaka
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 10am until 8pm.


Hydrotherapy for Small Animals:

What is Hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy means ‘Healing in the Water’.
Hydrotherapy uses buoyancy, resistance, viscosity, and hydrostatic pressure to help a dog move the injured area they are trying to rehabilitate. It provides weightless physical therapy and removes the added pressure of gravity. The low-impact environment offers relief from pain, which will encourage the dog to increase its range of motion and flexibility, which again increases strength and muscle tone.


Conditions that may benefit from Hydrotherapy:
– Arthritis, Osteoarthritis and Spondylosis
– Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
– Luxating Patella
– Disk Disease
– Tendon, Ligament and Soft Tissue Injury
– Nerve Damage

Post-surgical Treatment:
– Hip Replacement
– Cruciate Repair
– Bone Fracture Repair
– Spinal Operations

But Hydrotherapy is also a great tool for Fitness & Conditioning Training and Weight Loss.

What are the steps a dog takes upon arrival through the end of a treatment?
The initial session can take around 90minutes and subsequent sessions take around 45-60minutes.
Prior to the session, I have received the veterinary referral and medical history about the patient. Any previous injuries, conditions and current medication I need to take into consideration about creating the correct treatment plan.
A full assessment of range of motion, muscle condition, muscle mass measurements, weight and general health will give me a good picture of the dog’s current condition.
After fitting the harness, we start with a warm shower, which will remove debris from the coat, warm up muscles and get the dog ready for the activity in the treadmill.
Water level, speed, incline and duration is exactly tailored to your dog’s injury, condition and fitness level. The qualified therapist needs to fully understand the characteristics of the water, like buoyancy, resistance, cohesion and hydrostatic pressure, to be able to set the correct water level, speed, duration and possible incline of the treadmill.
During resting time between reputations, your dog will perform different static exercises, like weight bearing exercises and receive massages to release tight muscles through the injury or through compensating of that injury.
Then we go back for the second shower, to cool down muscles and to help to recover from the activity.
Finishing off with a towel dry.

I’m also providing the primary health care provider with regular reports about the patients’ wellbeing and improvements along the rehabilitation journey until the dog fully recovers and goes back to its normal activity level.

Hydrotherapy is an important part of your dog’s recovery and rehabilitation plan, and might be covered by the insurance provider!



Dog Acupuncture Therapy:
Acupuncture is recognized by the International Veterinary Academy for Pain Management!

What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a style of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been in practice for more than 2,500 years.
Acupuncture, in its simplest sense, is the treatment of conditions or symptoms by the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body in order to produce stimulation and response.
Acupuncture is from the Latin words, “acus” meaning ‘needle’ and “punctura” meaning ‘to prick’.
Traditional Chinese medicine, including acupuncture, focuses on the underlying cause of disease, not just the symptoms manifested in each individual patient.

What condition can be treated with acupuncture?
– Musculoskeletal – osteoarthritis, vertebral disk disease, degenerative joint disease
– Neurological – seizures,  epilepsy, laryngeal paralysis, facial and nerve paralysis, and other central nervous system disorder
– Gastrointestinal – vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation
– Respiratory – asthma, coughing
– Dermatological – allergic dermatitis, any skin related problems

How safe is acupuncture and does it hurt?
Acupuncture is very safe performed by a qualified practitioner. Some animals may experience minor discomfort when needles are being inserted, but my needles are so thin that most patients tolerate them very well. Acupuncture is known to have a relaxing effect to the point that some animals even fall asleep during treatment.



Canine Massage/Myofunctional Therapy:
Put the spring back into your dogs step!

The term “myofascia” refers to the muscle, “myo” and the connective tissue that surrounds and attaches the muscle, “fascia”.
If you have ever had a massage yourself, you will be aware of the benefits.

Each dog is an individual, and each session is tailored to suit your dog’s needs. Activity levels, age and condition are all taken into consideration, and treatments are adjusted to achieve optimum health for your dog.

– Decreases pain
– Relieves muscle tension
– Improves mobility and activity level
– Reduces soreness, lameness, limping and stiffness
– Reduces inflammation around joints
– Improves joint health, flexibility and range of motion
– Rehabilitates soft tissue injuries
– Reduces stress and anxiety
– Enhances the performance of athletes, agility, sledding, hunting or working dogs.

Whether your dog is a professional athlete or family pet, massage will bring benefit to all, and will enhance your dogs quality of life.



Distance Consultation vis Zoom Conference or Facebook video chat:
This service is dedicated to fearful or reactive dogs’ that don’t enjoy a stranger’s touch or if you’re in an area and have no access to a professional massage therapist.

Via Zoom or Facebook, I will explain everything step-by-step and demonstrate different massage techniques tailored to your dogs’ condition on my own dog, so it’s easy to follow along.
During the Level 4 lockdown, I had a few distance consultations and they work just fine! The owners are actually very pleased in being a bit more involved in the treatment session and enjoying the special bonding time with their dogs’.

My treatments are not, nor are they intended to be a substitute for traditional veterinary care. They are complementary forms of health and care!