Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.

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Massage Therapy

What are the benefits of massage therapy?

In a rehabilitation setting, massage can be helpful for the following:

  • soothing and comforting a patient
  • calming the nervous system, improving muscle function by loosening restrictions
  • reducing the build-up of adhesions
  • softening and stretching connective tissues that may impinge the nerves
  • enhancing circulation
  • aiding in the elimination of biochemical toxins
  • create a mild inflammatory response that can jump-start healing

What conditions can massage help?

Massage can decrease musculoskeletal pain caused by tight muscles, help to loosen restrictions in connective tissue, improve range of motion in the limbs and improve a pet’s mobility. Certain massage techniques can also be used to stimulate the nervous system.

Will my dog or cat enjoy a massage?

Most pets will enjoy a therapeutic massage. It can be relaxing and soothing and can help alleviate pain. In some instances, the therapist will use deep tissue massage to alleviate trigger points or loosen restrictions. It can sometimes be a bit uncomfortable, but most patients handle the treatment well and enjoy their massage sessions. Massage is also a technique that our rehabilitation technicians teach to pet parents to enhance treatment at home.

Are there any side effects of massage?

The most common side effect of massage is relaxation! However, depending on the technique used, there can sometimes be some mild discomfort for a day or two after treatment.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 902.461.0951. We will take a history of your pet over the phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, we will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan over the phone and then return to your vehicle with your pet. Please ensure your pet has a properly fitted collar or is in a secure carrier. Please remove any additional clothing or blankets prior to our staff handling our patients to minimize risk to our team.

2. We are still OPEN but are now working in two shifts with reduced hours, reduced staff numbers and a need to close for extensive cleaning between shifts. Tuesday to Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

3. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

4. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus. You may see our team members wearing additional protective gear when interacting with our clients and patients.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives Inc.