How do I Book an Appointment?
You can either call, email or leave a Facebook message. If I am unable to take your call, please leave a message with your contact details and I will call you back as soon as I am free.
How can I pay?
Payment is due at the end of each appointment. Payment methods accepted are cash or debit card.
Do you do home visits?
Yes, I will travel to you, treatment will be in your home or garden, where ever your dog is more comfortable.
Please see ‘PRICING’ for costs and mileage charges.
How do I find you in Aylesbury?
Unique Pets is based in Chamberlain Road and there is limited parking. I will send you full address details in a confirmation email or you can go to http://www.uniquepets.mobi/
How do I get consent from my vet?
Click here for the Vet Referral Form .
Alternatively, I can send you a Vet Referral form by email, which you will give to your veterinary practice. They will tell you when you can collect it, or they will post direct to myself. I am happy to say that most vets recognise the benefits of complementary therapies and are very happy to give their consent.
What if my Vet won’t sign the consent form?
If for any reason your Vet is not happy to sign the form, please let me know and I will call them for you and explain more about the CBT. From experience, once they know more about the technique, they are happy to sign the consent form. To date, I have not had a vet refuse to sign a consent form.
How many treatments will my dog need?
We recommend three sessions to start, approx. 7-10 days apart to see any possible improvements, we will continue to assess your dog and advise on further treatment plan.
What will my dog feel during treatment?
Our human Bowen Technique clients have reported tingling, pins & needles, waves of heat and cold, deep relaxation and rejuvenation. After working with dogs, including my own dog, it appears that dogs may experience similar sensations, they often respond by looking at the area being treated, nibbling the skin, scratching, twitching muscles, slowing their movements and changing their breathing patterns.
Will my dog enjoy their CBT session?
During the first session some dogs can be a little cautious, as it’s all very new to them. Over time your dog will come to know that I am there for their treatment and can be keen to start, often sitting or lying next to me, presenting me with where they would like treatment to start. The changes in nervous ortimid dogs can be quite remarkable.
Will my dog need to be lifted onto a treatment table?
No, all treatment is carried out on the floor, this allows the dog to move around freely, which is an important part of the treatment.
Can I bring a mat or blanket along for my dog?
Yes, you can bring anything you think will help your dog settle calmly. We want to create a calm, quiet environment, so please avoid toys and treats which may raise your dog’s excitement levels.
Will my dog’s treatment hurt?
A CBT treatment should never hurt, so if an area of the body is painful, then treatment can be performed in other areas. Throughout treatment I will closely observe your dog, and if they shows any signs of discomfort (no matter how subtle the signs) then treatment is immediately stopped in that area. Canine Bowen Technique is a gentle and non-invasive, there will be no manipulations, no pulling or cracking of joints, no massaging with oils. All observations are made through watching your dog move naturally and gently running my hands over its body.
My dog is very nervous, I am worried that they won’t settle.
I know this can be a concern for owners. I will take things slowly, letting your dog get to know me whilst we work through your information. I will always work at your dog’s pace and will never force treatment on your dog.
My dog is touch sensitive and/or fidgety.
CBT is done with a few small moves with natural breaks which will be either given by me or by your dog, so there is no need for your dog to stay still or to be constantly touched all over. It is important for your dog to be given the choice to move away when they need to. Also, as the moves are done at specific points, the effects can be felt in areas away from the move itself. With dogs who don’t like continuous touch, or who have areas of sensitivity (lower back, feet, ears etc) then CBT can be ideal.
My dog is very excitable and jumps up, will this be a problem?
No, this is not a problem. It’s important to let your dog behave naturally and that you don’t a need to “keep your dog under control”. I am more interested in your dog being able to be themselves during the treatment. You might find that treatment helps with this sort of behaviour.
If my dog doesn’t want the treatment, can I just hold him/her down?
No! The dog comes first, and treatment is never forced on them. It would be unethical for me to attempt treatment under those circumstances, it would break any initial trust I have built with your dog. If your dog does not want the treatment, then CBT is not for them at this time.
Will CBT interfere with work I am doing with a veterinary behaviourist?
CBT can work very well alongside any behavioural programme you may be following under the supervision of a veterinary behaviourist. I am always happy to talk to other professionals about CBT so please get in touch or ask them to contact me if you or they are in any doubt.
My dog has cancer, can he still have CBT?
Yes, as long as your vet has given consent. We treat the dog, not the condition. A way of thinking of it is that we do not treat cancer, but we treat a dog with cancer. Treatment may be beneficial whether or not you decide to proceed with medical treatment for your dog’s condition. If your dog is having chemotherapy, please get in touch to discuss.
Why are you not spending time treating my dog’s specific problem?
CBT is a holistic therapy, which means I treat your dog “as a whole”, not the condition or symptoms, if your dog is, for example limping then you may find that other areas of body will be treated and not just the affected leg. Working on different areas of the dog helps to address the causes and other possible imbalances, which may have built up as a result of the dog trying to compensate for the original problem.
Can more than one dog be present in a treatment?
It would depend entirely on the dogs and whether they are both having treatment, please get in touch to discuss further. Sometimes bringing more than one dog can work well but sometimes it’s more appropriate to bring your dog on its own. If the treatment is at your home address, it can sometimes be beneficial to the dog receiving treatment to have a canine companion with them, it can promote calmness and confidence. we can discuss and assess the situation before treatment starts.
My dog is having other complementary therapies, can they have CBT at the same time?
Please do not book an appointment for any other physical therapy: such as physiotherapy, osteopathy, chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, McTimoney or TTouch within seven days of your dog’s first treatment or seven days after the last treatment. This is to ensure that the body is not overloaded with too much information and it can be hard to tell which therapy is making a difference. As always, if you are not sure, please get in touch to discuss.
What if I need to cancel an appointment?
If you need to cancel, please give me as much notice as possible.
Late cancellations with less than 24 hours’ notice may incur a fee of half the treatment price.
Cancellations once I have started to travel or if you are not home on arrival, a full treatment cancellation fee will be payable.
If you do not turn up for a booked appointment a full treatment fee will be payable.