Massage is proven to: Alongside the use of massage for competition and general activity, it is also a valuable treatment should the animal be undergoing restricted exercise such as box rest in the case of horses or cage rest in the case of dogs. It can be used to rehabilitate your dog from injury, relieve discomfort, stiffness, lameness and help restore mobility.
The aim is to promote the relaxation of tight, inflexible muscles, to improve their elasticity and range of movement (ROM).
The red squirrel is native to Britain, but its future is increasingly uncertain as the introduced American grey squirrel expands its range across the mainland.
There are estimated to be only 140,000 red squirrels left in Britain, with over 2.5 million greys.
It is there responsibility to contact your vet prior to treatment and in some cases, following treatment, findings should be reported back to the treating vet.
There will be slight variations in how each therapist works, however, you should expect them to obtain a history, request to see your horse move, treat in an appropriate manor and provide you with advice and exercises to carry out in between treatments.
Although it is not clear when massage was first transferred to horses, there are plenty of references regarding the ‘strapping’ of carriage and draft horses, an early form of tapotement.
Before any treatment begins, by law, the therapist must seek veterinary referral.
Young red squirrels are weaned off their mother's milk after about 8 - 12 weeks, when they have developed a complete set of teeth. They favour pine cones, but also eat larch and spruce.
Their diet also includes fungi, shoots and fruits of shrubs and trees, and sometimes birds' eggs.
The Forestry Commission is working with partners in projects across Britain to develop a long-term conservation strategy that deters greys and encourages reds.
Red squirrel () Red squirrels build large nests, called dreys, often in the forks of tree trunks.Females bring up the young and are territorial over their brood.