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Canine Massage

Cheri and TobyMy entire life, I’ve been an animal lover, and I believe that massage and body work is just as beneficial to animals as it is to us humans. I also believe that the reasons that we seek these services for ourselves (pain relief, stress reduction, relaxation, etc.) are the very reasons that we should seek them for our animals.

Our canine companions bring so much into our lives. They provide a constant and unconditional love that we just can’t imagine life without. They want nothing more than to be with us at every moment, as close as possible, and are forever grateful for and dedicated to us. Massage is an excellent way to thank them for all of the joy and companionship they bring into our lives everyday.

Although massage is not a replacement for veterinary care, it is certainly a benefit to your dog’s well-being, and an investment in his or her health.

Why does my dog need massage?

Animals, just as us humans, become stressed and battle anxieties. Some animals have experienced trauma or have bonding issues. Others become stiff and sore from playing fetch, or from the natural process of aging. While many of the stressors animals endure mirror those of humans, animals can’t express their need for help like we can.

Where will the dog massage take place?

Dog massage sessions take place at the home or location of the dog.  Please make sure that you have an area free of distractions for the massage session.  The area does not need to be large, but large enough for the therapist, the owner and the dog to be in the area together with room to move.  I will provide floor mats that the massage will take place on.

What does a dog massage session consist of?

Dog Treats

First of all, the owner must be present for the massage session. If you bring your dog to my facility, you will be asked to arrive several minutes early to complete a brief medical intake form regarding your animal. This is to inform me of any illnesses, injuries, or personality traits that I should be aware of.

Then, I will spend a few minutes building trust with the animal – essentially “getting permission” from the dog to touch him or her. Finally, I will move forward to conduct a massage.

How long is a dog massage session?

The canine massage session will last as long as the dog will tolerate, or until I complete a thorough session that I feel has provided maximum benefit to the canine as well as met the expectations of both canine and owner–which ever comes first. The time of tolerance varies from dog to dog.

How much does it cost?

Paw MassageAny session up to 30 minutes is $30.00 + tax

If the dog will tolerate longer than 30 minutes, the charge is $1 per additional minute. An additional travel fee will apply.

Benefits of Canine Massage:

  • Increases circulation allowing better flow of oxygen and nutrients, and quicker removal of waste and toxins
  • Promotes relaxation
  • Stress / anxiety reduction
  • Decreases pain
  • Increases range of motion
  • Loosens tight, constricted muscles
  • Helpful if the dog has experienced trauma or bonding issues
  • Stimulates the immune system
  • Much more!!!

Your dog would NOT be a good candidate for massage therapy if he or she has any of the following conditions:

  • Aggression
  • Fractures
  • Cancer
  • Open wounds
  • Certain skin conditions
  • Fever
  • Infection
  • If your veterinarian does not advise

If you are in question about whether your dog can benefit from massage therapy, please contact your veterinarian for approval prior to scheduling a session.