Just as people receive massage to enhance the body’s well-being, PetMassage™is a practical, helpful addition to any animal’s health care program and complements both traditional and holistic veterinary care.

Overall Benefits of PetMassage™ Therapy

  • Improves blood flow and circulation
  • Revitalizes stressed muscles
  • Relieves muscle tension, soreness, and spasms
  • Balances the effects of stress and anxiety
  • Promotes healthy skin and coat
  • Enhances flexibility, range of motion, and joint function
  • Reduces chronic pain and discomfort
  • Enhances the immune system and helps rid the body of toxins
  • Frequently improves performance
  • Often assists in reduction of behavior issues
  • Helps reduce recovery time from an injury or surgery
  • Calms and relaxes the nervous system promoting overall wellness
  • For more information on how animals benefit from massage, please click here.

You may be saying, “I pet my dog (cat, rabbit, etc) all the time.   Why does she(he) need a massage?”  While petting is soothing and relaxing for both you and your pet, it is rubbing rather than massage.  The animal’s body actively responds and participates during massage.  Massage is the deliberate delivery of strokes using controlled pressure and intention.  It allows for more thorough assessment and increases circulation and aids in restoring and rebalancing the flow of energy throughout the body.  Massage is beneficial for both physical and emotional well-being.

Early Detection Allows for Early Intervention

Regular massage allows for early detection of health problems. Through touch and observation, I am able feel changes that have occurred in the skin and hair, identify health problems that may be developing, and notice behavioral changes.

How Many Sessions Will it Take? 

The number of massage sessions will depend on the health of the animal and the goals for the massage.  Typically, older animals benefit from 1-2 maintenance massages a month.  If an animal is rehabilitating from an injury more frequent massages are recommended. Specific health, behavioral or performance goals can be set and the number of sessions determined accordingly.


If your dog or cat is limping or injured, or if you suspect any sort of health problem, please contact your vet immediately. If you would like your animal to receive the benefits of pre- and post-surgery massage or want massage to play a part in rehabilitation from injury, please consult your vet first. It may be necessary for me to speak with your vet to determine the best way to incorporate massage into the healing process.

The following quote is from the letter I received with my certification.

I reviewed your test answers and documentation ….  Yours were especially excellent, very sensitive, responses to the exam questions.  It’s obvious that you are making a lot of animal clients very happy.

Jonathan Rudinger
PetMassage, Ltd.


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