Small Animal Massage & Pet Massage FAQs

Which pets can benefit from pet massage?

I pet my animals every day. Isnít this enough?

Petting is essential for your relationship with your dog and/or cat. Your intention in petting is enjoyment and communication. Massage, on the other hand, is a focused and specialized form of therapeutic touch utilizing specific movements and pressures for specific results. The practitioner you choose should have an understanding of anatomy, physiology, psychology, and kinesiology. The results from consistent massage sessions will significantly impact your petís overall wellness; benefits most do not get from petting alone.

Will my dog/cat like massage?

Most of the time, the answer is yes. Remember that every pet is unique so there are quite a variety of reactions. Some will fall asleep during a session while some leave extremely invigorated. No matter which of these categories (or somewhere in between) your pets falls in to, the result will benefit their overall well being.

Sometimes, especially during a first massage, an animal will be unsure of the intention of the massage. Itís not uncommon at all for an animal to be overwhelmed at first, but the uncertainty generally goes away and the pets enjoy massage.

Do all animals benefit from massage?

Massage addresses many health issues including prevention, maintenance, and recuperation. Because of the variety of techniques, a plan can be easily customized to suit the needs of a specific pet. Since it is non-invasive, almost any dog, cat or other animal is a good candidate for a massage or another method of bodywork.

Massage relieves pain, discomfort, and stiffness and helps advance the healing process for pets with a variety of ailments. Some examples may include: aiding growing and socialization in the young, enhancing comfort and quality of life for seniors, maximizing performance and recovery for athletes and easing animals with behavioral issues related to physical ailments or emotional trauma. Even for your average companion, massage is a great tool for keeping your pet in top emotional and physical condition.

What if my dog wonít sit still for a massage?

Clients are often concerned about how their pets will react to a massage session and that they are receiving the treatment theyíre paying for.

At Kneaded Pets, LLC, our first step is to meet with you and your pet. During this consultation, we will discuss the petís needs, medical history, your goals for massage and even have an abbreviated session. With this, you will be able to see first hand just how your pet reacts to a massage. Keep in mind that it is very common for pets to be apprehensive at first. It is also common, especially with small animals, to provide 10-15 minutes of massage, take break and resume. Massage fees are based on actual time spent massaging the animals, not clock time. Occasionally, just like people, pets will have an ďoff dayĒ or be unable to focus on the massage. In these instances, we will reschedule the massage and try again on a different day. Rarely, we do encounter pets who do not enjoy massage. If your pet is not relaxed and benefiting from the massage, we would recommend an alternate treatment. Clients are always welcome to be in the room with their pets during the actual sessions.

How often should my pet get a massage?

Each animal are all different and have their own unique sets of conditions and circumstances. All of these factors help determine the appropriate schedule for your massage plan. A pet with chronic pain or mobility issues might benefit from a massage one or twice a week while a healthy dog or cat may only require a session once, twice a month or more.

How does massage help an arthritic pet?

Massage increases and maintains flexibility and range of motion and keeps joints lubricated, often allowing for improved mobility. Along with exercise, nutrition, and proper veterinary care, massage can play a significant role in keeping pets beginning to show joint stiffness, those with joint disease or congenital joint malformation mobile and comfortable.

Is it true that massage has no benefits unless a pet has an ailment, condition or injury?

No! Regular, consistent massage therapy is an invaluable opportunity to maintain your pet's good health. It can potentially provide tremendous increases to an animal's quality of life, longevity and mobility. When animals are massaged regularly, their bodies consistently function at a higher, more efficient level. This allows the bodies of self-healing properties to remain consistent which can possibly ward off or ease the onset of inevitable or predisposed health conditions. In addition, massage provides numerous benefits to the mental health and behavior of pets.

Is it true that only old animals benefit from massage?

No! Animals of every age benefit from massage! Typically, it's best to start a massage program with a young, healthy pet. This will prevent the animal and massage therapist from having to play "catch up" as is often the case with older pets who have never been massaged. Specifically, massage helps young animals develop properly aligned skeletal structures with strong bones and healthy tissues. This can be extremely helpful to large breeds and breeds that are predisposed through conformation to specific ailments. Massage helps to build relationships of trust with humans and to make handling of the animal easier.

Isn't pet massage a frivolous expense?

Your best friend's health is priceless. Massage provides a safe, natural, non-invasive method of maintaining your animal's optimal health and quality of life. Regular massage sessions may, in some circumstances, reduce the frequency of veterinary visits or the need for medication or more invasive, painful treatments. Today, many veterinarians recommend massage therapy as a supplement to their health care treatments.

When should I NOT have a massage performed on my pet?

Massage, in general, can be used for most pets and is only contraindicated as determined by your veterinarian. Always consult your veterinarian prior to seeking massage for your pet.

What are your qualifications?

Kneaded Pets, LLC is owned and operated by Carrie A. Nava. She received her Small Animal Massage Accreditation and Training from the Northwest School of Animal Massage in Redmond, WA. She is a member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) and the International Association of Animal Massage and Bodywork (IAAMB). Carrie is fully insured and certified in Pet First Aid and CPR and continues to attend continuing education seminars regularly. Read more about Carrie here.

We serve Allen, Frisco, McKinney, East Plano and surrounding Texas areas.

Contact Kneaded Pets today to discuss how our professional animal massage services can be catered specifically for your pet and to schedule an appointment.

The International Association of Animal Massage & Bodywork

Small Animal Massage is a form of complementary healthcare and not a substitute for the care of a qualified veterinary professional. Massage therapy is not intended to diagnose or cure any medical condition. Always consult your veterinarian before seeking massage therapy for your pet.