“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.” ~ Anatole France
Anne will take the time to connect with your animal in a quiet and comfortable area and she considers the whole pet, taking into account emotional, environmental, genetic and physical factors to support your pet’s own ability to heal itself and live more comfortably.
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Animals use body language to communicate not only with each other but with their humans as well. Having learned how to interpret an animal’s body language allows me to approach an animal in a non-threatening way and always work within their comfort level. Massage can be considered intimate and every animal will have their own opinion about participation. Massage should always be a positive experience and any resistance on the part of the animal is considered counterproductive. At no time will a massage be "forced" onto your animal.
Generally speaking, animals young in age tend to have a shorter attention span whereas mature and geriatric animals have more life experience and in turn are usually more receptive to longer sessions. It is perfectly natural for an animal to stand; stretch and re position themselves during a massage. The more accustomed they are to massage, the longer sessions can become.
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Massage is not advised in some cases. Those instances may include animals with fever, certain heart conditions, an active infection or an animal receiving chemotherapy treatment. Massage may be further contraindicated if the animal is suffering from an advanced condition of the immune system or lymphatic system.
Please note that massage is not a replacement for veterinary care
Massage Practitioners cannot diagnose or treat illness or lameness and are unable to provide a prognosis or guarantee a cure. Please contact your veterinarian if you have medical needs or concerns about the health of your pet.
Scope of Practice WAC 246-940-010
A certified animal massage practitioner is an individual who provides external manipulation or pressure of soft tissues by use of the hands, body, or device designed and limited to providing massage. Animal massage may include techniques such as stroking, percussions, compressions, friction, Swedish gymnastics or movements, gliding, kneading, range of motion or stretching, and fascial or connective tissue stretching, with or without the aid of superficial heat, cold, water, lubricants, or salts.
A certified animal massage practitioner may not diagnose, prognose, or treat diseases, deformities, defects, wounds, or injuries of animals; attempt to adjust or manipulate any articulations of the animal's body or spine or mobilization of these articulations by the use of a thrusting force; perform acupuncture involving the use of needles; or perform mechanical therapies that are restricted to the field of veterinary medicine.
A certified animal massage practitioner may provide animal massage solely for purposes of the animal's well-being.