Animal Massage

Massage therapy is a series of manual manipulation techniques used to improve a patient’s physical and emotional
well being. Physiological benefits of massage include pain relief, improved joint mobility, relaxation and increased circulation. Many people also find that massage deepens the bond between owner and pet.

I provide a therapeutic massage for older dogs or those recuperating from injury or surgery and a deep tissue massage for competition dogs, training partners or active companions. Because every dog is different, I build an individualized program tailored to meet your companions specific needs.

Common Questions About Small Animal Massage

What do animal massage therapists do?

A certified animal massage therapist provides animal massage using a variety of techniques solely for the purpose of the well-being of an animal patient.

What is included in the practice of a certified small animal massage therapist?

A certified animal massage therapist provides massage to small animals. Animal massage may include techniques such as stroking, percussion, gliding, kneading, percussion, compressions or stretching.

Can a certified animal massage therapist diagnose or treat disease?

A certified animal massage therapist may not provide a diagnosis, prognosis, or treat any diseases, deformities, defects, wounds or injuries of animals. A therapist may not adjust or manipulate the animal’s body or spine by use of a thrusting force, and may not use acupuncture involving the use of needles or any other procedure restricted to the field of veterinary medicine.

What are the qualifications to become a certified animal massage therapist?

Successfully complete the certification examination.

Initial Session

In addition to a complete massage, I will take time to get to know your dog and gather information about your dog’s
exercise routine, eating habits and any injuries/issues he or she may be having. Future sessions are planned based
on the individual needs of the dog and the length of the sessions desired.

Most pets are willing and happy to be massaged. However some animals will not take to massage and I never force
massage on a pet that isn’t comfortable being touched.

Here is a link to my intake form that you can print and bring with for your first session or you can fill it out and send it to me before the session.

Intake Form

 

 

Policies and Procedures

All vaccines must be up to date at time of appointment.

Pets should not eat within one (1) hour prior to appointment.

Please have a quiet area for your pet to relax and have his/her massage.  Where you think your pet would be most comfortable would be the best place.

Any dog (or cat) with a history of aggressive behavior such as biting or attacking will not be eligible for massage therapy.

I reserve the right to stop your session and charge full session price if your dog puts me at risk from biting.

If for any other reason a session must be cut short (dog becomes touch intolerant, etc.) a ½ minimum rate will be charged.

Full payment is expected at time of treatment. Cash, checks, credit cards payments are accepted. Appointments are required. Since this is a mobile service, if no one is home upon my arrival, a cancellation fee of $40 will apply.

Rescheduling or canceling of appointments must be done 24 hours prior to appointment time.

Cancellations less than 24 hours in advance will result in a $40 fee.

I have a small table and mat as well as a large mat that will be used as needed.

I will supply all materials I need; even treats for after the session.

I sincerely believe in maintaining the highest level of customer service and expect you and your animal companion to have a joyful experience!!

I understand that massage is not a replacement for veterinary care. That massage practitioners cannot diagnose or treat illness. That massage practitioners are unable to provide a prognosis or guarantee a cure.

Canine massage is not advised in some cases such as high fever, certain heart conditions, chemotherapy treatment, or when the dog is suffering from advanced conditions of the immune or lymphatic system. Please consult with your veterinarian regarding any health concerns you may have about your dog prior to a massage therapy session.

I sincerely believe in maintaining the highest level of customer service and expect you and your animal companion to have a joyful experience!!

Contact

Michele Gedgaud

Mutts Unleashed Pet Massage

In an effort to simplify contacting me and to maintain your privacy, I invite you to contact me through
Email @ muttsunleashedmn@gmail.com
Text Me 
or Call (218) 443-6432

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Your contact information will always remain private, with any method you use to contact me.  Your information will never be given out to any other source.

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I look forward to hearing from you and will try to respond to your message within 48 hours.  Thank you.