Canine massage is a therapeutic discipline that involves directly working with all of the soft tissues of a dog’s body in order to assist the dog in achieving relief from a variety of physical and emotional challenges, including muscular soreness, chronic stress, and more.
The many benefits of massage include:
Enhance muscle tone and range of motion.
Reduces inflammation and swelling in the joints, thereby alleviating pain.
Promotes the healing process by increasing the flow of nutrients to the muscles, and aiding in carrying away excessive fluids and toxins.
Creates a positive effect on the contractual and release process of the muscles...releasing tension...relaxing muscles.
Stimulates circulation by: defrosting frozen muscles, thereby releasing endorphins - the body's natural pain killers.
Helps to maintain the whole body in better physical condition.
SCHEDULING A CANINE MASSAGE APPOINTMENT
Integrative Veterinary Service provides the space for this service, however appointments are scheduled directly through our practitioners. Please contact Donna or Beckie to set-up an appointment by clicking their schedule links below.
Meet the practitioners!
I have shared my life with dogs for as long as I can remember—from mixed breed shelter rescues, to farm bred puppies, to pure bred dogs. Our human kids grew up with dogs always in their lives. They are now grown and on their own living amazing lives and they also share their lives with dogs and other animals—as well as a few human kids too!
Currently my husband and I have three Vizslas: Bela, Kash and Jovi. I actively compete in Agility and Barn Hunt. Over the years, I have participated in Conformation, Obedience and Hunting with our Vizslas—depending on what they wanted to do with me.
While I do enjoy the competition, I most enjoy being able to spend time with our dogs—whether that's at an event or at our home—affectionately referred to as Muddy Paws Ranch.
I was trained at the Chicago School of Canine Massage (now Canis Bodyworks) where I learned the techniques needed to help dogs feel the amazing benefits that massage can offer.
I am trained in Sports Massage, Lymphatic Massage, Myofascial Release, and Trigger Point Therapy as well as general Canine Massage
Beckie is a recent graduate of the Canine Animal Massage Therapy program. She received her certification through Equissage International in early 2018. She also received her Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2001 and has always been interested in anatomy and physiology. She has worked in the pet care field for many years in a variety of settings and situations and has always enjoyed it. She has a natural inclination towards working with animals and her massage certification has opened up even more opportunities to help animals on their healing journey. It is her goal to bring ease and comfort to animals as they travel through all stages of life.