Just like humans, dogs and cats experience muscle aches and joint pain. For all pets that may be in need of a massage, we refer them to Dr. Butler and the rehabilitation team at Care First Animal Hospital. Massage therapy performed by one of their staff members can be a great way for you to help your pet feel better and reduce the need for medication.

Does Your Pet Need Massage Therapy?

Pets are very good at hiding pain. The signs they may show can be as small as a slight twitch on the body. If you notice your pet is reluctant to do things in their normal routine (going up and down stairs, walking, etc.), they may be suffering from pain that can be helped by massage therapy. With the help of the rehabilitation and massage therapy program, they can get your pet back moving more fluidly with their normal routine.

The most common issues in pets that can be helped by massage therapy are the following:

  • Arthritis
  • Musculoskeletal disorders or injuries
  • Neurological abnormalities
  • Pre-surgical patients
  • Post-surgical patients
  • Geriatric patients
  • Pets with chronic pain or those needing joint mobility

What Does A Day at Massage Therapy Look Like?

Much like a spa that you might go to for help with your muscles, pets will experience similar feelings and benefits from massage, which can include:

  • Relaxation of body and mind
  • Decreased inflammation
  • Relief of muscle tightness and spasm
  • Pain relief
  • Tissue healing

At Care First Animal Hospital, we take a personalized approach to get to know your pet. Owners are always encouraged to meet with the staff before the appointment to let them know about any concerns about the pain that their pet may be experiencing. Though animals can be timid to massage at first, their staff will work with your pet to make sure that they are comfortable.

All massage services are offered through our Glenwood Ave. hospital location. Please contact us to learn more.