The Amazing Impact of Massage at Animal Shelters


An estimated six to eight million cats and dogs enter shelters each year, and about half of those find new homes. About 2.7 million cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters each year. Shelters across the country are implementing enrichment programs to improve the lives of the animals in their care and increase the chances […]

Meet Theresa Gagnon, Mending Fences Animal Wellness


Cattie: I am thrilled to announce the latest addition to our expert contributors: Theresa Gagnon, co-founder and co-owner of Mending Fences Animal Wellness in Deer Trail, Colorado. I first met Theresa when she was the director for the animal programs at Bancroft School of Massage Therapy, where she also taught some of our classes. She was […]

Q&A: Working With Marine Mammals


Q: I would like to work in the aquatic area of massage or physical therapy with dolphins, etc. Where do I start and what kind of specialized training is available for that specific field? Answer by Cattie: What an unusual and very interesting question you ask! I forwarded it to Lola Michelin because I know […]

Q&A: Treatment Options For A Dog With Pinched Nerve In Back


Q: Our dog has a pinched nerve in his back creating back leg weakness. We’re looking for treatment options. Lola Michelin, Northwest School of Animal Massage: Pinched nerves are serious business indeed and once your veterinarian has had the opportunity to diagnose the degree of trauma and the location, there are many therapies that will […]

Massage and Puppies


A local dog walker has been very helpfully recommending my dog massage service to her clients. She asked me if I could put together a ‘Puppy Pack’ and ‘Senior Sheet’ – some documents that she could hand out to her clients who have young dogs and more elderly dogs and how massage could benefit them. […]

Q&A: Massage and Phantom Pregnancy in Dogs

Dog with question

We recently received an interesting question from one of our readers and wanted to share it here for others to learn from as well (don’t miss the update at the end of the post). Tracey, a canine massage practitioner in the UK, wrote: Q: Is massage safe for a bitch experiencing a phantom pregnancy? As […]

Q&A: Massage For Abnormal Ligaments In Front Paw


Q: I am looking to adopt an 8-12 week old puppy who has ligament problems with her front paw and leg. I was wondering if massage would help her? Answer by Lola Michelin, Northwest School of Animal Massage: Of course, a massage practitioner would need a full description of the condition, preferably from a veterinarian […]