Photo by Elizabeth Ryan

Photo by Elizabeth Ryan

Pets + SERVICE DOGS

Maintenance, rehabilitation, and hospice massage enhance quality of life for beloved companion animals by:

  • promoting homeostasis and healing

  • maximizing comfort

  • building healthy and supportive scar tissue

  • relieving boredom during convalescence

  • addressing compensatory musculoskeletal and neurologic patterns that may arise due to injury or illness

Modalities include: craniosacral therapy (CST), manual lymphatic drainage (MLD), massage for relief of inflammation, and circulatory massage. Guidance is available on accommodating the needs of elderly or medically fragile animals.

Established clients are eligible to receive hospice massage for their pet/service dog on a sliding scale payment basis. Veterans (including new clients) are eligible to receive all massage for their service dogs on a sliding scale payment basis.

The Oregon Veterinary Medical Examination Board requires animal massage practitioners to obtain a referral from your animal’s primary veterinarian. Your pet/service dog’s veterinarian knows your pet/service dog and their unique health history. By working together with veterinarians, animal massage practitioners receive valuable information and guidance about how to best support your pet/service dog. Animal massage is not intended to assume the primary health care responsibility of animals or replace regular veterinary care. Elizabeth Ryan, LMT, does not practice veterinary medicine, and her scope of practice does not include diagnosis, prescribing treatment, or prognosis of any veterinary medical condition. With your permission, Elizabeth Ryan, LMT can gladly contact your veterinarian for a referral, but you must authorize your veterinarian to consult with and release information to her; you are ultimately responsible for securing the necessary referral for your pet to receive massage therapy. A veterinarian in the State of Oregon is not required to provide a requested referral.