PetMassage for Dogs

Have you ever had a really good massage? You know how it can make you feel so much better – relaxed, less painful or stiff, and more – afterwards?

Now imagine your dog. Most dogs already enjoy a good petting session, whether it’s a back scratch, a tummy rub or an ear rub. We also know that they can suffer from some of the same physical problems that we do, including sore muscles and joints, stiffness, poor circulation, etc.  So why not massage for your dog?

Massage for dogs, just like massage for people, provides therapeutic and relaxation benefits and can be used for a number of different reasons:

  • To comfort tired muscles and relieve pain.
  • To increase circulation and flexibility.
  • To alleviate pain, stiffness and joint discomfort.
  • To strengthen the body through stimulating the muscles.
  • To help rehabilitate after surgeries or other trauma.
  • To create a positive association with touch from people the dog doesn’t know.


When used under direct veterinary supervision, massage can be part of an integrative approach to canine health. Targeted massage serves as a form of physical rehabilitation and is very effective when used after trauma or surgery. It reduces swelling and discomfort, while allowing the body to move more naturally. Massage can also be combined with other treatments, such as medications and laser therapy.

We’re happy to announce that our Laser Technician, Becki Francis, is also certified in PetMassage and offers massage therapy sessions in addition to laser therapy. Becki received her certification from the PetMassage Training & Research Institute and is a professional member of the International Association of Animal Massage & Bodyworks (IAAMB). She works closely with our veterinarians to devise a treatment plan that’s tailored to each of her patient’s individual needs.

On Tuesday, July 11 we’ll be celebrating National PetMassage Day for Dogs with complimentary 10-minute massage sessions for dogs. These free massage sessions give any owners who are curious about the benefits of massage therapy for dogs the chance to see how their dogs respond first-hand. The free sessions will be given from 4-7pm at the main hospital location at 101 Metairie Road. Give us a call to schedule your pup’s massage!