SPOKANE, Wash. – Have you heard of dogs receiving professional massages? It’s a growing business in Spokane, and there are signs to watch out for if your pet needs special attention.
Meet Amy, 10, she is a fluffy white double blackbird, and she has had a rough year. Amy is getting old, blind and deaf, but she stays in there. Amy’s parents thought she had recently had a stroke, and they were faced with the difficult decision to subject her to expensive procedures, other treatments, and didn’t know where to turn.
Then came Pam and Peaceful Paws Massage.
“It’s the same as massaging people, it’s amazing how similar we are,” said Pam Duckmanton, owner of a massage business.
When Pam walks into a room, Amy knows it’s time for her weekly date. The dog goes to bed and Pam goes to work. She massages Amy’s legs, neck, back, then stretches her and does some specialty work.
“People say, ‘Oh, I’m massaging my dog,’ but it’s not the same. It’s more than stroking, it has a lot to do with how fast you go and how much pressure you put on, ”Duckmanton said.
Pam is one of the many dog massage business owners in Spokane. Getting certified takes time and practice as many dogs are older. Pam said people usually manifested when their animals were in pain, had difficulty walking, stood up from the ground, or were young and athletic, but had pulled a muscle.
Pam said that just like people, after a massage even dogs start to feel better.
FOX28 Spokane ©