Sun Dog Cat Moon Chinese Veterinary Medicine

Massage Therapy for Pets

The healing benefits of massage has become mainstream knowledge over the past decades. At Sun Dog Cat Moon, you can bring the gift of massage to your pet! We have a Licensed Canine Massage Therapist on staff to help your four-legged friend feel better fast.

Massage Therapy at Sun Dog Cat Moon
Whether you are treating your pet to spa-day or trying to move along the healing process, our pet massages are an amazing option for relaxation and rehabilitation. Massage for pets is used for:

  • Pain Alleviation
  • Promoting Relaxation
  • Minimizing Anxiety
  • Reducing Inflammation
  • Rehabilitation after Injury or Surgery
  • Easing the Transition to End-of-Life Care
  • Socializing Puppies, Kittens, or Other Young Animals

The Traditional Eastern Approach

Sun Dog Cat Moon Veterinary Clinic is pleased to also offer Tui Na! Tui Na is a type of massage used to relieve pain and promote healing as one of the modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

What is Tui Na Massage?

Tui Na (pronounced “twee-nah”) is a form of medical massage rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Tui Na not only relieves pain and aids in rehabilitation, but also helps to balance your pet’s inner energy force. Tui Na is different from Western forms of massage because it targets specific pressure points and muscle triggers. Because Tui Na requires precision to stimulate small muscle points, it tends to be more invigorating than relaxing.

We offer the following five techniques of administering Tui Na Massage:

Mo Fa

What is it? Touching skin and muscle
What does it do? Relieves digestive troubles and ailments of the chest, abdomen, back, and flank

Yi Zhi Chan

What is it? Using a single thumb to massage
What does it do? Improves circulation and smooths tendons

Ca Fa

What is it? Rubbing to warm the body
What does it do? Relieves abdominal or back pain

Nie Fa

What is it? Pinching the skin and muscles
What does it do? Assists in stomach and spleen health, and relieves pain in limbs and muscles

Dou Fa

What is it? Trembling or shaking movements
What does it do? Reduces pain from arthritis and carpal tunnel, and smooths the joints to relieve pain in the shoulders, knees, and hips