Let's cover some of your questions...
Massage/ Acupressure Questions
- Where do you provide the massage/ acupressure?
- I come to your home, or barn (horses, etc). The best place for your pet to relax and get the most benefit from the massage is where they feel comfortable...on the couch, in front of the fireplace, in their stall. If for some reason your pet is not able to be at home (illness, travel, etc) then I could visit them at another location, with the approval of the facility of course.
- My dog/cat/horse is getting older and has a harder time getting around. Can massage/ acupressure make any difference at this point?
- Yes, absolutely! Arthritis and muscle atrophy are too often part of old age for many of our pets. There are many tools that can help your older pet feel better, massage and acupressure are one. During a session the muscles, joints, ligaments, fascia (thin layer right under the skin), and skin are stimulated. This encourages blood flow to the areas, stimulates the lymphatic system, and provides the cells with much needed nutrients. Acupressure can address imbalances in mental and physical areas as well as address local issues.
- You can also help your pet feel better, longer by providing a soft, warm place to lay, keeping them at a healthy (lean) weight, offering the appropriate amount of daily exercise - even if it's just to the mailbox and back, feeding them the best food you can afford (or home cooking!), providing appropriate nutraceuticals like Fish Oil and Joint supplements, and most of all, getting them to your Veterinarian for routine blood work, and pain medication if needed.
- Does Acupressure involve needles?
- No! Only a Veterinarian can who has studied Acupuncture is allowed to use acupuncture needles on your pet. Acupressure accesses the same acupuncture points, but with the use of gentle touch.
- Do I need to talk to my Veterinarian before setting up a session?
- Yes, please do. I am NOT a Veterinarian and cannot diagnose disease or other health issues! When you are considering massage/ acupressure for your pet or horse, please check in with the medical professional who knows your pet best. If you, or your Veterinarian, have any concerns at any point of the impacts of massage or acupressure please get in touch. Open communication is always best for all involved, especially your animal!
- Did you study to do this, or can anyone call themselves a massage or acupressure practitioner?
- Yes, I studied small and large (equine) animal massage at the Northwest School of Animal Massage. There I completed over 600 hours of Massage Certification courses. I graduated from their programs in 2008 and have taken enrichment courses since.
- I graduated from Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute in 2009, with over 300 Learning Units to become a Certified Animal Acupressure Practitioner.
- Each state sets their own regulations as to whom can do hands-on work with animals. When a state license is not required (as in Texas, and most other states) I strongly recommend you consult with your Veterinarian prior to arranging massage/ acupressure for your pet or horse.
Pet Sitting Questions
- Can my pet come stay at your facility?
- No, there is no facility. The benefit of hiring a Pet Sitter is that she comes to your home to take care of your pet(s), so the pet(s) can stay in their familiar environment, even when you are away.
- Can you spend the night at our home?
- Although I understand the desire to have someone stay with your pet(s) overnight, the general answer to this question is: No. I have a house-full of wonderful pets and rescues, who expect me home at a reasonable time for a late night snack and tuck-in.
- Where do you offer pet sitting services?
- I currently offer pet sitting in and around Gearhart, OR and surrounding areas: Seaside, and Surf Pines. Depending on your pet's needs, I may also be able to accommodate visits to Cannon Beach.
- Are there any pets you cannot or prefer not to pet sit?
- I do not discriminate based on breed, or size. That said, for practical and personal ethics reasons I do not pet sit unaltered dogs and cats (i.e. not spayed/ neutered) unless there is a medical reason for the pet being intact. Beyond that, let's break the question further down into two categories:
- Pets with special needs - Not all pets make good candidates for staying home alone. If your dog destroys the couch or eats his way through the door when you are gone for 4 hrs, then I don't recommend pet sitting for your upcoming two week vacation. Does your cat wait by the front door to make a beeline out of the house any time she can, then pet sitting may not be for her either. The safety of your pet is the most important factor here.
- Your "not so common" pet - Most of my pet sitting experience involves the care of dogs and cats. I have taken care of guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, a Conure, and gold fish through the years. Spiders and reptiles may require a pet sitter with experience in taking care of these animals.
- What forms of payment do you accept?
- At this time I accept cash, checks, PayPal, and major credit cards. Payment is due at time of service. In the case of pet sitting while you are out of town, payment should be arranged prior to your departure.
- What are your hours?
- Massage/ Acupressure sessions can be scheduled Tuesday through Saturday, between 9 am and 8 pm (last appointment at 7 pm).
- Pet Sitting is available based on availability, 7 days a week.
- What if my plans change?
- Change happens...If you need to cancel your appointment(s) please do so as soon as possible. If your time away from home needs to be extended, please touch base right away! I will do all I can to keep your pet(s) safe for as long as you are gone. Extra charges may apply.
- Do you offer any other services I may be interested in?
- Pet Taxi - When time allows I offer Pet Taxi services. Need a ride to the Veterinary Clinic but don't have a car? Need someone to pick up Fuzzy from the Salon? Give me a call and we'll see what we can do.
- Pet Match Maker - I am passionate about animal rescue. Any breed, age, size, color, or shape dog and cat can be found at a shelter or rescue organization somewhere. There is no need to buy a pet from a "breeder" or pet store when Thousands die in shelters across the country every day. Thinking of adding a furry friend to the family? Let's discuss your needs and let's find that perfect companion.
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