Apache Animal Hospital
Certified Small Animal Massage Practitioner, Owner
Little Bear Animal Massage, St. Paul MN
Integrative Care for your Pet
Our pets offer us unconditional love and so we share a unique bond with them. They are our best friends, family members, and faithful companions. They comfort us, teach us, and inspire us. They take care of us, and we take care of them. Massage has many benefits for you and your pet. It can enhance and improve your pet’s quality of life.
Massage is beneficial at any stage of your pet’s life, whether you have an excitable youngster, a middle-aged companion, or a wise elder, and whether your pet is an athlete, a couch potato, or somewhere in between. It can be useful in easing the natural transitions of your pet’s life and can assist you in caring for your pet when dealing with life’s unexpected challenges.
We foster for the Great Pyrenees rescue and Aimee has been wonderful in taking care of our dogs but I did not know of the magic of Aimee’s hands.
We have a very geriatric-15 year old, blind and deaf Great Pyrenees and Lab mix name North. Two days before Aimee was scheduled to massage North, he took a turn for the worse. It was difficult for North to move at all and he whimpered when trying to stand up- he had never done that before. On the day Aimee came, I let her know North’s condition. She lay next to him on the floor and talked so calmly to him. Aimee began to gently massage and rub him lightly. I could see North perk up and he was more relaxed. Aimee continued to work on his muscles and any tight spots she found. She explained to me that his front was more bound up than his back, which surprised me, but Aimee said he is compensating for his weak back legs by over doing it on the front.
During this whole interaction, Aimee continued to keep contact with North and speak softly and reassuringly to him. It was a very peaceful, healing experience. What I did not realize was how healing it was until later that evening. When we began to help North up, he used his own power and raised himself up and almost trotted over to the door! He was able to go down our 2 steps on his own and took his time enjoying outside.The results of Aimee’s massage did not last just that night- the following day North was doing so well we took the vest off of him because he could get up under his own power! We were so impressed. Aimee then went above and beyond by following up with us and asking how North was. When I told her he was doing better but I was worried about leaving him over the weekend as we had to be out of town, Aimee volunteered to come over and give him another massage. When North saw Aimee again, he was so happy, wagged his tail and stretched out for her!! Once again, Aimee was very calm, gentle and caring towards North. She reassured him and moved gently around him. I felt so much better knowing North would be doing well while we were out of town.
Aimee’s love and compassion of animals is one of her gifts and I would strongly recommend her to anyone who was skeptical of pet massage (as I was). The results are amazing.