• It's often mistakenly assumed that canine massage and bodywork is an indulgence, but there are many health and behavioral benefits.

    Massage is systematic and intentional - often problems are detected that might otherwise go unnoticed. Massage is soothing, comforting, and relaxing. Massage is different from petting - it helps keep many body systems working well. It supports the circulation of blood and lymph fluids (which helps the immune system), helps joints stay flexible and well lubricated and reduces the buildup of adhesions in muscle and joint tissue.

    Particularly good times to consider scheduling a massage would be if you bring a new pet into the home, if there is a stressful event happening such as moving, before your pet undergoes any medical procedures (i.e. dentals or surgery) or anytime their physical activity increases.

    Also, if you're interested, we can teach you easy techniques that you can use on your dog at home between visits.

    • Relieves pain
    • Improves flexibility and range of motion
    • Improves circulation
    • Speeds recovery following exercise, injury or surgery
    • Stimulates the movement of lymphatic fluid
    • Stimulates peristalsis (relaxation of the muscles of the intestine)
    • Improves tone and elasticity of the skin
  • 60 minutes = $60.00

    30 minutes = $30.00

  • The Puddle is not a licensed veterinarian facility and in compliance with Illinois State Law 225, section 4, point 8 - we do not diagnose or cure specific ailments, perform surgery or prescribe medications. Bodywork and swimming are not a replacement for proper veterinary care and any injuries or diseases must be medically diagnosed and treated by a licensed veterinarian. A complete history is necessary for accurate treatment of any kind and participation by the owner/handler is essential to achieving beneficial results.

    The Puddle is not responsible for any damages to others or to any property caused by the owner/handler’s dog.

  • Heide is our massage therapist. She owns and operates Mindful Canine Massage and is available for massages at The Puddle on a monthly basis.

    Her accreditations include 2015, Chicago School of Canine Massage completing the 300 hour Advanced Canine Massage Mentorship Program. Nationally certified in April 2016, National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure and Massage. Certified in Pet First Aid and CPR through PetTech.

    To schedule a massage appointment at The Puddle with Heide, please call Heide directly at 815-370-1528.

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