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Massage Therapy for Pets An Increasingly Popular Healing Alternative for Dogs, Horses and Companion Animals
Equine massage therapy has been around for a while as a holistic treatment to help in healing. However, massage therapy for pets is a newer trend. It's rapidly growing, though - many pet owners who enjoy spa treatments for themselves or who believe in holistic, alternative medicines find value in similar services for their dogs or cats.
What a Massage Therapy for Pets Business Involves:
Knowledge or Skills Required:
You'll also need a massage table if you work with smaller pets (not difficult to find used) and various leads or halters to help hold your patient in the proper position.
Trend is growing but odds are there isn't much local competition as yet
Very satisfying to participate in improving an animal's health
Pays well per hour
Training and experience are recommended (if not actually required)
Increasingly regulated by states; licenses often required
Possibility exists to further injure an already-ailing pet
Resources for More Information on Starting a Massage Therapy for Pets Business:
International Association of Animal Massage & Bodywork
If you specialize in a certain type of animals (horses, or Labrador Retrievers, for example), you'll find that it's easier to become well known.
Don't make promises or give guarantees.
You may be able to find work by teaming with a local pet store, veterinary clinic, or pet spa.
This is an "upscale" business geared towards pet lovers with discretionary income. Don't skimp on your marketing materials or your consulting approach. For example, imitating the look of a spa for people can pay off.