Welcome to Skillful Paws.
We offer acupressure, sport, and therapeutic massage for your dogs and horses. Sessions take place in the comfort of your own home, or stable. We service the greater Austin area, but happily travel too - so please contact us to set up an appointment.
Why Animal Acupressure and Massage?
Animals, just like humans, get muscle tension, tightness and sprains that can lead to pain, headaches and decreased mobility. They don’t complain or ask for a Tylenol. Instead they compensate by using other muscle groups.
Often we don’t notice the sometimes subtle changes in movement, and/or behavior, caused by hidden muscle problems. Trauma and emotional stress also affects your horse, or dog, causing its body to tense up.
In time the decreased blood flow through the muscles can lead to a less effective immune system and make the animal more prone to infections. Massage and acupressure increases the circulation and helps the body to get rid of toxins
and boosts the immune system.
Can all horses and dogs benefit from bodywork?
The answer is yes. I perform therapeutic massage, sports massage, and acupressure - which can have the same wonderful effect as massage in regards to muscle problems. Some animals need one type, some need a combination, all depending on age, health and special needs.
Please note that massage and acupressure are not substitutes for veterinary care. By law, massage and acupressure on an animal is required to be done under the direct or general supervision of a licensed veterinarian. A signed supervision form from your vet is required prior to your first session in order to be in compliance with Texas Administrative Code §573.14. This form can be downloaded from the "Forms" tab.