In our opinion, when clients are ready to seek out massage for their pets, it is for one of two reasons (1) they understand and realize the value of massage in general and/or (2) their pet is at a point in their lives (whether due to age, injury, or health issues) where they are willing to do whatever it will take to improve the pet’s quality of life for as long as possible.
We began seeing Katie just over two years ago with our littermate (at the time 13 year old Labrador retriever) dogs. They were both in pretty great health (especially for their age), but age, normal arthritis, and years of mileage were catching up with them. We began with 30-minute massages for each of them once a month. They both really enjoyed it and it seemed to give them a boost in the mobility and comfort department; which would last a couple of weeks. By the time the next appointment came around they were both ready for it. In February 2013, we lost our one lab due to degenerative myelopathy. Katie was instrumental in keeping her feeling her best until the sad day we said goodbye.
Her littermate, now closing in on 15 years old, is holding steady and strong in great part due to Katie’s healing, kind, and caring hands and heart. He now reaps the benefit of a 60 minute massage once a month – which he loves!! He is not a real “kissy” type of dog, but when he is getting his massage, he is all kisses – as if to say thank you, thank you, thank you!! This feels so good!!
There is no doubt that Katie has been instrumental in extending the quality and comfort of our boy. She is professional, thorough, extremely gentle, kind, passionate about helping to maintain and heal animals, generous, and in this field for the very best reason of all – to lovingly help animals feel better and live as fully as possible. I know many might think of this as a luxury for their pets, but when is good health a luxury? Our boy actually (again, at nearly age 15!) “trots” in to see Katie when it is his turn! Even though we do home massage and stretching for him regularly, what Katie does is concentrated work on the areas that most need attention, and of course the whole body as well. Her knowledge and love of massage for animals is clear and effective.
We highly endorse and recommend Katie Mehrtens at The Right Spot for pet massage! She gets 4 paws up from our boy and us! Thank you, Katie!
— Emilie, Kurt, Miles, and Faye