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- PetMassage™ is the treatment of disorders and imbalances of the dog’s body by the systematic external application of PetMassage™ techniques including touch, stroking, friction, vibration, percussion, kneading, stretching, positional release, compression, and joint movements within the normal physiologic range of motion; and adjunctive thereto, the external application of water, heat and cold, colored lights, and sounds.
- A practitioner of PetMassage™ shall evaluate whether the application of PetMassage™ is advisable. A canine massage practitioner may provide information or education defined by his/her training and expertise. In determining whether the application of PetMassage™ is advisable, a PetMassage™ practitioner shall be limited to visual inspection including observation of range of motion, and touch. The PetMassage™ practitioner shall provide services under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian including in-office administration of techniques and off-site referrals for ongoing maintenance and rehabilitation. Independent PetMassage™ is appropriate for dogs in the following situations: on-site sports massage, rehabilitation massage, geriatric massage, relaxation massage and palliative massage.
- No person shall use the words or letters “PetMassage™ therapist,” “licensed PetMassage™ therapist,” “PMT.” or any other letters, words, abbreviations, or insignia, indicating or implying that the person is a licensed PetMassage™ therapist.
- All persons who hold a certificate to practice PetMassage™ shall prominently display that certificate in the office or place where a major portion of the certificate holder’s practice is conducted. If a certificate holder does not have a primary practice location, the certificate holder shall at all times when practicing keep the wallet certificate on the holder’s person.
- PetMassage™ does not include:
- The application of ultrasound, diathermy, and electrical neuromuscular stimulation or substantially similar modalities; and
- The practice of chiropractic, including the application of a high velocity-low amplitude thrusting force to any articulation of the body;
- Any skill that might be interpreted as the practice veterinary medicine
- The diagnosis of an animal’s condition.
- The treatment of infectious, or contagious diseases;
- The prescribing or administering of drugs; and
- The performing of surgery.
- First do no harm
- Practitioners of PetMassage™ provide only the services in which you are trained
- PetMassage™ complements holistic and traditional veterinary care, home care, spa care and all grooming, training and behavioral modification programs.
- The PetMassage™ practice enhances the body-mind wellness of dogs.
- PetMassage™ recognizes that all diseases are symptoms of imbalance and misguided perception in body awareness.
- PetMassage™ initiates the self-healing of dogs through the use of knowledgeable, compassionate touch, compression, kneading, stretching, positional release, the stimulation of acupressure and referral points, and bio-magnetic energy balancing.
- PetMassage™ does not include deep-tissue work or extremes of joint movement.
- PetMassage™ does not diagnose or treat specific disorders.
- PetMassage™ does not recommend specific dietary regimens.
- PetMassage™ practitioners do not diagnose, medically treat, or prescribe medications