Private PetMassage Sessions

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Dogs at all stages of life, just like humans, derive tremendous benefits with PetMassage, both dry and aquatic.

Jonathan Rudinger, RN, LMT, founder of the PetMassage School has been in private practice in Toledo Ohio, massaging dogs (mostly) and people, since 1997.  He is an experienced and Certified Practitioner of dog massage, canine massage, dog rehabilitation bodywork, canine aquatic massage, and aquatic bodywork. 

Jonathan’s PetMassage incorporates the structural musculoskeletal alignment of traditional massage therapy with myofascial positional release, lymphatic drainage, trigger point, and enhancing chi flow through stimulation of TCM acupoints and meridians. 

He offers dogs (and cats) dry PetMassage and Aquatic PetMassage, which is experienced in the on-site heated PetMassage hydrotherapy pool. 

Jonathan’s Scope of Practice, per the Ohio State Veterinary Licensing Board: Jonathan provides massage

  1. for relaxation
  2. rehabilitation massage and aquatic facilitation under the supervision of licensed veterinarians
  3. as palliative care
  4. advice based on 25 years of study and experience
  5. and at dog sporting events.

When is PetMassage the right choice for your dog?

Massage is indicated if your dog

  • is an athlete to maintain balance and resolve minor injuries
  • is physically compromised
  • has been injured
  • is recovering from surgery
  • has arthritis or mobility difficulties
  • has spinal compression
  • is partially paralyzed 
  • is an amputee (tripod)
  • walks in a harness
  • has been vet diagnosed with dysplasia of the hip, elbow, or patella
  • is overweight
  • is underweight due to hormonal or digestive imbalances
  • has seizures
  • is having a hard time emotionally adjusting to his/her or your schedule or changes in family dynamics
  • is a senior
  • is a puppy
  • is stressed
  • is depressed
  • is celebrating a birthday or anniversary 

Massage and aquatic activities are contra-indicated if your dog

  • is in shock
  • has open wounds
  • has a recently broken bone that has not yet knitted
  • has contagious skin pathologies
  • is infested with fleas or ticks
  • is a bite risk to his therapist
  • has unclipped claws
  • has been advised by your veterinarian not to get massage

Session Details:

  • All dry massage and aquatic sessions are private and by appointment only. 
  • Dry sessions last approximately an hour.
  • Aquatic PetMassage and facilitated swim sessions, 1/2 hour.
  • Your dog’s initial PetMassage (both dry and aquatic) will take a little more time as it will include gathering information and documenting their history, assessment of visual gait and demeanor, physical assessment, and goal setting. 

Multi-session discount packages are available. 

Canine PetMassage home appointments are available with an additional travel fee. 


  • For active dogs, PetMassage helps overworked and compensating muscles by enhancing strength, flexibility, endurance, conditioning, and wellness maintenance.
  • For inactive and/or indoor dogs, PetMassage helps renew skin, coat, mobilize joints, encourage isotonic and isometric movements, and lymphatic movement. The end result is a stimulated and refreshed dog.
  • For geriatric and hospice dogs, PetMassage is meditation with touch. Its purpose is to help you and your dog share memories and emotions while bidding each other goodbye. This palliative care helps comfort your dog’s body and gentles their spirit, while offering you emotional support and an encouraging experience. Jonathan is here to support both you and your dog. 

On-site Fee:

Dry PetMassage Session
Canine Aquatic Massage

Private Facilitated Canine Swim 30 min

Clinic/Natatorium Location:
2950 Douglas Road
Toledo OH 43606