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Everyday People: A massage for Fido

Tews offers in-home pet massage

By Eve Marx

For The Daily Astorian

Published on March 12, 2018 12:01AM

Kim Tews works on her cocker spaniel, Hugo, as a guest looks on.

Curly Tails Pet Massage

Kim Tews works on her cocker spaniel, Hugo, as a guest looks on.

Kim Tews does a massage demonstration on her pug, Claudette.

Lynn Buskirk

Kim Tews does a massage demonstration on her pug, Claudette.

SEASIDE — Looking to do a little extra for your pet or help other animals?

Kim Tews is the proprietor of Curly Tail Pet Massage, offering in-home massage therapy for pets on the North Coast and the greater Portland area. Tews is a graduate of the Northwest School of Animal Massage. Originally from Wisconsin, she came to Seaside to start her business in 2016.

“I offer mobile animal massage therapy to pets to help them relax, heal and maintain their levels of health and well-being,” she said.

An active volunteer and board member of Pacific Pug Rescue, Tews is also a foster home provider for pugs who have been rescued. “Animals have always been my passion,” she said. “I have three rescue dogs and I love dogs of all sizes and breeds.”

Tews is certified in maintenance massage and rehabilitation specialty massage. Her work is insured by Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals and is done with a veterinarian’s consent.

“Pet massage is a complementary therapy and does not replace veterinary treatment,” Tews advised. “I’m a certified small-animal massage practitioner. My work is carried out in conjunction with your vet’s recommendations. I don’t diagnose, but I will consult and refer you back to your vet if required.”

Owners usually notice changes in one to three sessions, she said.

Initial consultation for pet massage is $65 and lasts between 60 and 90 minutes. The consultation includes a gait, posture and balance assessment, palpation assessment and massage. “At the end of the session, I will discuss and design a massage plan specific for your pet,” Tews said.

A maintenance massage is $50 for 30 to 60 minutes.

“Maintenance massage is great for helping your pet stay at their peak level of health for as long as possible,” Tews said. “It’s also a great tool for monitoring and early detection.”

Tews’ practice also includes the specialty manual lymphatic drainage massage, a session lasting anywhere from 60 to 80 minutes.

“Manual lymphatic drainage massage is a great immune booster and benefits pets of all breeds and ages,” Tews said.

Consider this type of massage for your pet a few days prior to going in for surgery, or even dental work, or before going to an overnight boarding facility or traveling.

“MLD massage can help your pet be in their best health for whatever they may encounter,” Tews said.

Rehabilitation massage sessions are also available. Session time is dependent on the pet’s needs.

“Rehabilitation massage aids your pet’s natural healing and should complement the treatment program initiated by your vet,” she said. “It’s also a great tool for relieving boredom and tension for a pet who may be on restricted rest.”

Tews works on cats as well as dogs.


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