Veterinarians are hot on the trail of family physicians when it comes to the diversity of therapies that they prescribe for their patients.

Referrals to paraprofessionals are on the rise. This follows an increase in training and accreditation for animal practitioners, as well the inclusion of many adjunct therapies under animal health insurance plans. Animal massage is one such therapy gaining acceptance and popularity.

Animal massage is not just about giving pets an indulgent, spa-like experience. Like us, who seek massage therapy for rehabilitation as well as for the pure joy of it, so too can pets reap comparable physical and emotional benefits.

The Vancouver Sun, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Sept. 9, 2013