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July 10, 2014

Massage therapy helpful for dogs

NORMAN — Dear Dr. Fox: I want to share with you a story about how your book has changed the lives of my dogs and friends, as well.

A few years ago, I became certified in animal massage. I wanted to help people. What I found was that vets considered me a last option.

My first patient was a German shepherd, Jake, who was hit by a car. He had surgery to repair a broken hip and leg, but after he healed, he would not walk on his front legs, so his poor owner carried this very large dog in a sling to go potty. The vet gave up on Jake, so he gave his owner my number.

I brought the dog into my home, and with the knowledge from my training and your book “The Healing Touch for Dogs,” after three days, Jake walked to his owner, and now they are hiking again. Jake is doing great.

I never thought that I would need this information for my own dog, a Chihuahua-mix named Nitro. He has luxating patella in both knees, and he was clocked at 35 miles an hour at a full run. (That was before I found out he had the trick knees.) I stopped his running and worked on his knees, popping them in when they went out. It’s been quite some time since I have had to put his knee back in.

I just want to thank you for your book. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for the work you do.

— E., Bend, Oregon

Dear E.: Many thanks for your communications and for confirming the remarkable benefits of massage therapy for dogs.

My two books, “The Healing Touch for Dogs” and “The Healing Touch for Cats,” have helped many animals in many countries — they have even been translated into other languages.

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