Penny & the Pets

Canine Massage

Penny Hedler
Certified Myo-Manipulative Functional Therapist CMFT

Serving Milford, CT and nearby towns.
Rates starting at $50
Cash, Check, Paypal & Venmo accepted 203-283-4554

What is Myo-Manipulative Functional Therapy?

Myo-manipulative functional therapy is canine massage therapy that focuses to restore proper function to the body. Myo-manipulative means making changes to the muscle and functional therapy is defined as addressing dysfunctions in the body’s ability to move optimally

The Benefits of Massage

Reduces muscle and joint pain
Improves muscle tone
Increases flexibility
Reduces anxiety
Promotes healing by increasing blood flow
Boosts immune system function
Aids in removing toxins and waste products from your dog’s muscles and tissues
Reduces the risk of injury

Signs that your Dog May Need a Massage

Difficulty climbing stairs or jumping into the car
Weakness in the legs
Visible muscle spasms
Not wanting to go for a walk or exercise
Growling or biting when you touch a certain area or pick them up
Uncharacteristically grumpy

Consult your Vet

It is important to have your dog examined by a veterinarian before scheduling a massage to rule our more serious causes of disease and discomfort. Ask your veterinarian if your dog is a candidate for massage therapy. There are some contraindications to massage (circumstances where massage can make the condition worse) so it is important to rule out any underlying medical conditions.

What to Expect During Massage

Most dogs are receptive to massage after an initial period of concern about the process. During the first session, my primary goal is to get your dog used to the idea of whole body massage.  It takes most dogs about 15 minutes to begin to relax and enjoy the process. Once we have identified areas that need attention, I use a variety of massage techniques to work on the specific areas of tension. Most dogs show signs of releasing tension by yawning and sneezing. Expect the dog to sleep and drink more water in the hours following the massage.


I became interested in canine massage when my Golden Retriever Rudy began experiencing mobility issues as she aged. She was having trouble going up and down stairs. Carrying an 84lb dog was not an option for me, so the research began on how to help her.

I found massage to be the most effective course of treatment. She was able to spend her last years with a better quality of life with more mobility with regular massage.

After Rudy passed away at the age of 15, I decided to take a course in small animal massage so I could help other dogs live their best final years. I took a class in Canine Myo-functional Therapy through Angel’s Animals, and completed my CMFT certification in 2019.