Too busy to pet your own pooch? There was a time---simpler, freer days in Arizona--when you could hire someone to do it for you
Granatelli, an animal masseuse in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale,
said she would play new-age music or "spa sounds," which help relax
her sessions, Granatelli would have the dog lie down on the floor or
its bed and start by massaging its neck. She would then move to other
areas, including legs and hips. But it's not crucial that the dog lie
down or sit still.
are times where the dog is either very distracted or anxious or isn't
quite receptive," Granatelli said. "So I just do the best I can doing
the strokes while they're standing — whatever I can do to get the
strokes in and get some relaxation in their muscles."
Everyone was happy, including the massaged mutts. Enter the rent seekers
, stage left;
That was until Granatelli became one of three animal massage practitioners who received cease-and-desist letters from the Arizona State Veterinary Medical Examining Board
earlier this year. The trio has sued the board, arguing that the
statute is overly broad in defining veterinary medicine. They are not
practicing while the lawsuit moves through the courts.
Three people are deprived of their livelihoods, because;
The board says "I was doing more than just pampering dogs and that was breaking laws," Granatelli said.
A great threat to civilization, no doubt.
The American Veterinary Medical Association
classifies animal massage as a form of veterinary care that should
require a license. It is up to each state's veterinary licensing board
whether to categorize it that way.
do consider them veterinary procedures, and we feel the same standards
should be used because a lot of harm can come from them," association
assistant director Adrian Hochstadt said.
Oh, your feelings are hurt. Screw the pooches!
a former client of Granatelli's, said her Dachshunds, Maxie and Lucy,
got regular massages for five years. The two, who have since passed
away, were able to relax after a massage despite dealing with issues
such as arthritis.
Forrest said she truly believes massage benefits dogs
as much as people.
like if you go to one regularly that you like, they get to know you and
you get a better treatment out of it," she said. "The same goes for the
dogs ... versus going to the vet — my dogs aren't relaxed at the vet."
In Arizona, so what. They can't let some dog, somewhere, somehow be happy. So enjoy your Thanksgiving, turkeys.
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