Thursday, June 14, 2007
Medical Reports: Pampered Pooch
Getting massages is a top must have for many, but tonight seven's Diana Diaz shows us how this treatment along with aromatherapy can help your pampered pooch.
WSVN -- Women love spending time at the spa, but now pampered pets are getting the starlight treatment and it's not just for luxury.
Laurie Siegal, Lucy's Owner: "She had to have her knees repaired, she had two bad knees."
Lucy, a teacup poodle, started getting massages with aromatherapy after having knee surgery.
Laurie Siegal: "I've had facials and they've used aromatherapy and I know the benefits I've had, so I was very interested to see how she'd react to it."
Hope Lamonica, massage therapist: "Hi Lucy, are you ready for your massage?"
A certified massage therapist visits Lucy once a week to calm her down as she heals from the operation.
Hope Lamonica: "As you can see the benefits with Lucy, the benefits of the lavender is to helping her to relax, makes her nice and sleepy."
Hope also uses the essential oils on Daisy and Max.
Hope Lamonica: "Look who's here. Hi sweeties, are you guys ready?"
Annie Green, Daisy and Max's Owner: "Daisy is Daisy. She has a definite personality, but she is not very relaxed."
Hope Lamonica: "Daisy gets massaged for wellness. It's just to keep up her immune system. Keep her circulation moving, keep her calm."
But for Max, the aromatherapy is doing much more, healing his wounds after he was attacked by another dog.
Annie Green: "He had 40 stitches. His ear was hanging off by just a little piece of skin. He was ripped like you can't imagine."
This is how it works: First, you introduce the smell.
Hope Lamonica: "She's licking her lips which means that she's incorporating the oils."
Then, you massage it throughout the body.
Hope Lamonica: "What happens is the essential oil goes through the pores into the body and acts as a healing aid as medication would be taken internally."
The session is about half an hour long, and the aromatherapy continues to work long after its over.
It costs $55 dollars, but you should always talk to a professional first because some oils aren't good for all dogs.
Hope Lamonica: "The best thing to do is to talk to someone who does massage therapy who does use aromatherapy oils to get you on the right track."
So far, it's working for Lucy.
Laurie Siegal: "Lucy's had it for a few months now and I don't think we are going to stop. The benefits are just great, she's much happier, she's more relaxed."
And for Daisy and Max the results are incredible.
Annie Green: "She goes to sleep and she's actually very very pleasant. He was on pain pills the first day that Hope came and he didn't need the pain pills after the next day."
Diana Diaz: "The aromatherapy can help pets suffering from a number of aliments from anxiety to depression and even keep ticks and fleas away."