TOLEDO, Ohio — For 7-year-old Sadie, part of her weekly routine is heading to get an aquatic pet massage to help her weight loss.
"Sadie is exceedingly overweight and I have exhausted myself on everything with diets and I've taken her to five or six different vets and they keep telling me this and that and I've tried everything," her owner Sherry Lynn said.
That’s why Sadie started going to PetMassage Aquatics in Toledo where dogs experiencing ailments or in need of rehabilitation can receive a massage to help their quality of life.
Even after a short 25-minute session, PetMassage Aquatics owner Jonathan Rudinger says a difference can be seen in the dogs.
"The dogs are happy in the water. They're getting one-on-one attention which dogs thrive on that, and they're getting enhanced flexibility. They move better, they’re happier, they sleep better, they eat better, they are just in a better state of mind," Rudinger explained.
Lynn affirmed the positive results: "She's happy in there. She enjoys it. It's a good workout for her. It's strengthening her legs and her body and I think it's doing well."
For pet parents like Sadie's, as they watched her complete her session, they explained that this is life changing for Sadie.
"It means everything in the world to me. I want her to have a good life with what she's got left because she's had a rough one.
And for Rudinger, he says it's his life's work to support the enrichment of not only pets' lives but owners as well.
"When the dogs are happy and healthy, the family is happy and healthy," he said. "When the dogs are sick, then there's a lot of stress on the entire family. So it just relieves all that stress.”
Pet Massage explained they want to community to know they are here to support and help pets and their owners in times of need.