Pet massage, swimming rolled into one

By on January 13, 2012

Ron Hanik combines both in nearby A+ Pet Massage and Swimming
Oswego—Ron Hanik of A+ Pet Massage and Swimming now offers canine massage and swimming in two convenient locations and economically-priced at 23 Washington Street in Oswego and 743 Edgewood in Wood Dale.

Hanik is a licensed massage therapist, certified in pet massage from the Pet Massage Institute and dog training from the Animal Behavior College. He also holds his MSW degree as a clinical social worker.

Loving pets and having acquired a dog with behavior problems, Hanik became interested in solving the problem of his dog and others. He began studying dog training and pet massage, traveling the dog agility circuit for two years. Ultimately he linked the two specialties, eventually adding the pool to the mix and opening first his Wood Dale location and, more recently, his Oswego location.

Swimming, providing non weight-bearing exercise increases muscle tone, aids in recovering from surgery and alleviates arthritic pain. According to Hanik, “Some dogs, when put in the water, are not able to kick with their back legs. But there are points in the paws that stimulate this ability and soon an immobile dog is working his back legs.”

Dogs are fitted with a life vest before entering the 82-84 degree pool that is equipped with a resting platform. Swimming is alternated with massage right in the pool.

Dogs come to Hanik for fun swims and exercise as well as therapy. Hanik performs massage on cats as well. His massage techniques help alleviate common ailments in dogs and cats and result in reduced joint pain, increased flexibility, alleviated internal organ problems and reduced emotional problems.

According to Hanik, “Swimming is the best play activity for your dog because of its low impact nature. It can be done through the dog’s entire life span.”

The greatest reward for Hanik is seeing the smiles on the faces of the owners as their pets improve.