When searching for a competent complementary professional for your pet, the Alberta Association for Animal Owners' Rights (AAAOR) advises you to remember these 5 simple steps and the acronym, RELAX. (The first four steps can be done over the phone or via e-mail or online.)
Ask people that you trust such as your friends, family or veterinarians, for referrals.
Inquire about the professional's education. Through which institute are they accredited? How much experience do they have? Do they belong to a provincial or national organization? Are they insured?
If you already know what ‘bodywork’ you are looking for, do your homework and educate yourself on that particular ‘bodywork’. Your search information information will likely leave you with questions.
Have questions prepared and written beforehand. Does the ‘bodywork’ work in conjunction with other ‘bodywork’? Are there any risks or side-effects associated with the ‘bodywork’?
The x-factor has to do with your gut feeling and intuition. When you meet the professional in person, how do you feel around them? How does your animal respond to their presence? Do you feel genuine compassion from them towards your pet? Are they professional? Do they keep records? Remember, it is YOU, the animal owner, who makes any final, informed decisions regarding your pet.