Posted Feb 15, 2018 in Dog Care
For us humans, getting a massage can be a very relaxing experience that we may do to treat ourselves. On top of all the physical benefits, massages actually have many mental and stress relieving benefits as well. While we probably want to get massages all the time, have you ever considered giving your dog a massage? Belly rubs and scratches are great and your pup loves them. But giving them a full-on massage also can be very beneficial for them. Many dogs will love it and beyond just the health benefits, it can be a great great bonding experience between you and your pup. This quality time can give them so much comfort and ease. Check out some tips on how to massage your dog!
Here are some reasons you should try to give your dog a massage every once in a while.
Is your pup anxious or stressed? Massages could help! If your dog gets upsets during rainstorms or on a road trip, try giving them a massage before or during this stressful time to reduce some of their stress. Giving them some attention and a massage could make them calm down and help their worries go away.
Beyond just the mental benefits, massages can also help a variety of physical health issues. Just to name a few, it can improve circulation, aid digestion, and stimulate their kidney and liver. Even after the massage is over, your pup’s lymphatic fluid movement, blood pressure, and breathing are improved. This can also benefit their health because during the massage, you can also spend the time looking for anything on their body that is out of the ordinary. Look for any potential cysts or unfavorable health and or skin conditions.
If your dog was recently injured, sometimes massages can improve them. If your dog has been suffering from a strained or pulled muscle, ask your vet if massages will help. When you massage your dog, you are getting the blood circulating, which can reduce swelling and pain in that area. Massaging a spot also can help if your dog has injury involving scar tissue and help your pup heal quickly. Be sure to touch base with your vet on your massaging technique so you don’t massage a place that should be avoided.
Here are some general tips on how to massage your dog!
Follow these steps to massage:
It can be hard to find time to be alone with your dog, so massage can be a great habit to build into your schedule to bonding time and a great experience for your pup. Enjoy!
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