Dogs young and old can reap the benefits of canine massage. As pet sitters, we see dogs with hip dysplasia, stiff joints and a limited range of motion. Canine massage is a branch of massage therapy that promotes health in dogs.
Benefits can include helping to relieve pain, helping to make joints more flexible, improving the range of motion, and benefiting the immune system of dogs. Dogs receiving regular massages are healthier, happier, more willing to accept affection and training. They are more fulfilled dogs.
Through touch, they feel affection and reassurance. Touch provides them a means of processing socialization, support and balance. Massage increases circulation; it enhances flexibility and improves metabolic efficiency. The increased circulation that dogs’ bodies receive during any basic full body massage session is equivalent to about a half-hour leisurely walk in the park. This could be considered another form of exercise!
In addition, canine massage can provide emotional well-being for the animal. Massage therapist often work with animals to calm hyperactivity, anxiousness, and nervousness. Regular massages can also help the pet parent find masses and lumps and track their size in case of growth.
We have a pet sitter on our team that is trained in performing canine massage. Canine massage goes hand in hand with canine Reiki. Does it sound like your pet can benefit from regular massages?