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?
I am the proud parent of 2 golden retrievers and a cocker spaniel…the top 2 breeds most suseptible to ear infections and allergies. Needless to say I have cleaned my fair share of ears with infections, and can smell an infection from miles away!
Well, not really miles…but without lifting that ear flap, I can tell if a dog is suffering from an ear infection.
As a pet sitter, I make it my duty to check all the pets I visit for ear infections. Ear infections are very uncomfortable for our pets, can cause damage if left untreated and are super stinky. There are ways to keep your dog from getting ear infections and the number one way is to inspect and clean their ears regularly. Do you know the proper way to clean a dog’s ear?
Never, never, never us a Q-tip. Using a Q-tip can cause dirt to be pushed down into the ear canal and cause damage to the ear drum.
Cotton balls is the utensil of choice.
Drop some cleaner into the ear and remove the dirt with a cotton ball.
Gently press on the ear canal…if you hear squishy noises your dog may have a yeast infection and will need medication. Take your dog to the vet and have them check it out.
The best thing to do is to help prevent ear infections to begin with.
After baths, swimming or water recreation: If your dog has big floppy ears you can loosely tie (with a scrunchy) their ears back so the canal is exposed. Keep their ears back long enough for their ear canal to dry.
Inspect and clean your dogs ears on a regular basis
If they start to get dirty, cut the ear hair so dirt and debris aren’t trapped in.
If you notice some ear wax build up, use earoxide to loosen up the wax for easier cleaning.
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