Most dogs love to be petted! Belly rubs and ear scratches-what’s not to like? But how about a massage? Massage is “touch with intent” and is one of the oldest healing arts. Massage therapists use their hands to create various forms of movement and pressure which improves one’s health and well-being. As humans, we know all too well the benefits of a massage. Do these same principles apply to animals? Of course they do!
Here are a few benefits of a pet massage:
- Improved circulation and flexibility
- Alleviated joint and muscle pain
- Boosted immune system
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Increased recovery speed from injury
- Comfort at all stages of life
Regardless of age or ability, every dog can benefit from regular massage. Here are a few examples of how a pet massage can improve your dog’s life!
- The Achy Joints Dog
- An older dog might suffer from joint issues (such as arthritis) that result in decreased mobility and decreased flexibility. Massage will help improve muscle tone, ease discomfort, and encourage movement.
- The Anxious Dog
- A massage can help a nervous or anxious dog learn that it’s okay to relax. This may build confidence and teach them to trust human touch.
- The Post-Op Dog
- For dogs recovering from injury or surgery, a massage will help speed the rehabilitation process, aid in preventing re-injury, and decrease pain and discomfort.
- The Canine Athlete
- Active dogs who participate in agility, flyball, field trials, obedience classes, and other activities will benefit greatly from a massage! A massage will improve muscle tone, lengthen a dog’s stride, increase range of motion, allow for more fluid movement, and reduce sports-related injuries.
- The Elderly Dog
- A massage therapist’s touch will improve the quality of life for dogs in need of palliative care.
Massage is a holistic form of care that acts upon the entire body in an effort to restore balance and increase an individual’s overall wellness. When used in combination with regular veterinary care, massage proves invaluable benefits for your furry family members.Could your dog benefit from massage therapy? Heidi Hesse with Sound Hound Canine Massage sees dogs at Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota every second Friday of the month and every fourth Wednesday of the month. House calls are also available for clients who have difficulty getting to the clinic. To make an appointment with Sound Hound Massage, contact Heidi at (612) 201-7696 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.Content written by Heidi Hesse with Sound Hound Canine Massage.