We all know that wonderful relaxed feeling you get after a really good massage, and it is not just for humans. Massage can provide a wide range of physical and psychological benefits for your dogs too. So what are the benefits?
Massage is proven to reduce stress and anxiety, which is a huge plus for any dog. It is especially helpful for pups that are easily stressed or worried. Massage involves a consistent, reassuring routine.
Massaging muscles stimulates the release of endorphins, which help to alleviate pain. If your dog has spent a long day running, playing, or swimming, this exertion can lead to soreness and stiffness in the joints and muscles. Massage will help to relax those muscles and release tense areas. Dogs with Arthritis will also appreciate massage for this reason.
Massage can be a wonderful form of therapy for dogs who are recovering from an injury or surgery. Plus, it’s not only the injured area that can benefit from healing touch, so it’s helpful to take a holistic approach to massage in recovering dogs.
Finally, an added benefit of regular massage is that you become familiar with your dog’s body. You can then identify what is normal and what is not. This allows you to raise any concerns for further investigation by your veterinarian. As you massage your pup, look for any unusual swelling or lumps, changes in surface temperature, sensitivity to touch, or quality of skin or hair. Early detection is the key to providing quality life to your best friends