After receiving a massage dogs can feel the same way as we can. The benefits are numerous for owner’s and pets alike. We can all use more relaxation in our lives. Here are some of the reasons you should be giving your dog a massage:
1. It Reduces Stress- Massage studies have proven this and everyone, even pets, can benefit from this. Since dogs pick up on our stress the can also use some de-stressing as well. If your dog is easily anxious this is a great way to help reduce some of that.
2. It will Improve Circulation- With increased circulation from massage the body can recover after exercise and also help with conditions, such as arthritis. The act of pressuring and releasing muscles creates blood flow which is very healing to the body.
3. It can Strengthen Your Relationship- A wonderful way to build your relationship is through touch. Be sure to ease your dog into it, as it may be new and uncomfortable to them at first. Once your dog realizes the benefits this will be something he will look forward to. It’s not hard to find a reason for your dog to want to be near you. This is one way that you can both feel connected.
4. You can Find Injuries or Problems- It is hard to tell if there is a lump, swelling or weight loss by looking at a dog through their fur. By touching your dog regularly you will be able to find these and also notice any changes that may have happened. This is not the most fun benefit of massaging your dog but it may be a crucial benefit.
5. It is also a way to Relieve Pain- Dogs are usually very active and in being that way sometimes can be in pain. Massage is an excellent pain reliever. Injuries or arthritis can be soothed with massage. Dogs do not enjoy pain any more that we do. To help them with this is part of being a great owner.
Massage is an easy and healthy way to take care of your dog. Your vet probably can show you some methods to use, especially if you are unfamiliar with massage. Continuing to find ways to take care of your pet is being a responsible owner!
Written by Paige Cerulli for iHeartDogs.com