No matter how careful we owners are, our dogs are
bound to sustain injuries in their lifetimes. There will be
slight bruising or muscle strains; and for some, more serious
physical traumas. The causes can be as widely varied as the
injuries. There are day-to-day causes - like energetic play,
or jumping too enthusiastically off of your deck. Other
conditions develop over time, from repetitive movements like jumping
and twisting associated with canine sports; or from something as
common as pulling on lead. Inactivity can also be
detrimental, causing atrophy, loss of tone and poor circulation.
Even after it has been treated and appears to be
healed, your dog may continue to suffer from an injury. Some
long-term effects, which generally go untreated, include
flexibility, poor posture and movement, even an imbalance in blood
circulation. Over time, these residual effects can cause a
decline in overall health and well-being.
Wellness Massage addresses both original
and residual injuries. The technique enhances and improves the
physical, mental and emotional well-being of the animal. It can ad
the canine athlete, or elevate the spirits of an elderly dog. Even
healthy dogs benefit from wellness massage, which enhances abilities
and increases longevity.
Soothing Stress and Sore
Playing ball, wrestling with canine pals,
jumping on and off furniture or steps, digging, running - normal
daily behavior, are all stressors for your dog. So are the
activities associated with competition obedience, agility, flyball,
carting, herding, conformation, and other canine sports.
Whether competitor or couch potato, all dogs
experience physical stressors. The impact they have can be
instantaneous, and obvious, or accumulated and less obvious.
Either way, your dog winds up with sore aching muscles, twisted
joints, and sometimes more serious injury.
Canine massage helps reduce the impact of physical
stressors. It loosens tight muscles, improves range of motion,
restores proper tone and decreases pain.
Healing Hidden "Hurts"
Dogs disquise their pain, and keep poor
health hidden - an instinct that carries over from canines in the
wild. Since they do not show their discomfort, we remain
unaware of physical problems. Our dogs accept gradual and
increasing pain from negative physical changes without complaint.
Finally, when the discomfort is considerable, they display signs of
hurting. The signs may be subtle, such as refusing a command
or slower response times; or they may be more obvious, such as
limping, major changes in behavior or outright refusal to jump up
onto the couch with you.
Regular massage sessions can help you identify
your dog's physical ailments, and, subsequently, help alleviate
them. But more important, regularly working your dog's muscles
through massage, can be an important preventive measure. The
physical benefits are considerable, even if your dog appears to be
healthy and injury free.
Cats Benefit Too!
Canine massage aids
the body in the following ways:
- Helps open blood vessels, which improves the
circulation and remove waste and toxins that may make your dog
- Improves circulation and nutrition of joints
and connective tissue.
- Stimulates and acceleratesthe lymphatic system.
- Eases the strain of inactivity and prevents or
delays muscular atrophy from forced inactivity.
- Increases body awareness, releases tensions and
provides structural as well as emotional support.
- Stimulates skin and coat.
- Restores proper muscle tone, relieves tight
constricted muscles, helps alleviate pain, improves range of
- Stimulates growth hormones in puppies, and
serves as a slight stressor, valuable in the socialization
Note: while the physical benefits are
outstanding, canine massage is never a substitute for licensed