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Canine Massage

 
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Brushing up on First Aid/CPR at the NSDTC Club Night 4/15/2014...
Nothing like massaging two willing candidates at a time.  I was thrilled!  They looked pretty contented too!

The Benefits of Massage 


Here are some reasons why you should massage your dog: 
 

Have you ever had a massage? How did you feel afterward? Exhilarated, rejuvinated, reduced pain and discomfort, refreshed?  Calm and relaxed? Our dogs need massage too! Canine massage is so much more than just petting; it is touch with intent! Here are just a few ways that dogs from puppies to seniors can benefit from massage:

 

  • Helps with early detection of health problems through ongoing assessment of your dog
  • Relaxes and calms an anxious or nervous dog
  • Promotes healthy skin, hair, and coat
  • Improves and increases blood and lymphatic circulation
  • Helps eliminate toxins and improves the immune system
  • Improves performance for the canine athlete
  • Prevents injury by increasing range of motion and enhancing muscle tone
  • Relieves tension, pain, and discomfort
  • Eases the pain and soreness from chronic conditions like arthritis and hip dysplasia through release of endorphins
  • Opens blood vessels, which allows blood to flow freely carrying oxygen to the cells and disposing of waste and by-products
  • Heightens focus, concentration, and alertness
  • Relieves age-related problems
  • Can act as a passive form of exercise for inactive dogs (couch potatoes), post-surgical dogs or one recovering from illness, and geriatric dogs
  • Brings palliative care and comfort to the end-of-life dog
The Power of Touch

Touch is a very powerful tool going back many thousands of years. The simple act of touch or laying on of hands can bring about a sense of calm, peace and comfort.  It gives us the feeling of being cared for and loved.

Touch releases endorphins, the “feel good” chemicals in the body. It also helps circulate blood and lymph throughout the body. Touch calms your dog,
which helps with his natural healing abilities by relieving pain and discomfort.

The simple act of touching your dog may not look like much,
but you are stimulating cells, nerve endings, muscles, and tendons.  You are engaging the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and relaxation) rather than the sympathetic system (fight or flight).  You are also moving blood, oxygen, and lymph throughout the dog's body.

REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD MASSAGE YOUR DOG:

 

  • To enrich the relationship between you and your dog (bonding)
  • To enhance your dog's health and well-being
  • To energize your dog (pre-event) or calm and soothe (post-event)  your canine athlete
  • To calm a nervous or anxious dog
  • To help the mind, body and spirit of your dog
  • To remove toxins and wastes from your dog’s body
  • To sooth tired, sore muscles

 

WHEN YOU SHOULD NOT MASSAGE YOUR DOG:


  • If your dog has a fever, as massage could elevate the fever
  • If your dog has kidney or liver problems (consult your veterinarian)
  • If your dog has heat stroke
  • If your dog is in shock (shock lowers blood pressure and massage would lower it even more).  Your dog needs immediate attention!
  • If there are signs of an open wound, do not massage the area
  • If your dog has broken bones or a surgical site (consult your veterinarian)
  • If your dog had a recent surgery (consult your veterinarian first and watch your dog for signs of pain or discomfort)
  • If there are bites, skin infections or swollen lymph glands
  • If your dog has skin problems (like ringworms), massage could cause it to spread