Keep your dog relaxed and flexible with dog massage therapy.
Hmmm….just think how good a massage feels after a long, hard day of physical work. Sore muscles soothed, and tight ligaments relaxed. Well, your dog can appreciate those same sensations of relief when she receives a massage from a knowledgeable massage therapist.
Performance dogs in particular can benefit from regular canine massage. Massage can help improve their athletic performance, extend their careers and detect injuries before they worsen. If your dog balks at doing something that he used to do, it might be time for a massage appointment.
Massage won’t replace veterinary care, of course, but a qualified dog massage therapist may not only keep your dog more comfortable, but she also may find some medical conditions while they are still at the easy-to-treat stage.
Massage does offer many benefits, but dogs with certain health conditions, such as cancer or diabetes are usually not given massage. Open wounds and bone breaks also require special care. Your massage therapist should discuss your dog’s health in detail before she gives the massage so that her treatment is safe and appropriate.
Although canine massage therapists probably don’t require licensing, it is still important to find a therapist who has had extensive, quality training. If you don’t know a therapists, other dog sport friends or training centers may be able to recommend someone.
After your dog has had her massage, she may need to urinate. She should also be encouraged to drink fresh water to flush out toxins that are released during the massage.
If you have an active dog, consider giving him the gift of canine massage therapy. It may keep him healthier and active longer.