One area of dog wellness that holds priceless benefits to your pet is pet massage. Dogs especially often injure
themselves without anyone noticing it. A poor landing from a high jump, landing
on something that slightly knocks a dog off a solid proper landing, or a jerk of the leash can render your pet with injuries that simply remain because the owner is not aware of it.
Pet massage contributes to dog wellness by treating tissue inflammation and preventing secondary composition in the animal’s body. For dog owners this is a good thing to know and making pet massage a regular part of your pets life could mean the difference between an elderly animal that is strong for his
age or an animal that is susceptible to arthritis and joint diseases, and as we all know these are areas
of an elderly animal that usually requires he be euthanized in order to prevent suffering. Medication helps for a while but only to a point, and the animal very quickly begins to deteriorate.
Dr. Andrew Jones, DVM and author of Veterinary Secrets Revealed, has been kind enough to give me a list of valuable components of pet massage that all pet owners should be aware of and all pets
should have the pleasure of benefiting from.
Key Therapeutic Points
There are multiple types of massage strokes and techniques--we will discuss the most commonly used ones for small
Pet massage is beneficial to all pets but particularly those dogs that are extremely active and exercise often.
For some breeds, it is particularly important that they receive massage due to their personality traits of being very active and athletic and those considered to be "working dogs." Such breeds include the German Sheppard, Saluki, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, race Hounds, Akita, Rottweiler, Boxer, Komondor,
and Doberman. These are just to name a few.
Pet massage also holds value for dog and owner when it comes to distressing, as it aids in relaxation for both the animal and the person applying the massage. I personally love massaging my Saluki. I find it relaxing and a good way to spend some extra time with my dog, particularly during those times when I am busy beyond understanding. If you have older children, from the age of 7 onwards, it is a great way for your
child to learn pet care and understand all the tasks involved in keeping his pet healthy now and for the future.
Tip: If your dog has an injury it is important that you have him checked out by a vet before applying massage. Otherwise, learned massage techniques can be used on a well dog in order to help prevent injuries, arthritis and joint disease.
There is no need for any pet owner to indulge in expensive massage therapies. Many dog wellness
practices can be done at home and by the pets owner, and one of these is pet massage. Simply learn the massage techniques then apply your new found knowledge to your pet.