Benefits of Dog Massage Therapy

by Colleen Fernandez

in Dog Socialization, Health Problems

Just the other day my boyfriend gave me the best massage ever! I mean it was absolutely amazing – lotion, candles, the whole nine yards!

We started to wonder if our Boston Terrier, Lucy, ever gets sore, and needs a massage too.

Which got me thinking …

Lucy is a very active little lady, and her muscles probably do need to be massaged from time to time.

So as usual … I researched it like a crazy dog lady. I hope you find my research somewhat, sorta interesting. Enjoy!

So Why Massage?

Massage therapy is a natural way to help your dog maintain a better quality of life.

We all know that dogs are very emotional, just like people. They have feelings, memories, thoughts, anxiety, etc.

Researchers have actually studied the effect of “touch” on puppies. It was determined that puppies deprived of “touch” at a young age suffered from:

• Small stature
• Stress dwarfism
• Poor social skills
• Depressed immune systems
• And more

Their whole perception of the world is smaller. They’re weaker and more susceptible to disease and injuries … and are usually the runt of the litter – the one that’s rejected by his mother for some reason or other. They’re always thinking and acting in “protective mode.”

Puppies that DO receive the benefit of human touch are generally healthier, happier, and more willing to accept affection and training. These dogs will need to to be touched throughout their lives in order to feel affection and reassurance.

What Does Massage Therapy In Dogs Accomplish?

Typically when someone describes the benefits of massage therapy, they list only the physical benefits. Massage therapy increases circulation, enhances flexibility, improves metabolic efficiency, helps develop muscle tone, and helps increase the depth and rate of aspiration in dogs.

Unfortunately, many dogs don’t get enough exercise, which can result in an array of health problems for dogs.

But the good news is that massage therapy can counteract these health risks by increasing circulation. One massage session is almost equivalent to a half-hour leisurely walk in the park.

Dogs that are massaged may also benefit from the psycho-social interactions during massage sessions. What on earth does that mean? Simply that, massage enhances their trust quotient, which helps to make their connection with humans stronger. This bond is important for behavior modification, education, and training.

Maintain Assessment Of Your Dog

If you’re massaging your dog on a regular basis, you’ll become familiar with him/her and be able to detect anything that pops up that’s out of the ordinary. Examples are: bumps, lumps, rashes, hair loss, weight gain, etc.

Medical massage is also very effective in helping dogs that have recently undergone surgery and are in the process of rehabilitation.

Benefits of Dog Massage

• Relieves pain
• Alleviates stress
• Loosens tight muscles
• Increases flexibility
• Reduces recovery time after surgery
• Increases circulation
• Releases endorphins
• Helps puppies fell comfortable with people
• Useful in assessing your dog for physical changes
• Increases bone density
• Builds muscle mass
• Reduces edema

Now that you know a little more about doggie massage therapy, let me encourage you to give it a try. Remember, it will greatly benefit your sweet Boston Terrier! And let me know if you have any comments or questions. Just leave a comment below. 😉

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