An article from the American Kennel Club headlined “How Massage Can Help Your Dog” not only covers the numerous health benefits associated with massaging your beloved pet, but also describes the best techniques.
“What you may consider simply an indulgent spa service can actually benefit your pet’s mental and physical health,” Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald states in the article. “Massage may reduce stress and anxiety, increase circulation, decrease pain, and strengthen the bond between you and your dog.”
Fitzgerald goes on to explain that “the hands-on contact of massage may be effective in reducing anxiety during a thunderstorm or fireworks show” and “gentle rubbing and kneading can increase circulation to sore muscles and joints.” Fitzgerald also offers a step-by-step guide to massaging your dog.
“Pick a quiet part of the house for the massage to help your dog feel calm,” Fitzgerald states. “Do not try to massage if your pet is overly fearful. First, softly stroke the area of interest. Use flat palms to press against the skin lightly. Move your hands slowly using long, sweeping motions. While massaging, take note of any swelling, increased sensitivity, and pain.”