We have long understood the benefits of massage to relieve stress after a long week, but we rarely consider the massage benefits to our furry family members. Some pet owners believe that petting and massaging are similar in their benefits; however, this belief is incorrect. Pets can benefit physically and mentally from massaging just as we do.
A quick massage after heavy physical activity will help your pet recover quicker. Massaging increases lymph and blood circulation. The increase in lymph circulation means waste and toxins are removed from the muscle tissue, allowing the muscle to accept more nutrients for growth and repair. With all these free-flowing nutrients, Fido or Fluffy will begin to have more flexibility, more range of motion, and even more toned muscles. This effect is more dramatic for older dogs suffering from joint pain or swelling, arthritis, or general stiffness. Care should be taken with older dogs, ask a trained professional (your veterinarian or trained massage practitioner) about the proper technique so that you do not harm your pet.
Calming a nervous pet can often seem like an impossible task, but a massage can do a long way in helping your pet handle stressful situations like thunder, visitors, or fireworks. During a massage, dopamine and serotonin are released. These neurotransmitters balance the nervous system and send positive signals to your pet’s brain, which help him/her to feel relaxed and less aggressive. Some pet owners have used massage successfully during thunderstorms to calm their scared pet. Regular massage treatments have been shown to increase sociability and trust in both cats and dogs.
Who doesn’t enjoy a good massage after a long week? You can give this same relaxed and wonderful feeling to your pet by scheduling a massage with a groomer trained massage practitioner.