5 Reasons Why You Should Massage Your Dog
I’m a dog mom to four rescues. As a dog Mom with a Phd I’m always researching ways to improve the lives of my fur babies. I’m their voice and I want to ensure that I’m doing all I can to keep them happy and healthy, as well as help them age gracefully.
I don’t want to treat symptoms my dogs have with surgery or drugs until I fully understand all the options and alternatives. So, I want to thank the true pioneers of veterinary medicine whose holistic innovations on healing and health are improving the lives of so many dogs. In the next several blog posts I will be sharing their insights, as well as my own experiences and personal stories.
Message is a great hands-on technique that I use to connect with my dogs and help promote healing energy. Petting my dog makes me feel good. However, I learned it can also lower your blood pressure, help your body release a relaxation hormone, and cuts down on levels of a stress hormone. With my long hours and crazy work schedule, I find petting my dogs comforts me.
The top 5 benefits for your dog include:
- Stress and anxiety reduction
- Healing aid
- Improves body functions
- Promotes overall well-being
- Strengthens the bond between dog and human
Through message, I have been able to detect early warning signs that an issue is getting ready to present itself. I have found skin abscesses, skin dermatitis/rashes, and leg and spinal issues, all of which I have been able to successfully treat at home or at the veterinarian’s. I have adapted the message technique from Norman Ralston, DMV.
There are 4 types of dog massages that you can do at home as a dog parent, and they only require 10-15 minutes of your time:
- Daily dog massage
- Soreness Relief Massage
- Warm-up Massage
- Calming Massage
Daily Dog Massage Technique:
Step 1: Gently stroke the ears in a circular, clockwise fashion for a few minutes. The key is to warm the back of their ears.
- The ears are a prime acupuncture pressure zone for your dog, in a sense you are stimulating or treating all the major organs in your dog’s body.
- By rubbing the base of the ears, you can increase your dog’s body temperature.
Step 2: Gently stroke your dog from head to tail to direct the energy flow. Do this daily with your dog if you can.
- Often when an issue is developing, a sensitivity on your dog will appear in an associated acupoint sometimes within 24 hours before symptoms show up.
- This is a great way to monitor your dog’s well-being and be aware that your dog has suddenly developed a sensitivity at a given point.
- Through gentle massage you can cause the energy to flow to any part that is sensitive and stimulate healing before major problems arises.
NOTE: It is very important not to apply too much pressure when performing an everyday dog massage. Increased pressure could cause discomfort or lead to injury. The pressure tolerance on a dog is much lower than ours.
In the next post, I will cover “How to Message for Back Pain and Stiffness in your Dog”.
Take care and spend time with your dog!
All the best,
MP Alejandro, PhD
Disclaimer: The information offered on this website is intended for educational purposes only. I do not provide veterinary medical services or guidance via the Internet. Please consult your pets’ veterinarian in matters regarding the care of your animals.