Massage therapy for dogs is an effective, non-invasive treatment that many pets benefit from greatly. Similar to humans, our canine companions have bodies that are complex mechanisms of muscle, bone, organs, and more. The muscles are responsible for maintaining strength, form, and so much more. As such, vital parts of the body and muscles need extra care, particularly after injury or degenerative conditions.
The Benefits of Massage Therapy for Dogs
Massage is one method of rehabilitation that can provide immediate comfort. Generally, with a few sessions, we can help pets feel younger and healthier. Just like with humans, massaging the body offers many benefits:
- Stimulates blood and oxygen flow
- Reduces muscle pain, soreness, and tightness
- Improves balance and posture
- Decreases heart rate and blood pressure
- Promotes mineral retention and healing of fractures
- Tones muscles and increases range of motion
- Eases digestive discomfort and promotes regularity
- Enhances lymphatic circulation
A pet with nearly any health condition, from diabetes to cancer can be comforted with massage therapy for dogs.
Conditions that Benefit From Massage Therapy
Conditions like arthritis, hip dysplasia, cancer, and degeneration associated with aging benefit from massage therapy.
Even dogs without any serious or troubling health conditions can benefit from massage therapy for dogs. In addition, many owners of canines with serious anxiety problems are pleased to find that their pet responds extremely well to regular massages. With so many thunderstorms throughout the year in Tampa Bay, this is an excellent option for many pets.
How Massage Therapy for Dogs Works
When your pet comes to visit the therapist, the practitioner will gently manipulate and stimulate muscles and other tissues around your pet’s body. In fact, everything from the head, ears, muzzle, arms, paws, legs, tail, and abdomen can benefit from a massage, depending on your pet’s health needs and current physical condition. If your dog has any sensitive areas, discuss them with the therapist beforehand. First, the therapist will assess your pet’s posture, stance, and gait. That will inform them where to begin the superficial probing to identify any obvious abnormalities.
Rehabilitation for Animals
Whether after surgery, due to injury, or because of old age, many animals require rehabilitation to maximize recovery. Just like humans, canines need careful, tender, loving care when they are not one hundred percent. With animals, it is even more difficult to care for them because they cannot verbalize the pain or discomfort they are feeling. With senior pets, it is essential that you keep a close eye on them to see if and when they show signs of discomfort. If you see them habitually favoring a leg, avoiding certain movements, or struggling to get up after lying down, consider a visit to us for a consultation.
Complementary Procedures for Massage Therapy
Massage therapy pairs extremely well with other procedures and treatments. For example, if your furry friend has cancer and is receiving treatment, regular massages can help ease their suffering (mentally and physically), promote healing and vigor, as well as act as an identifier for the treatment’s progress. If the therapist notices any new tumors while massaging, they can alert the doctor to examine it further. In addition, stimulating the flow of blood and oxygen through the body can boost healing and promote faster recovery. Also, at Tampa Bay K9 Rehab in St. Petersburg, we offer a multitude of services that go hand-in-hand with massage, including cold laser, chiropractic, hot moist heat therapy, dry land exercises, underwater treadmills, and more.