Why Massage

Why you should consider canine massage:

  • Elimination of toxins (lactic acid)
  • Enhanced muscle tone
  • Relaxation and stress reduction
  • Aids in calming hyperactivity, anxiousness, and nervousness
  • Increase the range of motion by restoring muscle to proper length
  • Reduces inflammation and swelling in joints
  • Provide relief from pain and discomfort through the release of endorphins
  • Increases blood flow through the muscles thus improving circulation and increasing metabolism
  • Relieve age related problems (such as arthritis)
  • Reverse muscle atrophy from inactivity or disuse
  • Assists in healing and rehabilitation after an injury or surgery
  • Decrease scar tissue due to an injury or surgery
  • Assist dog in raising its level of performance – e.g. herding, agility, obedience, K9 officers
  • Warm and stimulate muscles prior to events – e.g. herding, agility, obedience
  • Check for injuries and help the body cool down and remove toxins after an activity
  • Provide relief from muscle tension, soreness, spasms, and weaknesses
  • Lengthens connective tissue
  • General physical and emotional well-being for the animal

When NOT to massage:

  • If the dog has cancer, undergoing treatment, or has undiagnosed lumps (in this instance, Reiki should be a consideration)
  • If the dog has a fever or is sick
  • If the dog is on certain medications