We LOVE giving our clients massages here at Olde Towne Pet Resort. We know first hand how beneficial that can be.
We love this article from Massage Magazine about the benefits. Hope you enjoy it to:
Long ago, we accepted the power of massage for helping us bipeds cope and alleviate the effects of stress and physical and emotional imbalances. We have been massaging each other for hundreds of thousands of years. Now, we are finally using massage to comfort and help our pet animals.
The Little Things Still Matter
Everyone knows how to pet and scratch a dog. Petting and scratching dogs is one of the great pleasures in life, for both dogs and their attentive people. Everyone who pets and scratches their dog sees how much their dog enjoys it. Petting, scratching and rubbing are aspects of pet massage, but they are not the whole story.
Pet massage is substantially–profoundly–more and different. Consider the difference between the results of a casual shoulder squeeze and the way your body feels after an hour-long therapeutic massage session.
The shoulder squeeze may offer a slight amount of brief, pleasant relief; the full-body massage, on the other hand, can create a course adjustment to your body that can alter your entire quality of life.
What Are the Benefits?
The benefits that dogs get from pet massage are similar to the benefits bipeds get. We have evidence pet massage affects mood, chronic anxieties, such as dog and food aggression and separation issues.
We know competition dogs have better times and less injuries when they get pet massage. We’ve seen young dogs who are exhibiting growing pains find relief and old dogs, who can barely move, rise up and dance around like puppies.
You’ve heard the list of benefits before.
Massage increases and balances the circulation of all the fluids in the body. This includes blood, lymph, cerebral spinal fluid, interstitial fluids, cellular fluid, saliva, urine, synovial fluid, the fluid in the eyeballs and even the oily wetness on your dog’s nose–that’s a lot of fluids. The way fluids move in the dog’s body is different.
Dogs do not perspire through their skin (largest organ of the body). They have a different system of temperature control than we humans. The closest they come to perspiration is wicking off heat through the evaporation of their saliva and release of moisture from between the pads of their paws.
Dogs get sweaty palms, too. Mostly, temperature is controlled through conduction. When dogs are hot, they lay on the cool ground. When they are cold, they retain their body heat by curling up into a ball.
They Heal Themselves
Pet massage supports the balance and circulation of fluids within the fascia. The movement of water within the tissues controls the temperatures throughout their bodies, including core temperatures, organ temperatures, as well as temperatures of the skin and superficial muscles.
The normal wear and tear of muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin and fascia that dogs have from romping and playing keep their bodies in a constant state of self-repair and maintenance. Dogs, like humans, have the innate ability to heal themselves for most conditions.
Dogs, like humans, sometimes need external touch and support to re-establish balance.