How to help your pet’s health without using toxic drugs? The answer is simple: massage for dogs. By familiarizing your pet with these procedures, you can save him from many ailments. Massage is taking care of your pet.
Veterinary clinics offer an individual massage for each pet, taking into account its health, breed, weight and temperament. However, there are some common treatments.
Dogs with sprains, paralysis of the hind limb or after a fracture require therapeutic massage to alleviate the condition of the four-legged patient and allow the limb to heal properly and quickly.
Contraindications for pet massage:
Although massage has many benefits, there are some cases where it’s not only undesirable, but also prohibited in order not to aggravate the condition of your pet.
– Injury or illness
– Skin problems.
– If the dog has recently received a bruise.
– Your pet has a fever.
– Open wounds.
It’s also important not to put too much pressure on the abdomen during the massage to keep the internal organs healthy.
And, of course, consider the opinion of your pet. Some dogs may not get used to the massage, but eventually they will like the procedure, while others simply can’t stand it. In this case, this massage will not bring anything good.
How to massage your dog:
1. Firstly, it’s important to accustom your pet to the procedure so that he fully trusts you and knows that the massage is pleasant. The timing of the massage is very important, ideally after a walk and 30 minutes after eating.
2. Place and atmosphere are important for relaxation. Don’t use pillows, but lay a few pieces of soft cloth on the floor. Your dog and you should be comfortable.
3. Start by stroking from the head to the back and then to the tail. Move your palms lightly, gently and relaxingly.
4. Pay attention to the back, massaging the muscles, but not pressing on the spine. The movements must be circular. If the dog tenses, growls or flinches, then you are doing it wrong.
5. Massage of the buttocks. At the base of the front paws and at the end of the hind legs. These actions help to increase the mobility of the hind limbs.
6. Don’t forget about the front legs. Massage the muscles of each paw from top to bottom, gently rubbing them with your fingers. Not all dogs like it, so keep an eye on their reactions.
7. Then move on to gentle stroking of the abdomen. This is a very sensitive area, so it’s important to stroke it gently without applying too much pressure.
8. Move on to a head massage. Stroke the muzzle and gently rub the ears, between the ears, under the eyes and, of course, under the chin.
9. Also pay attention to the tail! It’s important not to pull it, but to gently massage it from the base to the tip.
10. Finally, massage between the head and tail with wide movements.
During the massage, gently talk to the dog. This will help your pet relax and make the massage more effective.
– Before giving a massage, it’s a good idea to learn the basics of your pet’s anatomy. Useful videos on this topic you can find on the Internet.
– Effective 10-minute massage every day or every other day. This will help prevent joint stiffness.
– Massage one side first and then the other.
– Regular massage will help to detect tumors at an early stage, if they appear.
– Home massage doesn’t replace specialized therapeutic massage.
We wish your pet good health and happy massage time with you💋