by Rubi Sullivan of Heal Massage
Massage is a wonderful way to keep an eye on your dog’s ever-changing body, as well as having many more physiological benefits. Our furry best friends tell us when they’re hungry or when they are ready to go play ball, but often times we miss the small changes in their body that can potentially lead to more health issues.
Massaging your dog helps create a sense of calm and connection between the two of you. They can feel your intention when you focus on them and pay attention to what you’re feeling and how it’s affecting them. Their body language is their way of communicating and giving you feedback on the focused work you’re doing with them.
Some good examples of the benefits of massage can include; helping a post-surgical dog recover and allow for better range of motion and circulation, increasing endorphins and boosting immune support for dogs undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation, helping ease joint pain for osteoarthritic dogs, or focusing on the circulatory system to help with anesthesia before and/or after surgery. Massage is also very beneficial to stimulate the digestive system, which can be an issue for dogs undergoing chemotherapy and/or the use of other medications.