Admittedly this is probably not the question on everyone's mind coming into the new year, but as 2017 begins, we look forward to our #1 goal of promoting pet health. While a groomer's domain is the skin, pet parents are always welcome to bring up health concerns to groomers. It is important for us to know whether a pet has a serious health condition or has recently undergone surgery. Other conerns we hear often may include 'My pet is limping', 'My pet is constantly licking their paws/licking off their fur', 'My pet is older and cannot stand or sit comfortably', or 'My pet is sensitive in a specific area'. Our groomers will take everything into account and analyze sensitive areas if need be, but beyond fur and skin, we will recommend a visit to the vet if necessary.
So what does this have to do with massage? Well, sensitive or sore areas have many different causes, but if concerning health problems are ruled out, your pet may benefit from a doggie masseuse. Just like with people, whether from high activity, muscle strain, or time and age, animals may develop soreness, pinched nerves, or an unbalanced posture.
A dog insesantly licking their paws, if conditions such as allergies or irritations are not the case, may be reacting to pressure of pinched nerves. Limping or loss of mobility may also benefit from chiropractic alignment or increased circulation through massage.
- Stress reduction
- Promoting Rebhabilitation
- Reducing pain and swelling
- Decreasing Blood Pressure
- Aiding Digestion
- Strengthening Immune System
Want to learn more about pet massage or how to massage your own dog? Try Cesar's Guide on Dog Massage, How to Massage Your Own Dog by Modern Dog Magazine, or learn more through the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy in Worcester, MA. And yes, massage is also great for cats!
Also check out the AKC Canine Health Foundation, Canine Journal, or The Conscious Cat to learn how pet chiropractic works.