first, the thought of pet massage can seem quite extravagant for a pet.
Yet massage has many benefits, and it doesn’t have to be such an
extravagance. One of the times massage can be particularly helpful is when
a pet has been injured or is experiencing a muscular or skeletal problem
such as arthritis or hip dysplasia. However, this is also the time when
an owner has to be the most careful in how a pet is massaged. If a pet
has a physical problem it is wise to either have a pet massaged professionally,
or to receive instructions from a professional on how to massage your pet
properly. However, most people can give their pet a basic massage with
simply some care and attention. First beware that not all pets will want
to be massaged, and that it isn’t a good idea to force them. For
instance cats can be quite particular how or when they want to be touched.
They may like an ear rub but have no interest in other contact. While dogs
tend to take to massage better, not all will want to be massaged either.
Massage is more purposeful than just petting your animal. Similar to human
massage, pet massage involves manipulating the muscles in a way that provides
relaxation. Start gently, and be aware of what your pet is comfortable
with. Paws, head, back, belly and legs are all areas that can be massaged.
There are courses and instructions for people to learn different methods
and specific forms of pet massage.
Some of the benefits of massage are better blood flow to the skin and
muscles, improved flexibility, and massage can help promote healing. Also
massage can help improve the bond between pet and owner. Also there are
benefits that come from a pet’s willingness to be handled. A pet
that is accustomed to being handled is often one that accepts general care
better too as the pet often provides less resistance to paw care, dental
care, and general grooming. Also a pet owner is more likely to detect skin
problems, bumps, or growths that can develop on or under the skin. Prompt
care can keep these potential health problems to a minimum.