Massage for dogs: indications, contraindications, rules
Massage can have a beneficial effect on the dog’s health and can be a great addition to treatment.
The benefits of massage for dogs
- Reduction of anxiety, fear.
- Improvement of the musculoskeletal system, joints, blood circulation, digestive system.
- The ability to detect pain points or fever in time.
Contraindications for massage
- Wounds, fractures.
- Renal failure.
- Inflammatory processes.
- Fungal diseases.
How to massage the dog
Professional massage is best entrusted to a specialist. However, any owner can master a regular massage.
- Stroking the back, sides and abdomen.
- Grasp the tail with your palm, stroke from root to tip.
- With more intense rake-like movements of the fingers, stroke the dog from the abdomen to the back. The dog should be standing.
- Lay the dog down. Perform circular movements with the palm of your hand, move along the muscle fibers.
- Gently rub the dog's paws and the area between the pads.
- Finish the procedure by stroking the entire body of the dog.
Relaxing massage for the dog
- Get ready and prepare the dog. Gently stroke her, talk in a low voice. Take a few sighs (slowly), shake your hands.
- Use your fingertips to make soft circular movements along the spine. First clockwise, then counterclockwise. Do not take your fingers off the dog’s skin.
- Walk in circular motions at the base of the skull. Once the dog relaxes, move to the neck (front). Avoid the area of the trachea and muscles on both sides of the pharynx.
- Move slowly to the base of the ear. This area is massaged with extreme caution - the lymph glands are located there.
Dog Massage Rules
- Calm atmosphere - without extraneous sounds, other animals and active movement. Calm quiet music does not hurt.
- Massage is carried out only indoors.
- Use a table covered with a blanket.
- Give the dog the opportunity to turn his head if he wants to.
- After intense training, a break is made.
- Start the massage no earlier than 2 hours after feeding.
- Before massage, clean the dog’s hair from dirt, twigs, etc.
- Start with very light touches, and only then move on to deeper ones.
- Talk constantly with your dog.
- Pay attention to the reaction of the dog: expression of the eyes, movements of the tail and ears, posture, breathing, sounds.
- On hands there should not be jewelry, nails should be short. Do not use perfumes with a strong odor. Clothing should be free, not constraining movements.
- Do not rush, be careful.
- Do not take massage if you are in a bad mood or are angry with a dog.