Massage Therapy For Your Pet

Who doesn’t love being totally pampered by a full-body massage? It helps the body to relax and improves physical and mental health.  It releases endorphins which are the chemicals produced by your body that relieve pain and make you feel healthy. Massage for your pet offers the same kinds of benefits as it does for us. In addition to the calming effects, massage has been known to increase circulation, muscle tone and mobility which is important to aging pets. Massage also helps to eliminate toxins and waste from your pet’s body. It can improve behavior and makes a skittish pet feel calmer and more secure.

Pet massage is usually performed by a certified animal massage practitioner who has been trained in animal anatomy and movement. The masseuse will consult with you and observe your pet’s behavior. He will choose a type of massage that is custom designed to your pet’s needs. The massage therapist can give you techniques that you can use at home. These might include a friction-type massage where you take the tips of your fingers and make a circular pattern all over your cat or dog’s  body.  You can adjust the pressure by noting how your pet responds. Smaller dogs and cats need a lighter pressure than larger ones. The average massage usually lasts about 30 minutes, but smaller amounts of time at home will still be of benefit and your pet will love it.

It is always best to check with your vet if your pet has any illnesses or injuries to be sure massage will be appropriate for him. Have fun and know you are giving your pet a loving, healthy, and relaxing treat!

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