Imagine giving your dog a massage? Some may call it dog massage therapy. Knowing and seeing the health benefits convince dog lovers it's all worth it for their pet. There are grooming shops and vet clinics that will do this service. You may wonder why people would do this. The "why" answers are below.
Dog pampered at hotels
At the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, you can book an appointment for a couples massage: you and your dog.
In Paris, France, luxury pet accommodations is found at Acutel Dogs. They offer rooms for man's best friend, with comfy sleeping cushions, and walking paths and hikes close by at Vicennes Park.
Since December 2010, Adogo Pet Hotel, in USA, pampered pooches has rooms and suites as big as 175 square feet; can have customized room service meals (served hot or cold) plus grooming services (skin care, shampoos and nail clippings) at the on-site spa.
Molly sound asleep after a massage
Is this world going to the dogs?
If you can get a massage and benefit, why can't your pooch too? Pet massage, as in dog massage therapy, has become very benefits. For people and other pets it is becoming a very popular profession. People love their dogs and pamper them. Does this sound crazy? This is a profession requiring schooling. My dog, Molly, would say “I love it. It feels like I have just landed in heaven.” My vet includes it in her wellness visits. We are the voice and decision maker to the dog. If your dog is your best friend, like mine is, do you believe, how a massage can be like a hug?
“A hug is the shortest distance between friends.” ~Author Unknown
Awake after the massage
Don’t you love to be hugged or embraced? The personal touch is so critical and helps in healing. Don’t you think our dogs deserve this?
I recently heard of one dog with arthritis problems, had been on medicine and getting massaged by a therapist. When the owner stopped bringing the dog in, saving money, the pooch’s problem returned. Prior to that medicine had declined.
Five advantages of dog massage:
1. Massage releases endorphins. It has a calming effect.
2. Increases happy hormones called serotonin.
3. Behavior problems lessened as it is like an anxiety reducer.
4. Increases blood and lymph circulation (humans can be the lymph workout on rebounder.
5. Enhances the dog's immune system and helps rid the body of toxins.
For my senior dog, mine almost 12, she loves to be massaged as she lengthens her muscles through a stretch. Can it aid in treating degenerative disorders, stiffness, muscle cramps, skin conditions, etc.? Yes through research found this is the case.
I don’t know the first thing about massaging my dog, but fake it and she loves it. I never read a book or studied how to do it but seeing there is a right and wrong way. Isn’t amazing how much we know and yet really how much we don’t?
Here’s one story I found about it’s great effects: A dog suffered from hip dysplasia and arthritis, was on medication and in a lot of pain. With message and canine acupressure they saw miracles with more energy at times. Isn’t amazing how much we know and yet don’t know.
The human touch
Don’t you love to be patted, hugged or embraced? The personal touch is so critical and also healing. There are benefits to the touch method as I call it and why wouldn’t we think our dogs deserve that same love. Perhaps even take a small break if you are outside with your dog, doing your gardening and pet her. There are even gentle oils I call herbal dog remedies that can help. We used to use olive oil on our dogs cracked paws. Using a little is all we would use. It worked for her and speaking from our own experience.
Everyone will think they can massage any dog. Let e say only message a dog you do know and never force a massage onto any dog.
How popular are canine massage therapists?
There are many schools now training therapists. If it wasn’t a viable profession there wouldn’t be schools for this. People love their dogs and pamper them like me.
“We never really own a dog as much as he owns us.” Gene Hill
Do you think you will try learning more about massaging your dog or having it done professional?
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Wags from Molly and Mommy, Carol Giambri
Carol Giambri is a back-to-basics person, author, leader, and holistically oriented. Adopting dogs for over 40 years she has found each to be precious and never returned one. Carol is a health nut and converted her husband and dog to eat this way. She chooses to be positive and upbeat refusing to accept the words “impossible" or "can't.” Her dog’s Lupus recovery is a great example of not quitting even when she got gloom reports from three vet clinics. As a result of her life experiences she is passionate about eating healthy, hunting for edible weeds, and teaching others to live a life fulfilled with dogs, eating well, and encouraging others who need an uplift through her voice. She leads a healthy eating group in her local community for years and called upon when health speakers travel to her area to promote them. Her programs and writings show people how living a simple healthy lifestyle with a dog is fun, easy and delicious without using chemicals. If you think this lifestyle is just about dogs living healthier she says it's also for people whether a dog owner or not. Carol's vegan days began when her husband had a seizure over 35 years ago, believed he would be healed and was in six weeks. Are you ready for Carol to encourage you and your dog along your journey?