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Massaging your pet

by:
AMANDEEP KAUR MAUJ

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Listening to music, sitting in your favorite chair, laying down in front of the TV just stroking your pet. A wonderful experience and a mutually benefiting one. Studies show that we can use massage just to help our pet relax or to bond with him, to enjoy the magic of touch and it is beneficial therapeutically in certain conditions.
Massage is a wonderful way to connect with pets at many different levels and to share quality time together. The positive effect of touching and massage can stimulate different neurotransmitters such as endorphins, making them feel better and thereby stimulate the bodies own healing mechanisms.

To start a massage find a nice relaxing quiet place when your pet is calm. Massage does not need karate chops all over the body but gentle touching, kneading and stroking with the tips of your fingers with minimal pressure. Sit or lay down with them and gently start brushing your hands over them from above their eyes, over their head, over their back and down to their tail.
You do want to be cautious and not place your hand over an animals head that may be having behavioral problems and be dominant over you or other family members.
Otherwise dogs usually love to have their heads gently touched and brushed. When you follow the direction going forward to rear over the head, neck and back, you are actually following the acupuncture meridians. If you want to relax a point, gently massage counterclockwise over the point. If you want to stimulate it and give more energy, rub clockwise
This is actually an excellent way to conduct a superficial physical exam. You may just pick something up that you may not have observed otherwise until they got much sicker.
Indications of an enjoyable massage include yawns, sighs, kisses and other displays of affection, ‘soft’ or ‘dreamy’ eyes, leaning in or moving closer, and relaxation of body posture or position.

Listen to your pet! If they don't like it, resist, growl, hiss or worse, stop immediately.

Do not use too much pressure as it can restrict blood flow and/or cause bruising; an effective massage can be done with a feather. Do not massage when you are not mentally prepared (angry, irritated, etc.). Ask your vet if you want to learn about massage techniques and conditions they should and should not be used in.


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