Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Dog Lovin' - Benefits Of Massage For Dogs

Dog massage illustration by Amanda Olson for Life+Dog

I have an amazing massage therapist, Guto, who does wonders for my neck and shoulders.  Lily loves Guto and always lies on the table with me while I'm getting a massage, patiently waiting for Guto to finish and give her one.  It's the funniest thing and she periodically kisses Guto's hands while he's massaging me, as if to say "my turn!"

dog getting a massage
Guto giving Lily her massage

I try to massage both Indigo and Lily regularly and love the above infographic from Life+Dog which gives great instructions on massage points.  Some of the benefits of massaging your dog include:
  • Improves circulation by opening up blood vessels
  • Reduces stress and relaxes your dog
  • Enhances bonding between you and your dog
  • Increases flexibility
  • Can relieve pain
  • Helps maintain and develop muscle tone
  • Helps relieve joint discomfort and stiffness
  • Helps release toxins from the system
Be sure to visit Life+Dog to see their more detailed instructions on how to give your dog a massage!

Guto giving Lily a massage
Happy Dog Lovin' & Dog Massagin'!

Info graphic via:  Life+Dog, by Amy Olson

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