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BCSPCA offers up an idea to pamper your four-legged friend

FILE. Dog friends like some pampering too.
July 24, 2021 - 11:00 AM

Need a massage? So, according to the BCSPCA, does your pooch.

The benefits of dog massage include reducing stress and anxiety, improving their flexibility and lymphatic fluid moment, lowering blood pressure, strengthening her immune system, aiding digestion, and encouraging a more relaxed disposition.

It also helps elevate their mood and strengthens the fur baby-human bond.

So, wondering how? The BCSPCA said it should be simpler and more gentle than something therapeutic. It's love, not, medicine.

"Make sure your dog is in a calm and relaxed state. Try to refrain from giving your dog a massage while he or she is fearful or anxious or super energized. Rather, massage them as they’re in a submissive and calm state preferably lying down and relaxed. And remember to stop immediately if they recoil or cry out," the BCSPCA said in its post.

"Maintain a soothing manner with your pup. All great massage therapists are soothing and relaxed as they work. Ensure you’re also calm and relaxed as you massage your dog, reassuring them in a soft tone."

Use broad gentle strokes with a relaxed and open hand, starting at the back of the head, stroke up and down either side of your dog’s spine, avoiding the bone. The gentler, the better.

"Most dogs love a nice ear rub," the BCSPCA said. "Start with your thumb on the inner side of your dog’s ear, at the base of the ear flap; your index finger should be outside the ear. Apply some gentle pressure as you stroke the ends of the ears.
Head massage. Using the same gentle technique, massage your dog at the base of their skull with some soothing strokes and light pressure."

If you have any questions about massage therapy for your dog, don’t hesitate to reach out to your veterinarian.



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