Massaging Your Pet

Pet massage is a great way to bond with your pet while providing pain relief in a calming and zen zone. It can be very relaxing for both you and your pet.

When massaging your pet try to create a quiet and relaxing zone. You can even play some soothing oceans sounds.

When massaging, use open hands and follow the natural contours of your pet’s body and legs using gliding strokes. This will enhance blood flow to the tissues and aid in the flushing of lactic acid. You can give added pressure with the heel of your hand over well-muscled areas like the upper thigh and upper forearm.

Massage can be used before agility or other strenuous activities, as well as after these activities to promote circulation and muscle healing. It’s great for calming nervous pets and bonding with new pets.

Some signs you will notice if your pet is starting to relax are:

  • Yawning
  • Licking
  • Sighing
  • Burping

Some signs that you should stop:

  • Panting
  • Fidgeting
  • Whining

Written by Aurora Animal Clinic