Massaging Your Dog

The bond you share with your pup is special; it is something that is reinforced by time and respect. There are many things you can do to spend time with your four-legged friend, like a walk in the park or a game of fetch. But after all that exercise, sometimes it is nice to get a good massage. Not only for you, but your doggy enjoys them as well.

Relaxing and bonding time

photoSpending a few minutes relaxing your pup can help with many things. Anxiety can cause unsettlement in a pup when they know something is going on. Even though you may not be aware of it, dogs know when you are about to leave, or even when they are going to the groomers or vet. Giving your pup a nice massage can calm them and relieve stress. Plus it helps build that bond between the two of you.

Rub your pups coat gently, letting your fingers move their skin around in soft circular motions. Just petting your pup does not loosen their muscles, your fingers rubbing against their flesh is quite relaxing, the same as it is on a human. Starting close to the ears, you can relieve the stress often associated with car sickness (motion sickness). Since the inner ear controls balance and direction, a pup often loves it when you massage the neck and ear area. Just be careful if your doggy has had some ear infections recently, as that may only cause discomfort. Another massage favorite is the chest area. Laying your pup on their side, you can lift their foreleg up and stretch their legs apart. Then you can begin to rub their chest in a clockwise motion. Do not rub the other direction because the clockwise motion is necessary. It is the direction that their circulatory system flows and helps to assist the blood flow. This particular massage stimulates their heart and lung area, keeping your pup healthy and happy.

The paw massage

Another favorite that can ease the stress of clipping toenails, is the paw massage. It is similar to a hand massage for humans, and has the same relaxing effect. You start out by spreading their pads and toes apart and rubbing each individually. Rub gently, so that you do not hurt them or cause discomfort. This stimulates blood flow into the paw, keeping their pads healthy and strong. You can take advantage of the situation to inspect their pads for sores or other problems. If you can you may sneak in a quick nail clipping (some pups don’t like this). After you’ve finished rubbing their pads, hold their paw in your hand for a few seconds and then release. This massage can be one of your pup’s favorites as it is very calming. Some pups don’t like you messing with their feet though, so be careful with this technique.

So next time you and your pup got a little bit of time to spend together, give him a good massage to ease his stress. With a good healthy pup by your side, you two can enjoy a great life together.

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Your Dog And Your BBQ Events

It’s summer time and with it comes celebration. We always enjoy a good barbeque, and so can our canine friend. Visitors come over for the celebration and everyone enjoys a good meal. There are some dangers that you need to help your pup avoid though.

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Always make sure the gates are closed

Your yard needs to be secured so that your pup doesn’t escape into the wilderness of the world. Make sure that all the gates are closed, and your pup is safe. As you begin to cook, keep in mind that matches and other items should be kept away from your pup. Matches may seem harmless in the paws of a dog, but they contain phosphorous which is deadly to them. Once lit, the grille will be hot and boiling grease will likely drip down.

Burns are another great danger

Keep your pup away from this. They may smell the grease and want a taste, leading to burns as the hot liquid drips down onto them. Also be sure to keep any trash out of your pup’s reach. Bones and plastic utensils can hurt a dog’s insides, so be sure your canine friend does not have access to your garbage.

Harmful foods

As you enjoy your meal, it will be hard to keep your pup under control. They smell that good food, and can’t always help themselves to want it. Inform your visitors not to feed your pup, as greasy and spicy foods can build up in their pancreas and may lead to an inflammation. Other foods to be very weary of are onions, avocados, grapes and raisins. These are very toxic for a dog, and you may end up at the vet’s office. Most of all, don’t give your pup alcohol. It may seem funny, but it is very bad for them. The alcohol can hurt their respiratory system and dehydrate them. Treat your pup like your child, keep an eye on them, and don’t let them get into mischief.

Other dangers with common summer items

There are some other dangers that come with a cookout. Things like bug-spray and other insect repellant should be kept out of reach. This is especially true for candles that give off repelling fumes. Fireworks are also a danger to your pup. They may get excited and pounce on them, and the noise can often hurt their sensitive ears. During the day, the summer sun can kiss your pups nose, so you might consider applying a dog formulated sunscreen to protect your pup. At night, glow-in-the-dark jewelry is fun for the kids just don’t let them leave it around for your pup to chew on. The chemicals within are poisonous. Take care not to leave any other items around that your pup might happen into. With all the family and friends around, it can be tough to keep up with what gets left on the ground, or in a place where your pup can get to.

Having a great holiday is important, but be aware that your pup may find mischief. Keep an eye on them and don’t leave anything dangerous where they can reach. They are clever animals, and enjoy spending time with you. By keeping your pup safe from dangers, you can ensure a safe and happy barbeque for you and your four-legged friend.

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What To Expect From A Pet Massage

A good massage for your canine friend has more than just the benefit of their wagging tail. It is a great way to improve their health and get older dogs feeling better again. There are therapeutic places that offer the services of massaging your pup professionally. Massages are beneficial to several bodily systems in a canine, and help keep them healthy even in their later years.

What’s a therapeutic massage?

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Therapeutic massages can help stimulate circulatory system functions. This is especially good for an older dog, or a pup that is still healing from surgery. The stimulation keeps the heart and lungs functioning well and keeps the blood flow to all parts of their body. Regularly, simply giving your pup a good rub-down will keep their nervous system keen and in good working order. The stimulation helps their skin and coat health, while it also helps to remove excess fur that can get all over your furniture. A good rub-down helps to relieve a dog’s boredom as well. Often times, as a pup gets older, they may become less active. Massages keep their mind stimulated and help refresh them so that they can continue to enjoy time with you. With a good massage, you can help your pup to maintain a healthy heart.

Stimulate the nervous system

Another advantage of massaging is that it helps to stimulate the nervous system in your doggy. With the blood flowing well, so do the sensations. A pup tends to loose feeling in their paws as they get older. Massages can help stimulate the nerves and keep them on all four feet, so that they are not compensating to keep weight off their paws. Therapy related massages can also keep the fluid flowing between the joints of an older dog. This is especially helpful because arthritis tends to attack these areas and cause your canine friend pain. They may not show it because they will shift their weight, and make their other legs work harder to compensate. Massaging can also be beneficial to digestion in your pups belly. The rubbing helps food along the digestive track and keeps their body working well. By making sure they get a good rubbing, you can keep them lively and happy on your afternoon walks.

You may ask of therapists or your veterinarian questions about what you can do to massage your pup at home. Find out what kind of techniques you can use to help keep them healthy and active. Keep in mind that you will want to know what areas are sensitive, and spots to avoid while massaging, so that you don’t irritate, or hurt your four-legged friend. Inquire what areas you should concentrate on and how to massage them. This is very helpful especially during recovery and the healing process after surgery.

Emotional benefits

Overall, a good therapeutic massage has many healthy benefits for your canine friend. And, there’s also the emotional benefits, too.  By rubbing and massaging between visits, you can build a solid bond with them, and keep them happy. Massaging keeps your pup in the best of form as they enjoy a long healthy life with you.

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