Which animals benefit from massage?

Focused on preventative care, massage is an important part of a holistic approach to promoting your pet’s overall health.   Regular massage benefits every animal regardless of age or activity whether you have a companion pet, show animal, or working dog.  It is also an integral component in rehabilitation from illness or injury.  Massage is a gentle, yet non-invasive, and can relieve pain and stress.

Young Animals and Rescue Animals

  • Accustoms the animal to being touched and handled
  • Reduces the effects of stress and anxiety
  • Promotes socialization and trust in people
  • Eases tension of transitional stages (growth, moving, etc)


  • Provides early detection of illness or injury
  • Improves muscle tone and mobility
  • Promotes wellness through enhancing body systems
  • Slows developing problems of aging

Seniors or those with handicaps

  • Reduces chronic pain from age-related health issues
  • Reduces muscle atrophy caused by inactivity
  • Promotes better mobility, joint health and range of motion

Pre- and Post-Surgery

  • Helps calm pets prior to surgery
  • Supports muscle and tissue surrounding a fracture
  • Reduces inflammation, swelling, contusions (bruises), and joint pain
  • Alleviates pain, promotes healing, and provides comfort
  • Use after surgery with your vet’s permission

Performance Dogs

Show, performance, and sporting dog can strain their muscles the same as people.  This includes the professional athlete performing in obedience, fly-ball, herding, tracking, and agility as well as the weekend warrior who accompanies his/her owner on a long hike or spends the day at the park.

  • Pre-event warms up muscles by increasing blood flow
  • Post-event loosens up muscles and joints to prevent stiffness and soreness
  • Helps prevent lactic acid build-up that causes soreness in muscles
  • Excellent diagnostic tool – muscle tension, swelling and growths can be easily detected.
  • Assists with injury prevention and improves muscle recovery
  • Reduces stress and anxiety

Working Dogs

  • Guide, service and therapy dogs
  • Police, search and rescue, detection dogs (drugs, arson, bomb, cadaver)
  • Herding, hunting, sled dogs

Workings dogs live highly stressful lives.  Trekking over hard surfaces/pavement, wearing a harness, climbing over debris, working in and around crowds, retrieving objects, trailing livestock, and tracking, can lead to injury, chronic illness, and emotional issues. Working dogs also have more wear and tear on their body than most house pets and this can lead to reduced life spans. Massage can help maintain mobility, prevent injury, and reduce the effects of stress.  Massage helps return balance to their bodies and may prolong life.

Massage affects all body systems

  • Increased circulation provides nutrients and the removal of toxins and
  • Coat quality is improved through dispersion of natural oils
  • Skin exhibits more elasticity and less dryness
  • Oxygen levels are increased and respiration is improved
  • Muscles are relaxed and toned
  • Nervous system function is enhanced
  • Digestion and elimination are improved
  • Reduction in pain through release of endorphins
  • Provides a sense of well-being and enhances disposition

Muscles & Bones

  • Increases supply of blood and nutrients to muscles and bones
  • Increases flexibility and function of the joints allowing for better range of motion,
  • Reduces joint strain by releasing tight muscles and tendons
  • Helps maintain posture and body balance
  • Improves muscle tone and flexibility
  • Enhances joint range of motion and gait
  • Relaxes muscles and reduces spasms, tension, and cramping
  • Reduces muscle and soft tissue pain
  • Helps prevent muscle atrophy (deterioration due to injury or paralysis)

Skin & Coat

  • Promotes healthy skin and coat
  • Enhances psychological benefits associated with touch
  • Diminishes excessive scar tissue
  • Aids in removal of dry, scaly skin

Cardiovascular (Circulatory) System

  • Supports the immune system and facilitates tissue healing through enhanced circulation
  • Temporarily lowers blood pressure and pulse (heart) rate
  • Improves circulation and flushes toxins from muscles and joints

Nervous System

  • Stimulates or soothes the nervous system depending on type of massage
  • Helps balance the nervous system
  • Decreases pain by increasing production of endorphins (the body’s natural painkillers)
  • Promotes relaxation

Digestive & Excretory Systems

  • Stimulates digestion and elimination
  • Relieves constipation and intestinal gas

Respiratory System

  • Deepens/normalizes breathing trough relaxation
  • Stimulates blood flow to and from the lungs aiding in the absorption of oxygen
  • Improves lung capacity and function, helps to increase stamina


  • Eases fear and/or aggression that can lead to social problems
  • Improves the mood of an animal by giving them a sense of well being
  • Reduces stress of boarding, moving, loss of playmate or owner


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