Most people think that dog massages at luxury, pet-friendly hotels are a prime example of how pet parents spoil their furry friends. But dog massages offer many tail-wagging health benefits for Fifi.
“There is a huge misconception about animal massage; that it is just another foofy spa service for our overly pampered dogs in diamond necklackes and Prada boots,” says Tom Galligan, a Certified Animal Massage Practitioner whose Nose to Tail Animal Massage is available at La Quinta Resort & Club and AquaPaws in La Quinta, Calif. “Nothing could be further from the truth.”
Galligan lists these “Benefits of Massage to Your Animal” as reasons pet parents should splurge on massages for dogs and other animals:
- Increases circulation of the blood and lymphatic systems
- Increases flexibility and range of motion
- Relieves muscular restrictions, tightness, stiffness and spasms
- Interrupts the pain cycle
- Helps reduce excessive scar formation in soft tissue
- Strengthens the immune system
- Transmits the psychological benefits of touch
- Maintains health
- Relieves stress
- Helps maintain a health skin and shiny coat
- Promotes an overall sense of wellness and relaxation
Dog massages are offered at an increasing amount of four- and five-star hotels, including Esperanza Resort in Cabo San Lucas and Trump International Hotel Las Vegas. At some hotels, pet parents and their dogs can enjoy a massage together. For example, there’s the “Me & My Best Buddy” at La Quinta.
Galligan points out many instances where dog massages can help to fur babies, including: young puppies, sporting dogs, working dogs, older dogs, dogs recovering from injuries or surgeries and basically all dogs.
Not that canines should be the only animal to benefit from massage. Cats will also appreciate a good rub. And Galligan, who massages horses as well, says, “Just as in people, massage helps reduce stress, increase flexibility and movement, enhances circulation and contributes to the overall ability of the body to function properly.”
He recommends one or two maintenance massages a month for older animals and more frequent for those animals rehabilitating from an injury. Massages often last 25 to 45 minutes for dogs and 60 minutes for horses.
For more information about animal massage, contact Galligan at firstname.lastname@example.org.