Chisholm Creek Pet Resort is proud to announce a new service to our menu: Canine Massage!
Canine massage is a gentle, non-invasive way to enhance your dog’s quality of life. Massage can be beneficial to all types of dogs, whether you have a companion pet, agility dog, show animal, or service dog.
Massage can improve and enhance a large number of functions in the body and is a great way to keep your dog active and healthy throughout its lifetime. Massage helps to open blood vessels, which improves blood circulation. Better blood circulation means more oxygen and nutrients can be delivered throughout the dog’s body. The stronger blood flow can also push out more waste and toxins that can make your dog sick.
Muscle soreness can be the result of injury, structural imbalance, over stretching or overuse/misuse. If a problem exists in one area, the dog will have to compensate by tensing up or using other muscles to protect the injured muscle. If muscles remain tight for a long time, a dog’s body feels tension, stiffness, and pain. Massage helps to loosen tight, constricted muscles, decrease pain, increase range-of-motion, and restore proper tone.
Many animals respond well to the relaxation benefits of massage. It’s an effective way to help socialize young dogs and help relieve stress from the body. By getting your pet used to touch with massage, it can make them easier to handle by other canine professionals, such as veterinarians, groomers, and trainers. If a dog begins its life with positive touch from people, it will be more comfortable in all kinds of situations.
Ashley Olmstead, who is currently the resort’s Daycamp Supervisor, recently received her massage certification from the Lang Institute for Canine Massage in Loveland, Colorado. She is a member of the Association Bodywork for Massage Professionals (ABMP) and is certified in Pet First Aid and CPR (Coast2Coast First Aid/CPR).
Canine massage is not a substitute for veterinary care. In fact if your dog has any medical issue we will request that you visit your vet before having any massage sessions.
What are the benefits of canine massage?
Canine massage is a gentle, non-invasive way to enhance your dog’s quality of life. It can improve and enhance a large number of functions in the body and also help your dog relax in stressful situations. Massage assists in opening blood vessels, which means more oxygen and nutrients can be delivered throughout your dog’s body.
What can I expect from my dog’s first session?
Our canine massage provider will meet with you, the owner to obtain some basic information. The provider will observe your dog’s posture and movement and will visit with you about any health and activity levels.
We prefer you be present for the first massage session so your pet will be more comfortable. Some dogs may be excited or have anxiety the first few sessions, which is normal. The initial session usually lasts about an hour. Future sessions might last 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the level of your dog’s comfort with the massage process.
How should I prepare my dog for a massage session?
- Bring along some of your dog’s favorite treats.
- Make sure your pup has gone potty before the session begins.
- Schedule the massage at a time when your dog’s tummy isn’t too full.
Can a massage provider diagnose an injury or illness?
As a canine massage provider, she is not able to diagnose any injury or illness. Her scope of practice is specifically limited to providing massage techniques. Only a licensed veterinarian is permitted to diagnose your pet’s injury or illness. However, if our massage provider suspects your dog is experiencing a serious health issue, she might recommend that you schedule an appointment with your veterinarian.
What do I do if my dog is injured or limping?
Massage is not a substitute for veterinary care. As with any change in your dog’s medical condition, consult your pet’s veterinarian. A massage provider does not diagnose or prescribe treatment. However, massage can help your dog recover from injury. Treatment can reduce the pain associated with sprains, strains, and arthritic conditions. Dogs will recover faster from injury as a result of the benefits of massage and many veterinarians will suggest massage as part of your dog’s treatment plan.
Do I need vet approval before massage?
If your dog is experiencing any pain, has a limp, or swelling, then your vet needs to look at your dog first. He or she can advise when massage will be beneficial to your dog, especially when in rehab for any injuries. We will need written consent from your vet if your dog has any health issues. Your massage provider is not a veterinarian, and cannot diagnose problems. We work with your vet to enhance your dog’s overall care and comfort.