Have you ever thought about
giving your pet a massage? Just as with humans, pets can enjoy a number of
great benefits from receiving a massage. At the same time, there are certain
situations when a massage is not the appropriate course of action. Therefore,
it is important for you to understand the benefits of massage as well as when
massage is not appropriate.
Exploring the Benefits of Massage
Even if your pet is not sick or
injured in some way, giving it a good massage now and again can provide it with
a number of benefits. One of these is the bond it helps you form with your
bellowed pet, as giving your pet a massage helps to promote socialization while
giving you special one-on-one time together.
Massage is also beneficial to
animals that suffer from joint problems, over-extended muscles, arthritis, and
torn ligaments. Or, if you are traveling or if your pet has to remain cooped up
in a small place for a period of time, giving it a massage is a good way to
help alleviate stiffness and to improve flexibility.
When giving your pet a massage,
it is important to keep in mind that each muscle on its body has an effect on
other muscles. Therefore, by helping muscles in one area become more flexible
and relaxed, you also help other muscles in the area. At the same time, if your
pet becomes injured in one area, this will also affect other muscles in the
body. As such, if you are giving your pet a massage in an effort to alleviate
stiffness or soreness, you shouldn’t concentrate all of your efforts on the affected
area. Rather, give some attention to other areas of your pet’s body as well.
When Massage is Not the Answer
Although massage provides a
number of benefits, there are also times when it is not appropriate. For
example, if your pet is suffering from any of the following conditions, a
massage should not be conducted:
- Immune Disease
- Open Wounds
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Keeping health records for
ourselves and our loved ones is important and something that we all should do.
As a pet owner, do not inadvertently overlook keeping track and documenting
your four legged family member’s health information.
Do not wait until an emergency
happens to get your pet’s veterinary information organized and at your
fingertips. Getting organized and compiling vet records is easy. Get a binder
for each pet and label it with their name. Put the binder somewhere that is
convenient to access and easy to spot. Start collecting past health information
from your vet. Going forward request copies of vaccinations, tests, medicines,
Your pet’s health binder should include the following basic information for
- A Name, birth date, and gender.
- A Breed and general description including color
and approximate weight.
- A A recent photograph.
- A Microchip or tattoo information.
- A Name of your vet, veterinary clinic, and phone
- A Name and number of your local emergency vet
- A Names and numbers of specialty clinics you
- A Vaccination history and an up-to-date rabies
- A Results from physical exams.
- A Medications and their dosages.
- A Major illnesses and surgeries, plus dates.
- A Any test results, biopsies, etc.
- A Any allergies, hypersensitivities, or adverse
reactions, especially to anesthesia.
- A Diet regime.
- A Your pet’s insurance policy, if applicable.
In the case of an emergency your
stress level will be lowered and valuable time and money will be saved when you
have your pet’s vet records at your fingertips. Your pet’s health binder can
assist you in keeping track of scheduling appointments and keeps important
information in one place in case you move, change vets, travel or board your
pet and need proof of vaccinations.
The future is in online vet
records. Ask your vet if they offer this option but do not be disappointed if
they do not. This is not yet common but be aware that the technology is out
there. For example, the University of California, Davis, Veterinary Medical
Teaching Hospital has created its own web-based electronic medical record
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