Signs Your Dog Needs Massage Therapy Signs Your Dog Needs Massage Therapy

July 30th, 2014 | ​​​​​​​Massage Therapy

Signs Your Dog Needs Massage Therapy

Most people don’t consider the fact that, like us, dogs can experience a wide range of aches, pains and health issues as they age. From arthritis to obesity, there are a number of health conditions and ailments that canines are prone to that make a healthy diet and exercise essential. Massage therapy for dogs can help our furry friends find relief from a wide range of problems including, but not limited to:

  • Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD) (a form of osteoarthritis caused by cartilage deterioration)
  • Crucial Cruciate Ligament (associated with extreme trauma)
  • Post-Surgery Recovery
  • Hip Dysplasia (occurs when the hip joint ball is not fitted correctly in socket)
  • Lameness (common sign of bone/joint disease)
  • Muscle Spasms (often caused by inflammation, nervous system disease or kidney failure)



Massage Therapy for Dogs

As dogs age, their knees, joints and ligaments become vulnerable to wear and tear. Most of these problems can be avoided with the right amount of exercise. Unfortunately, injuries still happen and some animals can be born with some of these conditions. Without proper treatment, these aches and pains can quickly turn into serious problems. Obviously, our pets can’t easily communicate with us about what is hurting them, so it is important for owners to know what symptoms to look for that can indicate they may need therapeutic rehab. Some of these symptoms include:

  • Slower movements after minimal walking and/or playing
  • Trouble getting up stairs
  • Walking with a limp
  • Holding a leg up while standing
  • Decreased enthusiasm for physical activity
  • Sitting in awkward, slanted positions


Tampa Bay K9 Rehabilitation Center

Whether you have a puppy that just had surgery, or have an older dog that seems to be experiencing increased pain and discomfort as they age, give us a call at Tampa Bay K9 Rehab. In addition to massage therapy, we also offer a wide range of services that help restore animals to their optimal health, including stem cell regenerative therapy, hydrotherapy, chiropractic therapy, heat therapy, and laser therapy.

Imagine if your suffering pet was once again able to move freely without experiencing any pain. Let us help get your dog back into a healthy and active lifestyle by restoring their joint and muscle strength. Fill out our online contact form or give us a call at (727) 677-9500 to learn more about our massage therapy services in Tampa Bay, and other programs best suited for your beloved animal.

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