As your dog ages, their body can slow down as the muscles and joints struggle to work at their full capacity. They may become afflicted with arthritis, have a greater chance of bone breakage and have to deal with muscle atrophy. Just like in humans, old age in dogs can be painful for both body and mind.
Our canine massage therapist works to restore vitality back to your elderly dog’s body. Certified in Canine Myofunctional Therapy, our practitioner uses a combination of acupressure and therapeutic massage techniques to create a long-term plan for improving your dog’s quality of life.
WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON DILEMMAS OF SENIOR DOGS?
The ageing process results in a loss of muscle tone which adds stress to the joints as they are no longer well supported by adequate muscle mass. Loss of muscle mass also leads to a loss of balance and flexibility, resulting in inactivity, stiffness and pain for our loved canine family member. Inactivity and loss of muscle mass fast-tracks the aging process and increases the risk of injury from slips, falls and strains.
In old age, the joints of your dog begin to lose fluid around their joints. As their bones rub against each other without their protective cushion, your dog can experience severe pain. Afflicted with arthritis, your pet will not be able to run or jump as they used to, and will not be as agile when chasing their toys.
Injury also becomes more frequent due to brittle bones and lack of supporting muscle mass. And it may not stop at one injury – breakage of one bone can lead to a host of coinciding problems.
Apart from all the physical dilemmas your dog might experience, the psychological impact of aging should not be underestimated. After a long time living an active lifestyle, it can be a significant shock to an elderly dog to have to start slowing down. Your dog might not be their happy self anymore and perhaps even show signs of depression.
HOW CANINE MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY HELPS YOUR SENIOR FRIEND
Targeting the whole body and mind, our myofunctional therapy techniques are a safe and sure way to give your dog the best chance to life a long and happy life.
Canine Myofunctional Therapy reduces stiffness, loosens muscles and stimulates weak and inactive muscles which helps compensate for inactivity caused by the aging process. It helps our aging dogs to get to their feet more easily and stabilise themselves with less difficulty and pain. Massage keeps muscles toned, slowing down muscle atrophy and musculoskeletal degeneration. It increases circulation by bringing nutrients, oxygen and warmth to the muscles and releasing build-up toxins from inactive muscles.
Therapeutic massage can reduce the tightness of the shortened muscle around the arthritic joint which results in a more even pressure and thus diminishes the degenerative process in the cartilage of the joint. Most importantly it alleviates the pain caused by the bone surfaces rubbing together giving your dog a better quality of life.
Psychologically, massage therapy can help to achieve a more balanced emotional state in your dog as it releases endorphins into the bloodstream that act as natural painkillers and mood elevators. The result is a happier and more balanced dog that is coping better emotionally with the ageing process.
Contact our friendly massage therapist for more information about booking a massage appointment to relieve your elderly dog of pain.