Anytime my dog looks uncomfortable in any way, my first instinct is to fix the problem. I don’t want my dog to suffer unnecessarily for any reason. Arthritis and dry skin were the top two reasons I started a twice per week treatment plan of dog massage.
Using dog oil for massage is a great idea and a fantastic way to both bond with your pet and provide a safe alternative to prescription drugs. I’m going to share with you my secret for keeping my dogs happy and healthy.
TIP #1 ESSENTIAL DOG OIL FOR MASSAGE
My favorite dog massage oil is a combination of coconut oil and a few drops of lavender essential oil. You can use any oils you want with a few exceptions. Remember, dogs have a much stronger sense of smell than we do and overly stringent oils could be overwhelming.
Avoid the following oils:
• Garlic Oil
• Juniper Oil
• Rosemary Oil
• Tea Tree Oil
• Thyme Oil
• Wintergreen Oil
Sometimes even the most commonly used dog massage oils will cause a reaction. Watch for signs of:
- heavy breathing
The following short video offers a perspective on dog massage
Did you know that there are nearly 700 muscles attached to 320 bones (depending on tail length) in a dog’s body? Penny from Bristol K9 Dog Massage joins us with advice on how to protect those important muscles: https://t.co/elUNchknxP pic.twitter.com/dvrbEjh6C6
— Barket Place (@barketplace) March 5, 2018
TIP #2 MY FAVORITE RECIPE:
1 cup of melted coconut oil
A couple drops of lavender
This concoction will last a long time. Use it sparingly, especially until you know how your dog will react.
TIP 3 KEEP IT PURE AND SIMPLE
Make sure the carrier oil (the oil you use to mix with the essential oil) is pure and not loaded with added ingredients.
The suggested ratio of essential oil drops to carrier oil drops was created with the dog’s size in mind. For example:
0 – 25 pounds 1 drop of essential oil to 4 drops carrier oil
26 – 45 pounds 1 to 2 drops of essential oil to 2 – 4 drops of carrier oil
46 – 75 pounds 2 drops of essential oil to 2 drops of carrier
and so on…
The larger the dog, the more essential oil you can use compared to the amount of carrier. That said, never use more than 4 drops of oil per massage session. It’s expensive, and any more than that is unnecessary.
TIP #4 WATCH OUT FOR HOT SPOTS
The first time I massaged my dog, I used extreme care around his painful joints. Instead of applying pressure on those spots, I focused on increasing blood flow to those areas by massaging with gentle pressure pointing to the area.
There might also be tender spots you never knew about. If your dog suddenly lifts his head or pulls away, stop.
DON’T FORGET THE PAWS
Dog oil massage can be beneficial to those tender paws. Use oil sparingly and look for any signs of injury to the paw before applying pressure.
TIP#5 PROFESSIONALS KNOW BEST
If you’re the least bit nervous about giving our dog a massage, search for local doggy spas in your area. There are trained canine massage therapists that can help. However, only go this route if your dog is comfortable with strangers.
I want to give you a big pat on the back for being such an excellent dog owner. You’re not only taking the time to nurture your dog, but you’re also concerned about your dog’s health.
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