Hip dysplasia or arthritis are common conditions in older dogs, especially in some breeds. While massage will not cure these conditions, it can provide temporary relief of pain in the hip joint by loosening up the muscles in the area and allowing the joint better range of motion.
If your dog has injured themself, muscles or ligaments in the hip area can go into spasm to support injured tissues. Massaging the hip area can increase blood supply, which removes toxins and increases oxygenation to injured tissues. Massage will also encourage muscles to relax, leading to reduced pain.
Pain from an injury or a medical condition can also result in changes in your dog's gait, which can put further strain on the hip muscles and cause muscle soreness. Address pain in the hips by ruling out any degenerative condition that may require medication in addition to giving your dog a massage.
Most dogs appreciate a hip massage. The hips are not an area your dog considers invasive, and they're probably used to being petted and touched there, so massaging the hips shouldn't be difficult.
However, if your dog is experiencing a lot of pain from a medical condition or injury, they may be more sensitive to their hips being touched. You'll want to proceed with caution so as not to cause discomfort and get a negative reaction from your dog.
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Hip pain in dogs isn't uncommon, especially as they age or exert themselves when working or playing. While a massage may not fix a chronic condition, it can provide pain relief and improve functioning in the area.
Acute injuries can benefit from massage by relaxing muscles that have spasmed to immobilize injured tissues and by increasing blood flow to the area. Remember that even muscles that aren't injured can overcompensate when injuries occur, especially in the hip, and will benefit from a massage to oxygenate and relax straining muscle tissues. Be gentle and let your dog be your guide as to how much pressure to apply and where to apply it.
If you're not confident about giving your dog a massage, book a Grooming service with a Pet Caregiver near you instead.
My dog has been having problems with getting up his back legs he has to push real hard to get up and is starting to be able to go only short distences and the back legs want to give out today I have an appointment for a bath for him should've message his hips and legs with a messager before I take him in he's super friendly and never whines or cries when they want to give he just needs a minutes rest sometimes before he stands again for a short bit
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I don’t know if you’ll have an answer but my dog deals with hip pain from being an senior dog and I massage his hips when he’s showing discomfort. During the massage he sits and accepts in (walks away or shows more discomfort, which I stop when he does, when he doesn’t want it) but sometimes he licks at my leg during and I’m just wondering if that’s a sign of gratitude or a negative sign?
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