Distinguished veterinarian and animal psychologist Dr. Michael W. Fox shares his pioneering 6-step dog massage technique, which is not only a healing tool and healthcare measure, but also affirms the bond between you and your animal companion. Drawn from more than 30 years of experience, Dr. Fox provides an orientation to basic dog anatomy, physiology, and psychology, and then addresses, through easy-to-read instructions and detailed illustrations and photos:
- Why dogs need massage
- How to understand your dog’s body language
- How to develop a massage routine
- How to diagnose illness with massage
- How to keep your dog fit and healthy
This newly revised and updated volume is an essential guide for helping and healing our animal companions.
Contents; Introduction ix; 1 The Healing Touch 1; 2 Why Dogs Need Massage 7; 3 Preparing Yourself and Your Dog for Massage 17; 4 A Mini-course in Anatomy 29; 5 Understanding Your Dog's Body Language 47; 6 The Massage Routine 55; 7 Diagnostic Massage 81; 8 Therapeutic Massage 93; 9 Total Health Care for Dogs 109; 10 Natural Healing 121; 11 The Healing Touch Revisited 129; Further Reading 138; Index 140.