Hi, this is Mary with expertvillage.com and
today we’re going to talk about massaging down the sides of your animal. So again if
you can do this with the animal standing up, it’s probably the best thing because then
you can get both sides at once but if you have an injured animal or you have an older
animal that just doesn’t like to stand, then you’re going to have to do it when they’re
laying down. So when you do the sides, one thing you have to remember is no pressure
to speak of. You’re going to feel like you’re just barely hitting the surface but you’re
not. You just do it, nice calm strokes that we’ve talked about before. In human beings
it’s called an eplorage stroke and that’s what you’re using on this. And you’re just
going to go very slowly, this is a good time to notice lumps, here, here, you notice if
it’s warm for some reason where it shouldn’t be. What these strokes do down the sides of
the animal is it helps to start stimulating the organs that are beneath the rib cage.
And for older animals especially, it’s really good to kind of hit the chest area with this
same sort of stroke because that helps to stimulate the heart.