Canine Massage Lymphatic Drainage

Canine Massage Lymphatic Drainage

Lymphatic drainage is a therapeutic massage treatment. The goal of lymphatic drainage in the massage is to increase the flow of lymph and reduce toxins in the body.

The lymph system is part of the dog’s body’s immune system and helps fight infection. Lymph itself is a clear, slightly yellow fluid. It transports nutrients and oxygen to cells, collecting toxins on the way and flushing them out through the lymph nodes. There are around twice as many lymph vessels as blood vessels in the dog’s body. However, unlike blood, which is pumped around by your heart, the lymph system has no pump. The pressure from their blood vessels and movement from their muscles push the lymphatic fluid around.

Lymphatic drainage massage has beneficial effects on dogs’ general health. Improving the flow and drainage of lymph around the body is good for dogs in lots of ways.


  1. Reduces the suffering from minor colds and viruses
  2. Helps the body fight off infection, and speeds up healing and recovery from illness
  3. Reduces water retention; for instance, because the lymph system has no pump. When dogs sit for a long time without moving, the lymph can’t flow easily — this is why he may experience swollen wrists and hocks
  4. Boosts weight loss. improving the lymphatic system improves metabolic rate, which helps burn calories more efficiently
  5. Manual lymphatic drainage is also used in the treatment of lymphoedema
  6. Improves skin texture by reducing swelling, puffiness and blotches
  7. Speeds up healing in scar tissue
  8. Use very light pressure
  9. Long, gentle, rhythmic strokes following the venous cardiovascular patterns
  10. Light fingertip scratching over the lymph nodes toward the heart
  11. Muscle stripping
  12. Rocking
  13. Joint mobilization
  14. Holding and breathing

Begin by working your way up from the paws. Lymphatic drainage massage uses very light pressure, as well as long, gentle, rhythmic strokes and soft pumping movements toward, over, and away from the lymph nodes.


  1. Fatigue
  2. Thirsty
  3. Tender
  4. Unsteady/disoriented
    Lymphatic drainage can leave dogs feeling exhausted. They may want to rest for the rest of the day. They need time to ease their bodies back into activity. Lymphatic drainage massage may also leave them thirsty. It’s a process of flushing out the system; encouraging them to drink plenty of water adds to the treatment.

Post treatment plan

After the rest period, gentle activity, like a walk, will help encourage healthy lymph flow. Movement at the joints exerts pressure on the lymphatic vessels and keeps lymph flowing through them.



  1. Barbara Rosenberger on April 29, 2022 at 10:30 PM

    My dog has lymphoma can massage LMD help

  2. Elea Stapleton on May 2, 2022 at 12:20 PM

    My dog has Lymphoma also. I just heard about lymphatic message. I was wondering if the messages will be helpful. I will continue this therapy to help her feel better.

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