Dog massage is a popular technique used by some to help ease the pain of a dog’s separation anxiety, and the technique can also help relieve other physical ailments.
But a new study from the University of Minnesota suggests that it may not be so beneficial if you are using a dog crate.
“There is no evidence that crate-based dog massage is effective for dog separation anxiety,” said Dr. David G. Rifkin, a veterinary allergist who was not involved in the study.
“We have done a lot of research and we have seen that when you use a crate, you can’t control the amount of allergens that come into the body.”
The research was published in the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
“I’m not sure why there is no good data that suggests that crate therapy helps with dog separation anxieties, but it is something to think about and consider,” said G. William Johnson, a veterinarian and president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, in an email to the Hill.
Johnson said the research was based on a study involving dogs and their owners that was published last year in the Journal of the International Society of Allergology.
In the study, the owners were told that they could put their dogs in a crate that was either an electric-operated dog crate or a conventional one, but they could not bring in allergens from outside the home.
The researchers then had the dogs perform their first-ever massage using a “breathing apparatus,” which is a device that is attached to a harness and allows the dog to breathe through a straw and is then used to massage the dog’s back.
“This device can be used for massage of any kind.
We know that it is a good alternative to a pet seat, which is uncomfortable, and it can be placed inside the dog crate to help alleviate dog separation,” Johnson said.
The study was conducted in collaboration with the University at Buffalo Medical Center, and included dogs from six different breed groups, and researchers said that some dogs in the group had been treated with the breathing apparatus, while others had not.
The research also included a second group of dogs, those who were given a nasal spray.
Researchers said that the breathing devices were used to provide a “control” to determine whether the dogs were suffering from separation anxiety.
The devices were tested in dogs ranging from three months to six years old, and they were found to provide similar results.
Johnson suggested that pet owners who have experienced dog separation issues may want to consider using a device to reduce the risk of allergies.
“If the owner has a history of pet separation anxiety or other health issues, a pet device that reduces the risk that a dog is at risk of becoming a pet is a safe option for them,” he said.
Johnson added that pet owner’s need to be careful about the way they massage their pets should not be ignored.
“The more they are able to work with their pet, the less chance there is of an allergic reaction.
And if a dog does become allergic, it is important to take steps to minimize the risk,” he added.
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William Johnson, University at Bills Medical Center