We know that it can be a bit nerve-wracking to have your dog having tummy rubs.
But that doesn’t mean that the massage will never happen.
A new study suggests that dog tummy rubbing is not only enjoyable for dogs, but can be used to increase the chances of a dog’s health, and reduce the risk of skin cancer.
In a paper published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, researchers from the University of Texas, Austin, found that stimulating the skin by squeezing a tummy can increase its activity and reduce its friction.
In a study published in Nature Medicine, researchers have found that stimulation of the skin increases the activity of collagen and elastin, which are the two main ingredients in muscle tissue.
The elastins, in turn, stimulate collagen synthesis and collagen degradation, which reduces the chances that cells break down and become cancerous.
In a related study published last year in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers found that dogs with active tummy scratching have significantly lower levels of inflammation and oxidative stress.
More on the health of pets:How to tell if your pet needs a vet visitIf you or someone you know needs treatment for skin or fur problems, ask your vet to look into the potential problem.
If you don’t want to go to a vet, you can always get a pet from a local animal shelter.