Dogs with respiratory problems are more likely to have shorter nasal tracts. Breeds that are more susceptible to this include Shih Tzus, Boxers and Bulldogs. Other dogs may have sensitive nasal passages and trouble breathing during colder, wetter seasons.
Therapeutic massage on the respiratory system is helpful for all dogs in increasing the oxygen level in the tissues surrounding the nasal cavity. Lymph nodes will get drained and circulation to the muscles involved in breathing are stimulated. The dog will breath much easier as specific massage techniques are employed to target the “choked” respiratory system.