Ever stopped to ponder whether Scruffy or Cuddles have had a rough week and could be in need of some love and attention? Spas are wonderful for both relaxation and beauty enhancement and now dogs from around the globe are also giving it a go.

Dog spas have been popping up around the globe and increasing in number on a yearly basis. Most dogs love them and luckily for them dog owners have also been taking a keener interest in enhancing their furry friends' over-all wellbeing. Most dog spas cater for all sized dogs and take special care in catering for each dog's individual needs and preferences. Some dogs pull a face to water sports but go crazy for a 30 minute massage and facial. Dog spas vary in both size and in the number of facilities offered. Unlike a standard grooming shop, dog spas focus on creating a relaxed and stress-free environment for the dogs. The list of facilities and treatments offered to your four legged friends at a typical dog spa are far from boring. Water sports such as swimming, hydrotherapy, aquatic treadmills, acupuncture, Reiki, grooming, massages, facials and nail art along with many more pampering treats await them. Some dog spas also offer overnight accommodation where dogs receive room service dog spa meals, private suites, limousine services and flat screen TV's tuned to the dog's favorite channel. Other spas have cyber cameras provided so you can watch your dog online and be confident that he/she is being taken care of. It's no wonder dogs are wagging their tails at the idea!

But is this all a big fad or are there benefits of dropping your furry friend at a dog spa for the day? Well apparently there are benefits. Not only will you be reducing your dogs stress and tension levels but their tired muscles will relax and they should leave feeling more energized and happier than ever. With the help of treatments such as hydrotherapy, dog spas have also proved effective with dogs recovering from injuries, suffering from diabetes or arthritis or general old age. Massage can also be helpful with dogs suffering with arthritis as it not only increases blood circulation and removes tension but also aids in relieving the pain.

Water sports are also a wonderful way to help bring up a healthy dog. Not only does it improve the dogs muscle tone, range of motion and general fitness but it also helps to keep control of the puppy fat that never left. The grooming and deep cleaning massages for the dogs also helps to stimulate better health and growth of your dog's skin and hair, keeping them looking beautiful for years to come. Like all people, some dogs also have difficult to manage hair, and this is taken care of with the correct products and oils. Many spas sell pet beauty products and will suggest products for your dog's needs to be used at home. These pampering, cleaning and exercise treatments have proven to provide both emotional and immune system benefits and a number of owners have experienced improved relationships with their dogs after starting their dog spa pamper routine.

Worth a try? You decide. Dog spas range from averagely priced to extravagant and is a sure way to bring back the puppy in your dog. Not a bad treat for man's best friend.

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