Following are just a few ways that massage can increase the well-being of your equine or canine athlete or your feline friend: Massage dilates blood vessels, allowing the blood to flow more freely, which in turn encourages the removal of waste products such as lymph and lactic acid. It stimulates blood circulation, and can be used to positively affect the health of animals whose activity has been curtailed. Situations include being restricted to a stall or boarding kennel. Because massage encourages circulation, massage increases the amount of oxygen reaching the tissues. This enhances health and results in a shorter recuperation time when there is an injury.