Bodywork for Pets Beaverton OR

Whether it's massage, acupuncture, chiropractic, or craniosacral, bodywork helps pets heal—with impressive results. Read on to learn about some of the more tried-and'true modalities, as well as a few new ones on the horizon.

GRF Petsitting & Dogwalking
(503) 407-0280
Beaverton, OR
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pooper Scooper Service, House Sitting, Behavior Modification, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Grooming, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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SafeJourney Pet Sitting
(503) 209-0177
Portland, OR
Services
Specialty Pet Products, Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, House Sitting, Behavior Modification, Doggie Day Care, Dog Training, Errand Service, Grooming, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Overnight Pet Boarding, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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steffie's house dog wash
(503) 238-1638
3829 se washington st
Portland, OR

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The Muttley Crew
(503) 626-8212
806 NW Murray
Portland, OR
Description
Portland, Oregon dog daycare and grooming services. Constant supervision, 2000 square feet of indoor play space, experienced groomers, pet taxi and other pet services.

Bowser's Bath Dog Wash & Grooming
(503) 684-5074
24315 SW Pacific Hwy
Portland, OR
Description
We are a full service grooming shop along with a self-serve dog washing. We groom by appointment 7 days a week. Each groomer works on your dog from start to finish. No cage drying which can over heat your dog or even scare them. We keep a clean and friendly environment. Each of the groomer's have 10+ years experience. The self-serve is open Tuesday - Sunday.

Many Paws
(503) 681-9393
Hillsboro, OR
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Dog Training, Grooming, Doggie Day Care, Overnight Pet Boarding, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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ReagaMuffin Pet Sitting
(503) 515-2511
Tualatin, OR
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, House Sitting, Behavior Modification, Errand Service, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Dog Training, Grooming, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Lola Bee's
(503) 642-9767
7090 S.W. Millennium Terrace
Beaverton, OR
Description
I offer a full service grooming facilty with optional spa services. I focus on aromatherapy and using the highest quality all natural products available. We welcome all breeds and sizes and offer flexible hours, morning or evening. The comfort of your pup comes first at Lola Bees. SPECIAL: 50% off all new clients!!
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Vet Referred

Bubbles N' Bows Dog Salon
(503) 246-7631
7695 SW 88th Avenue
Portland, OR
Description
Full service grooming, with a personal touch. I specialize in working one-on-one with dogs that need a quieter grooming atmosphere, and a little extra TLC.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Vet Referred

Lucky Dog Grooming and Daycare Center
(503) 684-5580
11535 SW Durham Rd C-2
Portland, OR
Description
Lucky Dog provides all breed, professional dog and cat grooming and doggie daycare as well.

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Creature Comforts—Bodywork for Pets

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Animals respond remarkably well to techniques developed for their caregivers.

Once upon a time the word bodywork referred only to something that happened inside an auto repair shop. But as interest in alternative therapies grew, health-minded people everywhere came to realize their bodies could use an occasional tune-up, too. These days, just about everyone has reaped the benefits of a massage therapist’s skillful touch, a chiropractor’s precise adjustments, or an acupuncturist’s qi-freeing needles. But humans and Volkswagens aren’t the only ones to experience the healing potential of bodywork—pets are getting in on the game, too.

Whether it’s massage, acupuncture, chiropractic, or craniosacral, bodywork helps pets heal—with impressive results. Read on to learn about some of the more tried-and-true modalities, as well as a few new ones on the horizon.

Chiropractic
Chiropractors realign musculoskeletal problems that can cause joint and nerve dysfunction. They examine the body—from toe to jaw—looking for inflammation, spasm, muscle loss, or neurological problems that result from a skewed musculoskeletal system. Sometimes the signs don’t appear to relate directly to structure. For example, rough coats and hair loss may signal compressed nerves. When chiropractors find abnormalities, they use low-force adjustments like stretching, gentle pulling, and guiding limbs to restore normal range of motion.

The therapist should tread gently with pets because of their delicate disk material, says certified animal chiropractor Julie Kaufman, DC, owner of The Animal Holistic Care Specialists in Marshall, Wisconsin, and author of Joint Yoga for Animals (Xenophon, 2006).

Patricia McConnell, PhD, author of For the Love of Dogs (Ballantine, 2006), has taken all five of her dogs to Kaufman, from 4-month-old Will to 15-year-old Pip. Will favored his right shoulder, leaning over to one side—sometimes called a lazy sit—and McConnell wanted to address any problem before it became chronic. After minor adjustments to his neck, right shoulder, and hip, Will was sitting straight, says McConnell. And although she has seen results firsthand, McConnell admits that the movements are so gentle she sometimes wonders if anything is happening.

Some pets look startled after adjustment, yawn (which can indicate they’re feeling stressed), and stretch. “Pathology of disease is due to conflict within the nervous system,” explains Betsy King, DVM, CVA, of Mesa, Arizona. “Realignments reset the nervous system, thereby enhancing the flow of qi.”

Craniosacral therapy
Craniosacral therapy (CST) aims to bring balance to the membranes and fluid around the brain and spinal cord, collectively called the craniosacral region. A subtle rhythm or pulse moves through those fluids and tissues, and a disruption—or strain—in this rhythm produces a ripple effect throughout the body. This can cause balance problems and neurological disorders, says Narda Robinson, DO, DVM, who teaches compl...

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