Bodywork for Pets Independence MO

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.

4 Paws of Love
(816) 200-0213
Kansas City, MO
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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PawZone Pet Care Service
(816) 820-5829
Liberty, MO
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, House Sitting, Dog Training, Errand Service, Grooming, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Overnight Pet Boarding, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
Membership Organizations
Pet Sitters International

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K-9 Club
(816) 679-4073
Mission, KS
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, House Sitting, Pet Transportation, Grooming, Overnight Pet Boarding, Doggie Day Care, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
Membership Organizations
Pet Sitters International

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Bark Avenue
(816) 761-0004
5600 E. Bannister Road
Kansas City, MO
Description
Furminator treatments, Kitty Lioncuts, Full body scissoring, show styling available. Veterinary Technician on premises, geriatric pets always welcome

Devo's Pet Grooming
(816) 510-3610
5654 Merriam Drive
Shawnee, KS
Description
My name is Devin and as an experienced pet groomer I offer full dog grooming services including full kennel cuts (full body), patterns and scissor trimming, etc. I work every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Simply Wonderful Petsitting
(816) 550-1317
Kansas City, MO
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pooper Scooper Service, Errand Service, House Sitting, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Dog Training, Grooming, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
Membership Organizations
Pet Sitters International

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Critter Sitter Connection, LLC
(816) 454-8862
Kansas City, MO
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Errand Service, House Sitting, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Dog Training, Grooming, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Jazzy Pet Spa, llc
(816) 517-7349
7101 Sterling Avenue
Kansas City, MO
Description
Pet Spa comfort delivered. Electric grooming table lifts to tub for a gentle,warm,hydro-jet bath.Rejuvenate your pet with our complete custom spa treatment, including trim. Reduces shedding,condition skin and coat. Choose a free upgrade, including photo. Give us a call and let us do the rest.Open 8-8, 7 days a week.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Show Grooming Services

Empire Pets Salon and Boutique
(913) 236-5318
Empire Pets Salon & Boutique
Mission, KS
Description
We are a full service salon and boutique. Experienced groomers offering individual care and grooming. Full line of natural food and treats; and other boutique items. Our goal is to creat an atmosphere making the grooming experience a pleasant one. Stop for a visit Mon-Sat. Appointments please.

Pooches
(913) 631-7297
12301 Johnson Dr.
Shawnee, KS
Description
Professional dog grooming, self service dog wash, dog bakery and pet boutique.

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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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