Bodywork for Pets Pontiac MI

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.

Pupsy Daisy Pet Sitting
(248) 444-1251
Clarkston, MI
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Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Errand Service, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Grooming, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Comfy Creatures Dog Walking & Pet Sitting
(888) 273-8748
Livonia, MI
Services
Specialty Pet Products, Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, House Sitting, Pooper Scooper Service, Behavior Modification, Dog Training, Doggie Day Care, Grooming, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Overnight Pet Boarding, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Paw Print Inn Pet Resort & Spa
(248) 615-8500
41249 Vincenti Ct
Novi, MI

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Barb's Perfect Pet Grooming
(248) 681-4502
2615 Dixie Hwy.
Waterford, MI
Description
Professional dog grooming services at reasonable prices. Gentle caring groomers. Recommended by vets and other animal professionals. If you have a difficult dog, don't be afraid to ask for our help.

The Urban Dog
(248) 652-4575
1432 N. Rochester Rd.
Rochester, MI
Description
A full service all natural salon offering dog and cat grooming by skilled professionals. Also offering a full line of holistic and organic foods,treats and supplements along with recycled and eco friendly high quality dog and cat gear in our retail area.

Happy Tails Pet Sitting & Grooming, Inc.
(248) 981-4064
Sterling Heights, MI
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Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, House Sitting, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Grooming, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Longview Boarding & Grooming, Ltd.
(248) 879-0420
5403 Livernois Rd
Troy, MI

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Emmys Pampered Pooch
(248) 417-8162
3752 Eaton Gate Lane
Auburn Hills, MI
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We offer Grooming for Any Size dog from Toy to Great Dane - Only $ 25.00 - We serve the Metro Detroit Areas, based in Oakland County.
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Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

Wilhelmina's Pet Salon
248-673-PAWS (7297)
5742 Williams Lake Rd.
Waterford, MI
Description
Grooming for dogs and cats.

Bark Place Avenue
(248) 651-7387
814 N Main Street
Rochester, MI
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Full grooming salon/boutique. Always looking for experienced groomers. Located in Rochester MI

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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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