At Philly Dog Works we are committed to making your dog as happy and comfortable as possible.
Treat your pampered pet to a relaxing massage or acupuncture session to improve, maintain, or supplement their health and wellbeing.
We are also here to help your aging pet when they are suffering from the aches and pains of aging and arthritis, a less active lifestyle, or any number of issues. Massage has been shown to help with rebuilding and maintaining important muscle mass as well increasing circulation and flexibility.
Services + Rates
50 minute session - $60
During your initial appointment we will discuss your pet’s current lifestyle, any changes that have taken place, and any concerns you may have. We will then do a nose to tail evaluation of your pets musculature and range of motion and discuss our findings with you so that we can come up with the best massage possible to make your pet as relaxed and comfortable as we can.
Who Benefits From Canine Massage:
All dogs benefit from massage in the same ways that we benefit from massage. Massage can be a way to relax and also a way to become calm and centered. Dogs suffering from certain ailments may benefit from massage more than others:
- Geriatric dogs suffering from age related conditions like arthritis
- Muscle sprains and strains
- Relieves muscle tension and increases range of motion
- Increases flexibility
- Facilitates recovery after surgery and exercise
- Soothes sore muscles and joints
- Supports proper digestion
- Regulates the immune system
- Improves mood, reduces anxiety, depression, and stress
per SESSION - $100
What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient practice dating back thousands of years to China, where it has been used to treat a variety of conditions in both humans and animals. The purpose of this practice is to produce a healing response in the body by inserting needles into specific points, called acupoints. Each acupoint has a specific effect on other tissues and organ systems within the body when stimulated. It is the response that aim to correct imbalances and restore balance to the body.
Today, acupuncture is used all around the world, as both medical therapy and as a form of preventative medicine. To maximize its benefits, acupuncture is commonly used in conjunction with Western medicine, to treat a wide variety of conditions in numerous species. Research into the scientific basis of acupuncture continues to advance, and positive benefits have been demonstrated in both humans and animals. Acupuncture is not indicated in every medical condition, and it may not succeed when traditional medicine has failed; however it can provide undeniable benefits for a wide variety of ailments.
In companion animals, acupuncture is indicated for a number of problems, including conditions of the following systems:
- Including sport/athletic injuries
- Nervous system
- Select reproductive disorders
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Many animals do not acknowledge or react to the insertion of acupuncture needles. Other animals may experience an uncomfortable sensation upon insertion of needles. Once the needles are in place, they do not cause any additional pain or discomfort.
MEET OUR STAFF
Lindsay Hallman CVT, CCMT
Lindsay has been working as a veterinary nurse in the fields of emergency, intensive care, oncology, and physical therapy since 2001. She graduated with a degree in Veterinary Nursing from Harcum College and did her clinical rotations at The University of Pennsylvania Ryan Veterinary Hospital and The New Bolton Center Hospital. She has had a special interest in rehabilitation and physical therapy since starting in that field in 2011, working under two certified physical therapy veterinarians. She graduated from Brandenburg Massage Therapy School with a certification in canine massage therapy to further her education in the field of physical therapy. She is a caring and compassionate animal lover who forms strong connections and bonds with all of her patients.
Lindsay lives in Philadelphia with her two dogs Pig and Tessa Jean. Pig is a senior border collie mix with an active personality. He was diagnosed with a brachial plexus nerve sheath tumor invading his spine leaving him with quite a few physical limitations. Being involved with his continued treatment and care has strengthened her interest in helping other families and their pets to find alternatives to helping manage pain and live longer happier lives.
Dr. Cierra French, DVM
Dr. Cierra French was born in York, PA and raised in Cecil County, Maryland. She attended Towson University and worked as a veterinary technician while completing her undergraduate studies. After earning her Bachelor's degrees in both biology and chemistry, Dr. French attended the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, VA.
During veterinary school. Dr. French worked in the veterinary teaching hospital as a laboratory technologist. She also volunteered on Native American reservations in Arizona providing wellness and preventative care. During her final year of study Dr. French received a scholarship to attend the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in Reddick, Fl. She graduated from veterinary school in the top third of her class, and completed her advanced training in small animal acupuncture shortly after graduating.
Dr. French completed a general rotating internship with Pennsylvania Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Associates. Her professional interests include emergency medicine, endocrinology, neurology, and integrative medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, arts/crafts, and traveling. She and her husband have two dogs, a cat, and two chinchillas.