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Every dog has its day

New dog spa caters to the decadent desires of pets and owners

At the Greenfield Animal Hospital’s Spa and Salon, clients are of the canine variety. Doggie spa treatments include include choices like The All Natural Deluxe Organic Package, The Diva Package, The Pampered Prince Package and even The Sugar Plum Fairy Package.

At the Greenfield Animal Hospital’s Spa and Salon, clients are of the canine variety. Doggie spa treatments include include choices like The All Natural Deluxe Organic Package, The Diva Package, The Pampered Prince Package and even The Sugar Plum Fairy Package. Photo by Marci Revette.

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Spanky the Pekingese is toweled off after an oatmeal bath treatment.

— Spanky got the full treatment during his visit, including a plum facial, a Mohawk haircut complete with blue dye, green toe nails and even a massage and acupuncture treatment. Dr. Frank Akawi, who practices at the Greenfield Animal Hospital, integrates the principles of traditional Chinese veterinary medicine and acupuncture into his Western medical background. During Spanky’s visit, Dr. Akawi performed both massage and acupuncture, which didn’t seem to hurt Spanky a bit.

“The benefit of massage therapy is an increase in blood flow into muscles and ligaments,” said Akawi. “This helps them to repair themselves.”

Dr. Akawi is a firm believer in acupuncture in dogs.

“It helps with Qi. It helps balance the body. Stomach 36 — the master point of Qi — literally means longevity. I believe it helps them to live longer,” he said.

In a nod to traditional Veterinary treatment, the hospital also offers a state-of-the-art laser that is used on athletes to repair tissue immediately and stimulate new tissue growth.

The Greenfield Animal Hospital is located on Route 9N in Greenfield Center, and on the web at greenfieldvets.com.

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