Dr. M. Boussouira began his course in animal physiotherapy at the University of Tennessee in the fall of 2015.
Dr. Michèle St Pierre received her certificate for acupuncture and also for animal chiropractic.
Animal physical therapy can be practiced by a physiotherapist or a human physical therapist assistant who is certified in animal physiotherapy or a technician or a veterinarian also certified as an animal physiotherapist.
The Chambly Veterinary Hospital is equipped with:
- Swimming pool 8'x16'
- Underwater treadmill
Why is rehabilitation important?
- For patients that had to undergo a surgery, such as fractures or the rupture of a cruciate ligament.
- For some neurological conditions causing changes to cartilage, bone, muscles or tendons and ligaments.
- A dog can lose one‐third of their muscle mass in the rear limb following a surgery for a cranial cruciate ligament rupture and it may take over one year for a full muscle tissue regrowth.
- In some cases where post surgery recovery is not possible or where your pet may have permanent physical side effects, rehabilitation will help insure a better quality of life.
- Animals with osteoarthritis and conditions with myo-arthro-skeletal pain
or neurological conditions.
Benefits of physical rehabilitation
- Increases speed of recovery
- Brings a positive psychological effects for the pet and owner
- Improves performance and quality of movement
- Increases strength and endurance
- Improves biomechanics and flexibility
- Reduces pain
- It is a non‐invasive approach with minimal complications and helps prevent future injury through owner/trainer education