Dr. M. Boussouira began his course in animal physiotherapy at the University of Tennessee in the fall of 2015.
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