Acupuncture and Physiotherapy

For Acupuncture and Physiotherapy appointments with Silvia Lavallee please phone:

Tuxedo Animal Hospital at 204-488-1843 for appointments on Tuesdays;

Dakota Veterinary Hospital at 204-255-8811 for appointments on Thursdays and Fridays.

Animal Rehabilitation by a Licensed Physiotherapist

Canadian Horse and Animal Physical Rehabilitation Physiotherapists (C.H.A.P.) have been trained to work with pets under the direction of a veterinarian. Techniques such as stretches, exercises, manual therapy, and modalities such as acupuncture are used to achieve the highest level of function for your pet.

The goals are to relieve pain, restore range of motion, improve function, prevent injuries and expand the physical potential of your pet.

Prior to your initial consultation, your veterinarian will be asked to provide us with a copy of your pet’s file providing details of the diagnosis. When you meet with Silvia Lavallee, she will evaluate your pet’s movement, spinal and joint function, strength and other physical abilities to determine the effect of the injury, degenerative or inflammatory disease, or disability.

Silvia will determine how best to restore proper movement and reduce the pain from an injury or disability. She will work with you to plan an individualized treatment program of acupuncture and/or physiotherapy based on a thorough assessment of your pet’s condition, environmental factors and lifestyle.

Physiotherapy is aimed at restoring and maintaining physical function and movement. Physiotherapy is beneficial in assisting in the recovery from muscle, joint or bone injuries or surgery. It is also helpful for muscle strains, weakness, spasms, stiffness, joint strain and arthritis.

Therapeutic exercise and a carefully selected range of active, passive and assisted exercise may be helpful for your pet. If this is the case, Silvia will review the appropriate movements with you so that you will be able to work with your pet at home.

Acupuncture is known to affect all major systems of the body. It relieves pain, decreases inflammation, increases circulation, accelerates healing, relieves muscle spasm, stimulates nerves and improves the body’s defense system. Acupuncture deactivates pain memory cells and provides a calming effect.

Physiotherapy and Acupuncture have been proven to be beneficial for the following conditions and situations:

  • Arthritis
  • Stiffness
  • Sprains
  • Inflammation (joint or muscle)
  • Muscle – strains, weakness, spasm, atrophy
  • Tendonitis
  • Spine/pelvis dysfunction
  • Paralysis, neuralgias
  • Post-operative rehabilitation
  • Pain control
  • Gait abnormalities
  • Prior to beginning training for a performance sport
  • Prior to starting an exercise routine

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Preventative Care

When is the best time to begin training your dog for a performance sport? Whether your dog is involved in performance training or just going for a vigorous walk with you, in order to minimize injury or early damage, it is best to hold off formal intensive activity until the growth plates have fused. This is at least 12 months in small dogs and up to 2 years in the giant breeds. Young growth plates lack the strength and the integrity to withstand excessive forces and are easily damaged. Trauma in a young dog’s joints can cause inflammation of even premature fusion.

Some of the issues that will be addressed during your consultation include:

  • Stretching: what is appropriate before and after exercise.
  • Exercises: which exercise program is most suited to your dog.

Some of the common mistakes are: poor stretching techniques, not enough stretching, working your dog at a young age, stopping too quickly, starting too quickly, not conditioning for a sport, and not maintaining fitness during off season or winter months.

If you would like to discuss an appropriate program for your dog or puppy please contact our office to arrange for a consultation.

Silvia Lavallée BMR PT, P.E.T.

Silvia graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1983 with a Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation in Physiotherapy. After graduation she specialized in orthopedics and acupuncture, becoming licensed in acupuncture by the University of Manitoba in 1986. Her special interest focuses on animal rehabilitation. She has completed the Canadian animal rehabilitation post-graduate courses directed by the Canadian Horse and Animal Physiotherapists (C.H.A.P.) and is qualified in Physio-based Evaluation & Therapeutic Rehabilitation (P.E.T.)

Sylvia Lavallee

Sylvia Lavallee

Other courses that Silvia has completed successfully are: Ttouch, Reiki II, Cranio-Sacral Therapy One, and a number of horsemanship seminars. Silvia is a current director and instructor for Canadian Horse and Animal Physiotherapists (C.H.A.P.)

Silvia and her husband Rolly share their home with their two animal-fanatic children, 4 dogs, 3 cats, 4 horses, several fish and a variety of foster pets.

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