Who we are
Lauren has had a passion for animals since she was a young girl. Growing up with family cats, dogs, and occasional wildlife, she knew she was destined to work with animals! She sought out a degree in Veterinary Technology at Algonquin College, and jumped into general practice medicine at different clinics in the Ottawa Region. She has also gained a tremendous amount of experience working in the Emergency Dpt. at Alta Vista Animal Hospital. Always having an interest in specializing in her field, she attained a certification as a Canine Massage Therapist at the Canadian College of Massage Therapy, and shortly thereafter pursuing her dream of successfully completing her certification as a Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner and Osteoarthritis Case Manager at the University of Tennessee.
We have the luxury of offering our patients rehabilitation services in the home environment, where, we believe, they are most comfortable. However, we also can provide services in the veterinary facility in addition to a variety of canine fitness classes. Patients treated range from painful and arthritic, to those recovering from orthopedic surgeries, injured athletes, neurologic conditions (degenerative myelopathy, intravertebral disc disease, etc.), or to simply help senior pets age more gracefully!
Underwater treadmill (in-clinic visits only)
Energy point stimulation
Trigger point release
Creating an individualized cardiovascular and strength training program
Craniosacral therapy (COMING SOON!)
Visceral manipulation (COMING SOON!)
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My mini daschund Bams hurt his back in December of last year. Was put on anti inflammatory meds got better. But in January reinjured his back and became paralized. After a consultation with our Vet we were told he still had deep pain and was put on prednasone. They suggested rehab for my little guy. Going through it I thought it was hopeless but called K 9 because I had to try. Followed all exercises given and just when I thought I had enough of his incontenence, carrying him all over and feeling bad for him he started standing then taking a few steps. As of April he has been walking and running and up to his old antics.
I am thankful to Lauren and K9 Performance & Recovery for helping to bring back my little guy. Would recommend them as they are kind and courteous and were wonderful with Bams.
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My dog Bubba (chihuahua) suffered an injury to his neck which resulted in severe spasms. The vet tried pain meds and muscle relaxants for a week which helped a bit. After the week she recommended that Bubba see a rehab specialist. Lauren at K9 was great! She had a way of dealing with my little guy who can be a bit on the dramatic side. I saw big improvement after just one visit! I especially liked the fact that she will come to your house to provide the treatment, since Bubba doesn’t like cars or the vet’s office lol. We followed her home exercise recommendations and after 3 sessions the spasms are gone and Bubba is back to his old self. Thank you Lauren!
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My dog, Boots, is in his senior years now so we’re going for physiotherapy. Our therapist, Lauren Bissonnette is excellent – professional, informative and easy to chat with. Boots seems to really enjoy his sessions, and why wouldn’t he? Lauren administers laser acupuncture and cell treatment, while he cuddles with me. The sessions have been great for me as well. I’ve learned the dos and don’ts of an elderly dog. Now I can interpret whether Boots is in pain or not, or whether he’s just being head-strong about something. Thanks!
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Very friendly, knowledgeable and professional. Great services go any dog who may be suffering from old age conditions or injury. Thank you for helping our senior lab Sugar! ♥
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼What is rehabilitation and why is it used?
Veterinary rehabilitation is nearly identical to physical therapy for people. However, it is a protected term in the province of Ontario; therefore professionals refer to it as veterinary rehabilitation (or rehab). Much like in humans, the focus of veterinary rehabilitation is functionality. Treatment goals are individualized to each patient, designed to optimize movement, and overall quality of life for the patient.
Certified rehabilitation professionals complete many hours of coursework and hands-on training. They are experts in treating neuromuscular and musculoskeletal conditions. In –depth evaluations are performed to manage ongoing treatment, and consistent measurements to determine progress during the patient’s recovery program.
A good portion incorporates building strength, flexibility, endurance, and range of motion. Equipment is also used in order to target weaker areas better, such as Thera-Bands, Physio-Rolls, Wobble Boards, Donuts, etc. These professionals also perform bodywork on their patients, using their hands to perform joint mobilizations, visceral manipulation, trigger point release, fascial work, and massage. Additional modalities are often used, such as laser therapy, acupuncture, NMES, TENS, underwater treadmill, and therapeutic ultrasound. What conditions can rehabilitation benefit?
Any post-operative orthopedic patient (ex: Grade >II patellar luxation repair, cranial cruciate ligament repair, total hip replacement, femoral head and neck excision, fragmented coronoid process, and ununited anconeal process etc.)
- Grade I patellar luxation
- Intervertebral disc disease
- Idiopathic polyneuropathy
- Muscle contractures (ex: quadriceps, gracillis, infraspinatus, etc.)
- Biceps tenosynovitis
- Elbow and hip dysplasia
- Acute injuries (ex: strain, sprain)
- Athletic injury
- Chronic pain conditions
- Degenerative myelopathy
- And many many more!
What is energy point stimulation; why is it used?
Energy point stimulation is facilitated through a small hand-held unit (AcuHealth Professional 900) which produces minute electrical impulses that stimulate pre-determined and easy to find points on the body.
These points are linked along neuro-paths called Meridians, which transmit the unit’s electrical pulse direct to the affected area. The treatment is completely safe and painless and the unit is designed to be operated by anyone.
Developed for acupuncture point stimulation self treatment, it has been accepted by the professional community as an instrument affording great relief to many people suffering pain or discomfort.
The principals of acupuncture are based on the stimulation of certain points throughout the body. These points are interconnected and are known as meridians. The organs and limbs along these meridians beneficially respond to stimulation, with a subsequent relief of pain and an improvement in the general sense of well-being.
The one primary attraction to this unit is a medically accepted method of pain relief.
What is laser therapy and why is it used?
Phototherapy (also known as low level laser therapy), is a therapeutic physical modality in which light energy (or photons) are used for tissue healing, reducing pain, edema, and inflammation.
Light energy penetrates through the skin and is absorbed by specific organelles (mitochondria) of cells of all types. The light energy is then converted to bio-chemical energy to help in restoring normal cell function.
Laser therapy will:
- Increase circulation
- Reduces/eliminates acute pain
- Reduces/eliminates chronic pain
- Reduces swelling and inflammation
- Simulates and improves nerve function
- Strengthens and repairs soft tissue
- Increases mobility and muscle function
A wide range of conditions are treated with laser therapy, some include:
- Repetitive strain and sprain injuries
- Chronic pain condition
- Muscle tension/spasms
- Wounds (post-op, acute, chronic)
- Swelling, edema
- Inflammatory conditions (tendonitis, bursitis)
- To facilitate acupuncture
We pride ourselves at ensuring adequate communication with your veterinarian. See below for our referral form. Please email or bring this into your veterinarians office for completion.
☎(613) 218 – 2186