Learn more about TCVM theory!

What is veterinary physical rehabilitation?

Just as it is in humans, physical rehabilitation (or just “rehab”) involves using non-invasive techniques to restore function, mobility, and strength to injured patients. To ensure optimal recovery after orthopedic surgeries, rehab is a gold standard! Therapy will speed up healing, relieve pain, and improve the likelihood of your pet’s successful recovery.

What is Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM)?

This is an ancient Chinese medical system that has been used for thousands of years to treat animals. Although it is relatively new to the Western world, just like with any kind of medical system, it is constantly evolving and new research comes out all the time. There are four main pillars of TCVM which includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, food therapy, and tui-na.

Does acupuncture actually work?

Acupuncture in animals must be performed only by a certified veterinary acupuncturist. Acupoints are along the body’s Meridians are where blood vessels and nerve bundles meet. Acupuncture helps improve blood circulation, stimulates the nervous system, and releases chemicals in the body that aid in pain relief. The insertion of the tiny needles in their specific acupoints also helps with relaxing tight muscles.

Why an underwater treadmill?

Walking on a treadmill submerged in water has numerous benefits: it combines the natural buoyancy and resistance of the water without putting any strain on the muscles and joints. The weightlessness the patient experiences allows for improved range of motion, and also helps with individual paw placement to help improve gait. The warmer temperature of the water also helps with soothing any muscle or joint pain.

Do I need a veterinarian to refer me to Super Pets?

No! However, Dr. Richie will need to see your pet’s medical records including bloodwork, medications prescribed, doctor’s notes, and imaging (radiographs, ultrasounds, CT’s, MRI’s, etc.) prior to their appointment. This can be sent to superpetsvetrehab@gmail.com. Referring veterinarians are encouraged to reach out to discuss cases anytime!

Is there any paperwork I need to fill out?

Yes, there are a few forms that need to be filled out prior to your appointment. Please answer all questions as best as you can and as detailed as possible. These forms can be found here.

How do the Super Pets appointments work?

After you have completed and consented to the In-Home Service form statements (found at the above link), Dr. Richie will drive to your home address at your specified appointment time. If there is traffic/complications on route, Dr. Richie or her assistant will contact you, so please have your preferred method of contact nearby. Make sure your pet is in a comfortable area as this is where acupuncture, stretching, and massage will take place. Once those treatments are completed, we will then proceed outside to the bus where the underwater treadmill is. You and Dr. Richie will discuss follow-ups and progress.

What kind of payment does Super Pets accept?


Am I able to contact Dr. Richie about my pet outside of my appointment time?

Yes! Any and all questions, comments, concerns, updates, pictures/videos are welcome! You can email Dr. Richie anytime at superpetsvetrehab@gmail.com. Please note that Dr. Richie will only respond to messages during the business hours.

What if my pet is having an emergency?

Dr. Richie is not an emergency veterinarian. Please contact the nearest veterinary urgent care or emergency hospital if your pet is experiencing an emergency. If your pet is also having any other health concerns that are not otherwise an emergency, please go to your primary veterinarian.