Bailey’s mom first noticed something was off with her when she was about 6 months old. She stopped running around at the dog park and would often just sit down on walks. Bailey was diagnosed with severe elbow dysplasia and had surgery to remove floating cartilage and bone chips. Her mom wanted to go the extra mile with Bailey’s care and brought her to Integrative Pet Care when she was a little over a year old and that’s when we fell in love with this mushy lab!
“Bailey and her mom have been dedicated to her rehabilitation since the beginning. She is a gentle swimmer who enjoys fetching toys and treats in the pool. She even enjoys her pain relieving therapies like shockwave and laser so much that she often falls asleep”
-Julie, Bailey’s primary therapist
In the beginning Dr. Ridley and Julie prescribed a pretty intensive treatment plan which included weekly therapeutic massage, exercise and laser therapy. Once her pain was under control we added sessions in the resistance pool to strengthen and stretch her elbows. After her original program ended, Bailey was graduated to a maintenance program of swimming once weekly with Massage & Laser sessions every other week!
“Since Bailey has been going to IPC, she has been full of energy—she can definitely tolerate some longer walks and most of the time, I have to hold her back from all out running too much!”
-Stephanie, Bailey’s mom
Dr. Ridley knew Bailey would be the perfect candidate for our new shockwave when it arrived. After a few treatments Stephanie noticed a difference in Bailey’s pain and comfort level.
“Bailey spends a lot of her day sleeping and lounging! She also loves to go on walks, sniff and chase after rabbits and squirrels and say hello to other dogs and owners. Inside she regularly tries to countersurf and beg for food. She also loves to run around inside ‘orbiting’ and chasing toys while playing with her older human siblings. Although she is 65 lbs, she thinks she is a huge baby and has no problem sitting on people when she feels like it. Part of her charm is her uncanny ability to find your head under the covers and sit on it to wake you up in the morning. She is the sweetest dog and readily accepts belly rubs from everyone.”
Make a Difference!
This month, Bailey has asked that we tell you about her favorite organization, Midwest Labrador Retriever Rescue. Midwest Labrador Retriever Rescue (MLRR) is an all volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to finding loving, permanent homes for unwanted or abandoned Labrador Retrievers. All rescued Labs are placed in foster homes where they can be evaluated for temperament and level of training before being adopted. Please consider making a donation in Bailey’s honor, it would make her day!