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Patient of the Month November 2015 Homer Glen

PeanutPeanut UT

We adopted Peanut in February 2002, she was the last of a litter of Shar-Pei puppies that were found in a box placed in the back of a pickup truck. While in her Foster Mom’s home she was given the nick name “Smart Puppy” because she learned things very quickly. She has always been the dominant one in the canine pack. We were not the first family to try to adopt Peanut, but for whatever reason, the other families did not work out. The day Peanut came to visit us, the lady conducting the home visit from, “Rescue A SharPei” came inside first without Peanut, did her home check and a brief interview with us. She then proceeded to tell us Peanut was leery of new people and we would need to give her space and time to take in her new surroundings and get used to us. She had been in a couple of homes the past few weeks and it was stressful on her. With that in mind my husband and I sat on the floor of the hallway and waited until Linda went back outside and brought Peanut in. Peanut’s first reaction to our home was to walk right over to Chad and climb in his lap, she choose him. Needless to say that wasn’t the first time in her life that she shocked us.

– Amy Hanrahan

Peanut had a very active and successful Agility career until she ruptured her right cranial cruciate ligament at thePeanut competing #1 10-23-15 early age of 5. The nail in the coffin was when she ruptured her left cranial cruciate ligament a year later. Luckily, she was able to transition to Rally Obedience and is the first Shar-Pei in America to earn a Rally Title.

Since Peanut’s first knee surgery, she had been swimming every other week to help keep her active. This seemed to do the trick until she hit about 12 1/2 years old. She was no longer her feisty self and was starting to become a grumpy old lady. She was even going after her siblings when they would try to play with her. When she had to start taking pain Peanut and his dog familymedication twice a day, her owners knew they had to do more.

During Peanut’s initial consultation, her mom told us that she is the hands-off type, especially with new people.  After her consultation, Dr. Amber came up with a program which including weekly laser, underwater treadmill, and therapeutic exercise. Unfortunately, at the time Peanut was not a candidate for Acupuncture, as it would require too many hands on her. Despite not liking new people, Peanut caught on to her job quick. She loved being able to work in the underwater treadmill and get treats for doing all of her exercises. Before long we were all good friends!

”For a dog that has had two Cranial Cruciate repairs on both her knees, Peanut is moving beautifully. It has been great to see her grow to trust us…..as long as we keep the treats coming.”

– Dr. Amber Ihrke

Peanut did excellent with her treatment plan and since graduating has been coming for a maintenance program of Peanut's Graduationbi-monthly underwater treadmill sessions.

“We are very grateful to have our Peanut back, and it is a blessing to be able to help her age as gracefully as possible with as little pain as possible.”

-Amy Hanrahan

She has also become so comfortable with us that we were able to add acupuncture to her regimen, which she does excellent with.

“Her spunkiness is what keeps her going. You would never look at Peanut and think that she is 14 years old.”

– Valerie Williams

One of the best parts is that she no longer needs pain medication and is currently only taking herbals.

“You always know what kind of day we are going to have with Peanut based on her attitude. The more attitude she has that day the better you know she is feeling.”

– Katie Neforos

Make a Difference

We always ask our POTM to choose an organization for IPC to promote during their “reign.” Peanut’s family has asked us to tell you about SharPei Savers:

The volunteers of Shar Pei Savers, Inc. are devoted to rescuing, rehabilitating, and re-homing Chinese Shar Pei dogs.