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Patient of the Month January 2017 Hanover Park




Ares was born in the Czech Republic on January 12, 2006 and was selected to come to the United States to be a police dog later that year.  Ares and his handler John were partnered up in early 2007 and to went through a six week training program at the Cook County Sheriff’s Training Facility.  Ares’ little brother Jake was adopted a year later and the two quickly became best friends!

After many years of hard work and service to the police department, Ares was having some occasional difficulties.  After visits to the vet and an MRI, it was determined that Ares has four herniated discs in his back and neck.  He was given some medication and was told to “take it easy”.  Ares, however, was not ready to take it easy, nor was he ready to retire from the police department.


John did not want to give up, so he sought out Integrative Pet Care’s Services last spring.  A specific therapy plan was designed in an effort to alleviate some of his pain and strengthen his back and neck.  Ares started a series of therapy sessions including chiropractic services, acupuncture, massage and underwater treadmill.

“My goal working with Ares is to provide pain relief with Laser Therapy and strengthening his hind limbs with Therapeutic Exercises and Underwater Treadmill so he can continue his police work.  Happy Birthday Ares! He will be 11 years old on January 12th” says therapist Anna Alberth, CVT, CCRA.  Ares LOVES his time at therapy and his handler has seen a definite improvement in the way that he is able to handle himself, both at work and at home!

“Ares has been coming to us for therapies since June of 2016 when he was diagnosed with compression and bulging discs in multiple areas of his spine. Through rehab, including home therapeutic exercises, underwater treadmill, laser therapy, chiropractic and acupuncture, he has been able to continue to work. It is such a pleasure working with Officer Fitzpatrick and Ares; their bond goes beyond a working relationship. Our goal is keeping Ares comfortable and doing what he loves most, working with his dad” explains Arlene Rodriguez, DVM, CCRT.


Ares is now enjoying his maintenance therapy sessions at Integrative Pet Care and continues to show NO desire to slow down or to retire. His handler John is thankful to everyone at IPC for giving him a better quality of life over the past year!  The IPC staff is proud to be able to help a dog who serves his community.  “It’s an honor to be able to help keep Ares active as a working dog.  He is such a ham away from the job and has really learned to enjoy his therapy days.  We are thrilled to know that he is more comfortable and that John has seen improvement in his gait after his sessions at IPC.  Thank you both for your service” says L2isa Starr, DVM, CCRP, CVA, CVSMT.

“Ares has really done great in his rehab with us. He and his owner are very dedicated to his therapeutic exercises and have been able to keep Ares healthy and doing what he loves most, working on the force. ” -Katie Sulzmann, CVMRT, ATC


Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. Ares has asked us to tell you about Wright-Way Rescue.


Its mission is to reduce the number of homeless pets euthanized in  the Midwest each year through an adoption program, community education, promotion of spaying and neutering, and a veterinary medicine program.  It continues to save pets from rural animal control facilities where they are at a high risk of euthanasia, and instead offer them a second chance at a loving home in the Chicagoland area.