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Patient of the Month October 2017 Hanover Park

Connor and Rookie

“Rookie was an active Dalmatian, who competed in Obedience, Rally, Agility, & Nose Work. He earned a   number of titles including CGC, CD, RE, NW1, NA, & NAJ.  Rookie has a partial tear in both ACL and was seeing Dr. Starr at a difference location and was doing well. Then last Oct., he was playing with his brother, (another

Dalmatian, Connor), on the bed and Rookie fell off and hurt his back and was unable to walk.  So of course we knew who to go to.  Dr. Starr was now at the Hanover Park Integrative Pet Care and recommended rehab, which included; Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Therapeutic Laser and Exercises, Massage, Electrical Stimulation, and Hydrotherapy – Underwater Treadmill. The staff look forward to see

what Collar Rookie would have, this visit.

So as we are progressing with Rookie treatment, our other Dalmatian Connor, who is 14 and also very action, hurt his back.  Connor has earned 35 difference titles from Obedience, Rally, Agility, & Nose Work. Connor is one of

twenty plus Dalmatians to earn a UDX tittle in AKC Obedience.

This year in Feb. Connor hurt his back and was unable to stand or walk on his own.  We took him to our regally vet

and was told that he had a collapsed disc in his back.  So we took him to see Dr. Starr.  She recommended a similar treatment plan for Connor.  After a few weeks, Connor was able to stand and walk with a little help.

Both Rookie and Connor are continuing with the treatment plan and are doing well and are able to train and complete in Nose Work.”

-Kim & Peter Young, Rookie & Connor’s parents

“The Youngs are incredibly dedicated and loving owners of their Dalmatian boys.  We are always delighted to see them as well as what collar Rookie will be wearing from his extensive “wardrobe” since it changes each visit!

At 12 years old, Rookie had been doing very well with periodic chiropractic care, acupuncture, laser, and strengthening exercises to manage his partial cranial cruciate ligament tears. He would often run around the farm at home and find mischief, even landing on top of the dining room table on occasion!  It was quite upsetting when he injured his back, but the owner had been pleased with Rookie’s response to rehabilitation and wanted to continue treating him conservatively.  Just as Rookie started to show improvement, Connor suffered a similar injury.  Faced with the daunting prospect to have two dogs requiring assistance to ambulate, the Youngs took it in stride and immediately said Connor would get the same care Rookie had. We decided Connor must have been jealous of all of the car rides Rookie was getting and wanted to see where he was going!

We feel lucky to be part of such an impressive team.  Mr. and Mrs. Young have nursed their boys back to health through hard work with outpatient visits twice a week and daily exercises and nursing care at home.  We strive to provide our patients with a better quality of life than what they have when they have when they come to us with an injury.  As such, it is so rewarding to see both dogs walking more on their own and competing in nose work again.”

– Dr. Lisa Starr, DVM, CCRP, CVA, CVSMT

“I have the pleasure of seeing both Connor and Rookie each week. They work hard in the underwater treadmill gaining strength and endurance. Connor knows where to put his feet so he does not have to move them. I think he confers with his little brother when mom and dad are not around, passing on tips he has developed over months of therapy. They have both benefited greatly from all of their therapies and have been able to return to competing in nose work”

– Susan Trchka PT, CCRT

Make a Difference

Rookie and Connor have asked us to tell you about Save our Spots Dalmation Rescue! To make a donation or find out more about Save Our Spots please contact them at:

Save Our Spots Dalmatian Rescue
8226 N 67th St
Brown Deer, WI 53223
Email: sosdalrescue@earthlink.net
(414)365-2679