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Patient of the Month January 2018 Homer Glen


Connor is a five year old German Shepherd who was diagnosed with bilateral hip dysplasia at nine months old.  At the suggestion of a surgeon, his mom Jennifer decided to try rehabilitation first due to his young age and high energy level.

Connor met with Dr. Amber Ihrke and Valerie who prescribed a rehabilitation program that included strengthening and pain management modalities.   Connor is not a big fan of strangers, so it took a little bit for him to trust his new rehabilitation team.  “Although he was not a huge fan of manual therapy in the beginning, Connor learned to tolerate it, which helped increase his hip and shoulder range of motion” says Valerie.

“When I started working with Connor we would take 5-10 minutes for him to get comfortable with me before we could start his sessions. Now, he and I are the best of friends! I look forward to his sessions as does he. He rarely has a bad day, but can recover quickly if he does. Connor is a big baby and I love working with him. He trusts that I only want to help him, and you can tell he enjoys his time in the clinic.” – Katie, Connor’s  therapist 

“Connor just celebrated his fifth birthday on December 17th. At this point he does not and may never need surgery on his hips. This alone is amazing. At nine months it was almost guaranteed that he would need surgery with in the first few years of life. He has had a few injuries over the years and each time Dr. Ihrke and Katie have never hesitated once to make sure he got the exact care he needed. He runs and plays with his pit pull sister with no problems or pain. He acts like he is still a silly puppy.”- Jennifer, Connor’s mom.

“Connor has become one of our regulars and we look forward to keeping him happy and moving well as the years continue.”  – Dr. Amber Ihrke




Make a difference!

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

Our Mission is to ensure that every animal is treated with the respect that they deserve; to educate our communities on the importance of spaying and neutering their pets; in order to solve the pet overpopulation problem; the humane treatment and care of all animals, and to help the many animals that are being put to death in our communities every day, due to no fault of their own.