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Patient of the Month June 2019 Chicago

Elmore

“Elmore came to us three years ago when we were looking for a puppy.  It was important for us to find one from a breeder who was part of the Newfoundland Club of America, did proper health testing on her dogs, and showed as well as participated in the Newfoundland events.  We were hoping that we could take part in these activities with Elmore, but unfortunately this was not in the cards for him. 

 Elmore always seemed slow to rise, lazy, never jumped on people or on furniture, and was never super active. I always felt something was off, so because of this we became patients at IPC to maintain and build his strength.

By the time he was 2 years old he had gone through rehabilitation following tightrope surgeries to repair both torn cranial cruciate ligaments (CCLs), as well as platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections.  After he was cleared by his surgeon we felt optimistic about his future.

However, days before Christmas, he was in the backyard running, and went down. He had ruptured his T13-L1 discs and was fully paralyzed in his back legs because of this. We were devastated and rushed him out to Veterinary Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove to see Dr. Mitch Robbins immediately.  An MRI revealed a type 3 intervertebral disc rupture at T13-L1 with no evidence of persistent compression of the spinal cord. The care Elmore received from the VSC team was phenomenal.

He did not undergo surgery as he had no compression of his spine. He was given a 75% chance to walk again within 3 weeks, otherwise he would not regain that function.  Our goal was clear, he would need IPC to help save his life. 

We had been going to IPC for several years with our other Newfoundland Cass ever since Dr. Robbins recommended it as the place to go for rehabilitation in the city. There was no other place we would go to for this type of work for our dog.  I have told people during this time that while you all are great at everything you do, I truly feel that your Neuro cases are your “bread and butter”.

Watching a giant breed who was once paralyzed in the rear now race over cavaletti poles and run around the gym, albeit somewhat “drunkenly”, is all the proof I need. IPC’s thorough program for Elmore, which consists of exercise, underwater treadmill, acupuncture, massage, laser, Adequan, NMES therapy and more, has been amazing. It was the exact combination needed. Throughout all of this, every single person from the front desk, to the therapists to the vets have been a part of a team dedicated to helping us and him. 

“I always look forward to finding and creating new challenges each time I work with Elmore.  He’s always ready to work hard and make us proud.  Big shout out to Ashley and Andrew- their commitment to his recovery has been truly inspiring!” -Elmore’s main therapist and biggest fan, Laura

Today Elmore likes to get up and go on his walks around the block, come home for breakfast, and then take a several hour nap.  After that he’s back out on walkies where he may bark at a few things and take some pictures for his instagram account, where he is quite popular.  He completes his day with dinner, more naps and of course visits to IPC where he goes roughly three times a week. Sometimes he gets to go out to different stores, parks and he LOVES car rides etc… But it is a bit more difficult now that he isn’t as mobile as he used to be.”  -Ashley, Elmore’s incredible mom

One thing I can tell other people going through this is to try to stay calm! It is so hard, don’t give up and don’t give up on your dog- some days you will want to, and that is ok.  Listen to the therapists at IPC and do the work at home, it is the only way they will keep getting better. 

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Elmore has asked us to tell you about Bialy’s Wellness Foundation.

Bialy’s Wellness Foundation helps families and rescue organizations care for pets with special needs, particularly those with mobility issues from paralysis, amputation, neurological or birth defects, and other diagnosed ailments.