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Patient of the Month January 2021 Homer Glen

 

Tucker

Tucker joined his family in October 2005 when his mom, Stacy, was working at Midwest Animal Hospital.  Tucker and his siblings were brought into the hospital together and soon put up for adoption.

Tucker was about 8 weeks old when he was adopted. When he was around 3 years old, his parents opened their store in New Lenox, Tucker’s Doggie Delights. Tucker has gone to work there every day since. He has always loved being the greeter and making so many new friends.  

 When Tucker started to slow down and struggle with his mobility, he came to IPC for a rehabilitation consultation. Dr. Ihrke determined that Tucker has multi-joint osteoarthritis and prescribed hydrotherapy, massage, and therapeutic laser. 

For the past couple years Tucker has been having a harder time getting up and moving around. We had been doing supplements but it got to a point earlier this year that we were always having to help him get up. We were told by a couple friends about water therapy and heard good things about Integrative Pet Care. Tucker did well his first visit so we decided that this was a good fit for him and us.

Integrative Pet Care has been a lifesaver. Tucker has lost weight, he is walking better and sometimes even gets a little trot when he is excited. He has even been able to get up on his own at times. He has been through a lot this year but he still seems happy 😊

Tucker turned 15 in September and he still loves his walks and seeing all his friends at our store.  

-Tucker’s family


Tucker is one of our most senior patients and he is a joy.  The goals for Tucker were to improve his mobility and address any discomfort.  Over the course of his treatment plan, Tucker lost some of his extra weight, improved his mobility, and improved his endurance…all with a great attitude.  Tucker is a great example of a thriving senior patient.

Dr. Amber Ihrke, Eve’s IPC Veterinarian

It has been an absolute blessing to be able to work with Tucker. He may never be very excited to see us, but he always does his work without complaining or resisting, and it is that drive to keep going, even if he doesn’t enjoy it, that has allowed him to stay as mobile as he is. And for being one of our oldest patients currently, it is amazing to see. Tucker is a prime example that age is just a number and that a little intervention can go a long way!

Michelle, Eve’s IPC Therapist

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an organization to share that is close to their heart. This month Tucker’s family has chosen As Good as Gold Rescue.

As Good as Gold – Golden Retriever Rescue of Illinois is dedicated to the rescue, care and adoption of Golden Retrievers and golden mixes who are in need.  In addition, As Good as Gold educates Golden Retriever guardians and the general public about the importance of spaying/neutering, positive training methods, diet and exercise, appropriate medical treatment and humane care.