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January 2021 – Tazzy

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Tazzy’s story is what we like to call a classic foster-fail situation.  It all started in 2016 when Tazzy’s owner had a link sent to her by her sister with a cute little cattle dog that needed a foster home. Long story short, let’s just say that after only a few weeks Tazzy made herself a permanent resident in her new home. 

“It’ll only be two weeks.” Tazzy came tumbling into my world in the summer of 2016. My sister Katie, who works tirelessly at feral rescue, happened to see a nervous cattle dog on stray hold at CACC. Inspired by her love for her own cattle/border collie, she sent me a link to Tazzy with a sly and casual “maybe you could foster her for two weeks, and New Leash on Life rescue will pull her and save her. Just two weeks, otherwise she doesn’t have a chance.” I think you know where this is going.

Sarah, Tazzy’s Owner

Tazzy, short for Tasmanian Devil, made herself right at home during her very short time as a foster. Within only two hours, she jumped right on the bed and snuggled down for a nap. Little did Tazzy’s owner know that the next few weeks would be filled with canine flu and kennel cough. However, thanks to her sister’s help, she made a speedy recovery and Tazzy’s true personality really started to shine. What started out as a shy and quiet little cattle dog, became a true playful and rowdy Tasmanian Devil.

This new-found sassy personality that Tazzy found is so much fun and rowdy! She does struggle with a few behavioral issues, however. She would be pretty intense on leash with other dogs and reactive in some uncomfortable situations. With many months of training and the support from Tricia Lindquist at New Leash on Life (NLOL) and Rick Medina at Bark Avenue, Tazzy’s owner was able to help Tazzy work through a lot of her behavioral issues.

Tazzy began her story at Integrative Pet Care when her owner noticed a limp in her front legs, and struggled to keep her head up on walks. After her consultation at IPC, she was diagnosed with lumbar and cervical pain. Her first rehabilitation appointment was on August 6th, 2019.

Normally, she’d walk for 2 hours if I let her, but suddenly, she struggled to make it two blocks. It’s possible she’s always had pain, but like most stubborn cattle dogs, she’s stoic and hides it until it’s dire.

Sarah, Tazzy’s Owner

For most active dogs like Tazzy, this was not very uncommon for the crew at IPC to see. She now comes in once a week for a variety of treatments which include: therapeutic exercise, massage/manual therapy, laser therapy, and acupuncture. The IPC family loves her sassy and sweet attitude, as well as her dire love for cheese and Zukes Mini Naturals treats.

I love starting my mornings with Tazzy. We get to snuggle and side eye the world together! One of the highlights of our time together is definitely watching her roll around on the floor after acupuncture! And cheese…she LOVES cheese

Brooklyn, Therapist Assistant at IPC

The transformation has been magical: at one point, I was worried she’d never enjoy walks again and here she is, getting stronger by the day.

Sarah, Tazzy’s Owner

Tazzy has come so far from when I first started working with her. She was nervous about the laser/massage and not really sure about the exercises either. Now, she LOVES her massage and laser. It’s so cute how she will sleep through that part, but then jump up and is ready for her workouts as soon as ask, ” Are you read?”. She is such a joy to work with, and I am so happy to see that she is super happy with her sessions now. Way to go Tazzy!

Rika, Tazzy’s Rehabilitation Therapist

After almost a year and half of therapy at IPC, Tazzy has made dramatic progress. Her owner reports she now loves going on walks and constantly cattle cries for more walks and is back to her playful, rowdy self.

I had the good fortune of taking over Tazzy’s case and she has quickly become one of my very favorite patients. She slowly grew to tolerate acupuncture, but as a working breed, she just loves her therapeutic exercises! Acupuncture works exceptionally well for her spinal issues and we love that she celebrates how good she feels afterward by rolling around on the floor. We just adore her sassy, stubborn nature, appreciate her love for cheese, and are honored to have won her over!

Dr. Martin, Tazzy’s Veterinarian at IPC

Tazzy is tireless and notorious for rolling on anything: dirt, rocks, snow, grass, pavement. The words CAR, PARK and HUNGRY rile her up, and she’s never met a toy, food or tummy rub she didn’t like….

….She loves slumber parties with her Auntie Katie and car rides to Michigan where she sniffs endlessly. Her brown eyes can and will bore holes through you (many have said she “looks right through your soul”), and she’s definitely humbled me. Watching her take joy in something as simple as sneaking on my bed to snuggle in the pillows or rolling in the grass and sunning at the park is enough to make me happy.

Sarah, Tazzy’s Owner.

Tazzy brings so much joy to everyone’s day at IPC and love working with her. Our favorite things about her is that big old smile and endless party tricks whether that is rolling around after acupuncture or showing off during exercises. Tazzy and her owner are truly a joy to have as a patient and client and the entire IPC team loves them.

Each month we ask our POTM to select organizations for us to feature. This month, Tazzy’s owner asked us to feature a few organizations that have impacted Tazzy’s life: Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC), where they worked tirelessly to give dog’s like Tazzy a chance at a happy life, New Leash on Life (NLOL) where Tazzy’s owner shortly realized who actually adopted who, and finally, The Anti-Cruelty Society, for their dedication to not only provide animals training and learning opportunities but their humans as well. These three organizations have helped Tazzy and her owner in so many ways to make sure she is comfortable and taken care of when needed. Please learn more about them in the links below:

Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC): https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/cacc.html

New Leash on Life (NLOL): http://www.nlolchicago.org/

The Anti-Cruelty Society: https://anticruelty.org/

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January 2021- Tucker

4 weeks ago · · Comments Off on January 2021- Tucker · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month ·, , ,

 

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.

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December 2020 – Monte

2 months ago · · Comments Off on December 2020 – Monte · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , ,

Monté Au Beurre, or as we like to call him, Monte was adopted by his family in 2009 from Wrightway Rescue right here in Illinois. Other than being irresistibly adorable, he has a huge personality that steals the heart of just about every person who meets him.

Monte is quite the charmer, sneaking in kisses whenever possible. While he’s mostly a “people dog,” he’s also a very patient big brother to his little sister. 

Aislinn and Philip, Monte’s Owners

While Monte is busy giving lots of kisses and chowing down on some peanut butter, he likes to spend his time playing fetch at the park. One of his favorite places to go is Prairie Wolf dog Park where he can go exploring off leash in the fields, make new friends, and of course, get muddy!

It was a few years ago, Monte’s owners noticed he would show a limp after a long play session. Initially, they thought it was a simple muscle strain. At 10 years old at the time it was bound to happen, but they decided to get a vet’s opinion just to be safe. The limp continued. Luckily for Monte and his owners, a few friends of theirs recommended Integrative Pet Care to them for physical rehabilitation.

Monte is the happiest, sweetest boy and has a love for peanut butter and giving kisses that can barely be contained! He is king at sneaking in a lick whenever you get close. Despite his increasing weakness due to his Degenerative Myelopathy, he never seems frustrated or annoyed by his limitations and works so hard to do whatever is asked of him. He is a joy to work with and we all could learn a lot from his incredible enthusiasm for life.

Dr. Martin, Veterinarian at IPC

Monte’s first appointment was on June 6, 2019. After his initial exam, our very own Dr. Martin shared that Monte’s limp was most likely a symptom of Degenerative Myelopathy (DM). For those who are unaware, DM is a progressive neurological disease of the spinal chord usually in older dogs. Dogs who have this, usually begin showing loss of coordination (ataxia) in their hind limbs, and also knuckle or drag their feet and/or wobble when they walk.

 It was devastating to learn that the condition would worsen with time. However, the IPC team gave us hope that he can live a fulfilling life and extend the use of his legs through various exercises. Monte is delighted because the homework involves lots of motivational treats!

Aislinn and Philip, Monte’s Owners

With such an active dog like Monte it would be difficult for him to slow down and control his enthusiasm; however, luckily for him he would be getting plenty of exercise during his rehabilitation at IPC. For a dog with DM, the therapists try to focus their sessions with the goals to strengthen his muscles, proprioception (awareness of his body and leg placement), and most importantly his comfort level. To do this, his program consists of a combination of therapies, which include: Hydrotherapy, exercise, massage, laser, and acupuncture. Since the start of his program, Monte has also acquired a cart so walking and running can be easier for him as his DM progresses.

Monte just brightens my day every time he walks into the clinic! You just can’t help but smile as he attacks you with kisses. He is always a pleasure to work with and is loved clinic wide

Brooklyn, TA at IPC

Monte has been coming to IPC ever since for his appointments and he has just celebrated his 11th birthday in November 2020. Even though his mobility has decreased since his diagnosis, he is still his energetic, fun puppy self with the help of his Help Em Up Harness and cart. He is such a sweet dog and the IPC team loves working with him when he comes in. He definitely makes our day a little brighter!

He certainly misses being independent, but he still finds joy at the park while cruising around in his cart. We are so grateful for the entire IPC team for building a positive environment where Monte can thrive.”

Aislinn and Philip, Monte’s Owners

Each month we ask our POTM to select an organization for us to feature. This month, Monte’s owners asked us to feature two organizations that have impacted Monte’s life: Wrightway Rescue, where Monte was rescued from and Prairie Wolf Dog Park, where Monte and his siblings get to explore and roam free. These two organizations have helped Monte and his owners in so many ways to make sure he is comfortable and taken care of when needed. Please learn more about them in the links below:

Wrightway Rescue: https://wright-wayrescue.org/
Prairie Wolf Dog Park: https://www.lcfpd.org/photos/prairie-wolf/

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December 2020 – Eve

2 months ago · · Comments Off on December 2020 – Eve · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation

 

Eve

Eve was adopted as an adult from her breeder (Linincorgis) in Wisconsin. She was a singleton puppy hand-raised by her breeder and then did not develop the coat required for confirmation and breeding, so she was placed with her family when they inquired looking for a puppy, and they were happy to have her join our family as an adult!

Eve grew up bottle fed and then moved in to her forever home at 16 months of age. She did agility for a number of years until she developed a hip flexor/quad injury, after which she retired but did some nose work.  Over time she developed arthritis and now has degenerative myelopathy (DM), which is similar to ALS in humans. 

 

We first came to Integrative Pet Care to address problems Eve was having with her previous muscle injuries and arthritis. During her time in rehab from that, we began to notice subtle signs of DM where Eve would shuffle her feet. As the DM progressed, Eve began losing the ability to use her back legs.  Eve’s rehab has now shifted to addressing that.  

Integrative Pet Care has been instrumental in helping Eve initially come back from injury and now in helping her stay active and mobile while batting DM. Integrative Pet Care developed a home exercise program for Eve and assisted in obtaining her a wheelchair cart and fitting her for that. IPC also helped with prescribing Eve an Assisi loop and with fitting a Help Em Up Harness. 

Eve uses the underwater treadmill at Integrative Pet Care weekly to help her maintain strength and mobility. Underwater treadmill is highly recommended for dogs with DM and we are grateful to have the ability for Eve to use one with such great people helping her.         

Eve loves going to her appointments where she is pretty sure that she tricks everyone into giving her peanut butter and treats. We highly recommend Integrative Pet Care to anyone looking for rehab services! Eve can be found on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/CorgiEve

-Eve’s family


Eve is one of my favorite Corgis in all the world!  She first came to us with arthritis in her hips and responded well to her treatment.  As the years passed she developed a degenerative spinal cord disease and is now in a cart.  She continues to be so full of life even with all her challenges.  We love it when Eve comes to Integrative Pet Care!

Dr. Amber Ihrke, Eve’s IPC Veterinarian


Eve makes my day every time she rolls through the door! She has the best attitude and just loves everyone. She has not let her D.M slow her down in the slightest. There is nothing Eve will not do for some beef liver or peanut butter. I genuinely enjoy my sessions with her!

Katie, Eve’s IPC Therapist

We absolutely love working with Eve! She is by far one of the best corgis out there! Recently, degenerative myelopathy has been affecting her back legs more, but it hasn’t affected her spirit. She loves riding in her wagon and stopping everyone that passes by to say hi to them! Eve can’t get enough attention or treats it seems like, but that’s okay, we’re always happy to spoil her as we work with her to keep her as mobile as possible for as long as possible. She does great walking in the water, and I feel incredibly blessed to be a part of her rehab team! It’s always an exciting time of the week when Eve comes to see us!

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 Eve’s family has chosen Corgi Aid  https://corgiaid.org.  This is a NFP program that provides carts to rescue corgis or other corgis in need, along with assistance with foster care and medical bills for rescue corgis in need.  Eve’s cart will be donated to them when she no longer can use it. 

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November 2020 – Butter Bean

2 months ago · · Comments Off on November 2020 – Butter Bean · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month ·, , ,

Butter Bean, otherwise known as Bean, Buttas, The Bean Man, BB, etc., was adopted by his owner in April 2016 after her prior pup (an IPC alumni) named Sahara passed away in 2015. Bean was adopted from a rescue in the suburbs called Animal Rescue Foundation- Illinois (ARF). Before coming to ARF, he was rescued from a kill-shelter down in southern Indiana. 

Although it was love at first site for Butter Bean’s owner, it seemed like he did not feel the same way when they first met. No matter, Butter Bean’s owner took a chance and decided to bring him home anyway.

I have to admit, he wasn’t too excited to meet me – he seemed pretty happy with his foster family and all of their dogs.  However, we decided to give it a shot and he came home with me. While our first few days were sort of eventful (the first night we ended up at the emergency vet, and, later, the first walk we ever did, I locked us out of the house in freezing weather), we’ve settled into a great routine.

Belinda, Butter Bean’s Owner

Butter Bean first came to Integrative Pet care in August of 2019 when his primary care veterinarian noticed some issue with his patellas and recommended physical rehabilitation. It was later discovered by our very own Dr. Ridley that Butter Bean had some leg deformities, Grade III luxating patellas and some neurological issues. With that information, he was put on a program to focus on comfort and muscle strengthening (and help him lose some weight as well). He is currently receiving a combination of exercise, massage, and laser treatments once a week and an acupuncture treatment every other week. He used to do sessions in the hydro-treadmill to help with his strengthening, but prefers to do most of his exercises in the gym.

Seeing and working with Butter Bean is a high point of my week. His sassy disposition always brings a smile to my face!

Renee, Butter Bean’s therapist

Since then, he has been an IPC regular and one of the team’s fan favorites. He has recently been diagnosed with heart disease along with his limb and neurological issues; however, his comfort and strength has been improving thanks to the dedication of his owner and vet team.

Oh, dearest of Bean, lover of Cheerios. Your IPC team loves you so. You make us all giggle with your resting side-eye. You are impossible to not adore. Thank you for providing me with years of entertainment.

Dr. Ridley, Veterinarian at IPC
“The king of sassy side-eye!”

At now 11 years young, he is the such trooper through everything he has gone through. He will never pass up a treat (even if it only his special heart-healthy kibble treats) and has enough sass for anyone that comes around. He would never admit it, but he enjoys coming to for his sessions every week and the team absolutely loves having him.

What can I say about Butter Bean. First of all, he is just adorable. Second, I love his sassy, but sweet side. Sometimes, he will just come and sit as close to you as possible without actually laying on you. It is almost like a cuddle but in his own special way. He would never admit it, but I do think he loves us just as much as we love him. He is always so much fun to work with and brightens my day every time he is in. We love you, Butters!

Katie, TA at IPC of Chicago

Butter Bean has settled well in his new family over the past few years. He is such a sweet and shy guy, and always knows how to crack up everyone he meets. His owner says he loves a good belly rub and shows a little sly smile when he thinks he tricks his owner into giving him one. He is truly one of a kind!

He’s incredibly patient, putting up with me as well with a pair of new siblings (also rescues from ARF) who came into our home a couple of years ago.  The three “littles” as my brother and sister call them have really bonded, and I think they all enjoy one another’s company. Bean is the most stoic of all of them, and rarely causes any uproar in the house – he’s the calmest Chihuahua I’ve ever met.  I just love the little dude.

Belinda, Butter Bean’s Owner

Each month we ask our POTM to select an organization for us to feature. This month, Butter Bean’s owner asked us to feature two organizations that have impacted Butter Bean’s life: Animal Rescue Foundation of Illinois (A.R.F), where Bean and his two dog siblings were rescued from and Pets First Veterinary Clinic, where Bean has received his primary care treatment. These two organizations have helped Butter Bean and his owner in so many ways to make sure he is comfortable and taken care of when needed. Please learn more about them in the links below:

Animal Rescue Foundation of Illinois (A.R.F): https://www.arf-il.org/

Pets First Veterinary Clinic:
https://www.petsfirstchicago.com/

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October 2020 – Violet

4 months ago · · Comments Off on October 2020 – Violet · Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Uncategorized ·, ,

The Mooney family knew exactly what they were getting themselves into when they rescued Violet. She was a racing greyhound and Florida native in her early life. Luckily for the Mooney family, Violet was terrible at racing and retired early, which is how she ended up at REGAP (Retired Greyhounds as Pets) of Illinois.

Their first encounter with violet was not as common as most first-time meet and greets with dogs, but it didn’t deter them from falling in love with her. 

Our first meeting with Violet was uneventful and she didn’t even seem to like us that much. This aloofness was relatable and she became our dog. Her independence and aloofness wasn’t shyness, as we later realized that she is a sassy apple, a HBIC, and a very independent woman who wants to do things her way.  

Patrick, Violet’s Owner
Taken first week of being rescued!

For those of you that are unaware, greyhounds are notorious for small injuries. Luckily for Violet’s family, they knew from day one that this could be possible. Violet, of course is a tough lady and has only needed stitches one time, but has broken almost all of her nails and dislocated a few toes as well. Violet did not end up at IPC until she got older and her owners noticed her slowing down and scuffing her hind feet a lot as she walked. Soon after that Violet had a difficult time getting comfortable and began yelping. Her owner’s didn’t know what was causing it and got concerned.

They reached out to their pals at One Tail at a Time Rescue to see if they had any recommendations for Violet. They suggested IPC and later got confirmation from their vet that IPC was the place to go.

Violet is just the sweetest. She is so great and easy to work with. I have such a fun time working with her and she brightens my day every time I see her. How can you not love that face!

Rika, Violet’s Therapist

Violet’s first appointment at IPC was on August 3rd, 2019 and has been coming to her regular appointments since then. She was diagnosed with lumbarsacral disease, spondylosis, IVDD, and osteoarthritis. It seems like a lot, but she is still the happy, excited dog that she is. The team at IPC decided that she does a combination of therapies including: Underwater treadmill, exercise, laser, and massage. Although she loves all the therapies she gets, she seems to get the most excited when she gets into the gym.

Violet is a hoot! She’s fun and always a good time. She gets so excited just to come into the building. Sometimes even gets a little too excited that we have to calm her down so she doesn’t hurt herself. Haha.

Emma, Violet’s Therapist

“Violet did not read the book on being a greyhound. She is not remotely nervous and she knows how to sit! She is seriously the biggest social butterfly and she loves to lean on anyone who is nearby. She loves rehabilitation; she is so focused and attentive to what her therapists are asking her to do. We like to playfully joke that she always makes sure to be just slightly worse for my recheck exams so that she can keep coming to IPC forever. She is the best girl, incredibly smart, and we love her long snoot!”

Dr. Martin, Violet’s Vet at IPC
Fun Fact: Most Greyhounds we meet do not know how to sit. This is Violet’s special trick!

Violet has been an IPC regular since her first day and has been loving coming here ever since. Her owners are grateful to the IPC team and we love Violet’s fun and spunky spirit every time she walks through the doors. The team here is so proud of all her hard work and looks forward to working with her every time she comes in.

Sam and I would like to thank everyone at IPC, especially Rika, Emma & Dr. Martin, for taking such good care of her and keeping her back issues from getting worse! She’s going to be able to do her quick 45 second sprints forever now!

Patrick, Violet’s Owner

Each month we ask our POTM to select an organization for us to feature. This month, Violet’s owner asked us to feature two organizations that have impacted Violet’s life: REGAP of Illinois and One Tail at a Time Rescue. These two organizations have helped Violet and her owner in so many ways to make sure Violet is comfortable and taken care of when needed. Please learn more about them in the links below:

REGAP of Illinois: https://regapgreyhounds.org/

One Tail at a Time: https://www.onetail.org/

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October 2020- Lili

4 months ago · · Comments Off on October 2020- Lili · Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Uncategorized

Lili

Lili is a patient of Dr. Amber Ihrke and rehab nurse, Michelle, at IPC HG, referred by Dr. Finan at Finan Animal Hospital for a front limb lameness. Lili’s IPC therapy plan includes laser therapy, massage, therapeutic exercises, acupuncture, and chiropractic care. Lili’s parents knew that IPC was the right choice for Lili, because they had another dog, Buerle, who had been a rehab patient of ours in the past. Lili’s parents report that “Lili’s mobility and demeanor have greatly improved.” 


About Lili:

Our daughter Devyn begged us to get a dog. She was 10, played travel softball and we were frequently out of town so we didn’t feel it was a good idea.  She kept badgering us.   We decided to appease her and told her if she hit a home run, a legitimate out of the park home run (the odds at that time were not in Devyn’s favor, it was virtually impossible) we would get a dog.  On Mother’s Day, 2010, Devyn hit a legit out of the park home run …  we adopted Lili (age 2) on September 13, 2010    
Lili was gregarious, eager to please but needed a lot of work in the manners department.  We worked with MidAmerica Service Dogs who offered a training program for dogs outside of their service dog program.  Lili did so well she became a candidate for CGC.   

-Lili’s parents


Lili is the sweetest Collie. She came to us with a front limb lameness and we started Acupuncture, therapeutic exercises, and massage.  Her limping has improved and she really enjoys her massages.  We always look forward to our visits with Lili.

Dr. Ihrke, Lili’s IPC Veterinarian

We absolutely love working with Lili! She is one of the sweetest dogs out there and will usually do just about anything for her salmon treats, although she does like to be stubborn sometimes. Through massage, exercises, and occasionally laser therapy (in addition to the acupuncture and chiropractic work Dr. Amber does with her), her right front limb lameness improved, and we have helped keep her agile in her older years. It’s always a good day when Lili comes walking through the door!

Michelle, Lili’s Rehab Therapist

Each month we ask our POTM to select an organization for us to feature. This month, Lili‘s mom asked us to feature Collie Rescue of Greater Illinois. Please learn more about them on their website: http://www.collierescue.org/

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September 2020- Bazl

5 months ago · · Comments Off on September 2020- Bazl · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month

Bazl’s has been a rehab patient at IPC- Homer Glen since 2019. This special boy is treated primarily for bilateral elbow dysplasia, hindlimb weakness and suspected T3-L3 myelopathy. Bazl’s therapy plan includes acupuncture, hydrotherapy, massage, therapeutic exercise and laser. 

When Bazl was a puppy he was very rambunctious. He would jump into the air over and over, whenever he was excited. He wanted to play all of the time. He was so hard to keep busy that we decided to get him a brother by the time he was two years old. Bazl and Gus were best friends and would play a game in the yard where they would run across the whole yard straight at each other face to face and when they met, they would chase each other around the yard. Five years later, Max joined the other two. The three have been great friends and brothers ever since.  Bazl has always been a den dog! He loves to spend his days “hiding” in his “cozy cave” bed. When he was younger, he would jump on a newly made bed, take all the covers down and hide inside of them. Bazl also loved to swim. But of course he did, he’s a Lab! Bazl loves to snuggle and be petted. If you stop petting him, he will nudge you until you start again! Bazl’s favorite snack is peppers. 

A couple of years ago, Bazl really slowed down and was having trouble walking. We had tried medications and laser and he was still having trouble. His vet suggested physical therapy. So, I did the research and IPC came out on top.

IPC has improved and stabilized Bazl’s degenerative condition. They approached his issues on a “whole dog” basis rather than just looking at parts of him. Everyone at IPC has been extremely helpful and friendly!

Vicki and George, Bazl’s parents

Bazl has been our patient for one year and he is a favorite.  He came to us with a variety of neurologic and orthopedic issues and over the course of the year, we have been able to keep him independently mobile with a combination of acupuncture, therapeutic laser, underwater treadmill, and massage.  At 14 years old, he is a great example that no matter what age, patients benefit from rehabilitation and physical medicine.

Dr. Amber Ihrke, Bazl’s IPC Veterinarian

Bazl is such an amazingly sweet dog! It is such a joy to see and work with him! Even when he is acting stubborn or having a rough day walking from his elbow dysplasia and rear limb weakness, his tail is always wagging, and he is happy to see his friends. We love working with Bazl and helping to keep him comfortable and maintain his independent mobility for as long as we can. He is definitely a special dog that deserves this time in the spotlight!

Michelle, Bazl’s Rehab Therapist

We ask our reigning POTM each month to select an organization to highlight that is meaningful to them. Bazl’s parents asked us to share Semper K-9 with you- an organization dedicated to providing service canines to veterans. For more information about this organization- please visit their website: http://www.semperk9.org/about-us/mission/

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September 2020 – Liza

5 months ago · · Comments Off on September 2020 – Liza · Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Uncategorized ·, ,

Liza came into her owner’s life at only 8 weeks old and changed her life. From the moment she was brought home, she has been the sweetest girl with a ton of sass and comedy. Her owner says it was love at first sight and even 4 years later, that feeling has never changed. 

Liza came to me and healed my broken heart…

….. It is impossible to pick my favorite things about her – she is just perfect. She is more than a dog, there is something magical behind her eyes. Liza and love at first sight go hand in hand for everyone that meets her.

Jamie, Liza’s Owner

A few fun facts about Liza is that she is sucker for peanut butter and her favorite toy is a pink flying pig that she uses as a pacifier when she is extremely excited and during bed time. How much cuter can she get! 

Liza ended up a member of the IPC family when her owner picked her up from daycare one day and noticed she wasn’t walking with as much spunk as she usually did and in pain. Later that night she was having a hard time sleeping and her neck seemed to be stuck in an awkward and bizarre position. She also had a hard time moving her hind legs. Obviously, her owner became very concerned and Liza was taken to the ER that night where the vet suspected something called Intervertebral Disc Disease, or IVDD. This type of disease is also referred to as a ruptured or slipped disc and is actually very common in small and longer-bodied breeds, like French Bulldogs. Liza was put on a low amount of steroids and pain medications to help, but after a set back an MRI was done to reveal she in fact had IVDD.

Liza had her first appointment at IPC on August 6, 2019 and the IPC team has fallen in love her just like her owner did when she first met her. Since then, she has come twice a week to receive a variety of therapies; however, we found out quickly that she was not a fan of the underwater treadmill, so it was taken off of her program. Now, she sticks to more fun therapies, like acupuncture, exercise, massage, and laser.

Liza is always ready for a challenge and loves when I try to come up with new things for her to master.  She has gotten so strong I do believe her core is significantly better than mine! She’s a delightful girl and brightens my week each time she’s here.

Tami, Liza’s Therapist

 I cannot say enough about the team. Dr. Martin and Tami are incredible – just incredible. They not only have helped my sweet girl get better and help to manage her IVDD, but they make sure to take care of the human as well, 🙂  They are just both so kind.

Jamie, Liza’s Owner

Some of our favorite things about Liza is her incredible ability to be so sweet and so sassy at the same time. She knows her routine and loves it. She is sucker for peanut butter and is known to have the best style in the place with her fun and vibrant harnesses. Her vet, therapists, and owner have seen a dramatic improvement with Liza’s disc issues and plans to continue coming for her bi-weekly appointments. She absolutely loves coming to IPC and we love having her. Every appointment with her is such a blast and we always look forward to seeing her big personality every week.

Liza is such a lovely, social girl and everything she does is 100%. She is so easy for us all to bond with, especially given her ability to devote her entire focus to whomever is in front of her (though it doesn’t hurt if you have a peanut butter cup). She is lucky enough to have a caring, wonderful, sweet, and attentive owner who can pick out any changes and tell us immediately. I am so happy to have met them both and honored to be entrusted with Liza’s care.

Dr. Kelli Martin, Veterinarian at IPC

Liza always puts a smile on the IPC staff’s face!!!! I look forward to all my assists with her because I know I will get plenty of peanut butter kisses and love! She is for sure the peanut butter queen around here…and the queen in general.

Brooklyn, TA at IPC

Each month we ask our POTM to select an organization for us to feature. This month, Liza’s owner asked us to feature two organizations that have impacted Liza’s life: Blum Animal Hospital in Lakeview and Pooch Hotel in Lincoln Park. These two organizations have helped Liza and her owner in so many ways to make sure Liza is comfortable and taken care of when needed. Please learn more about them in the links below:

Blum Animal Hospital: https://vcahospitals.com/blum

Pooch Hotel: https://www.poochhotel.com/locations/illinois/chicago-lincoln-park/

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August 2020 – Dexter

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Dexter joined the Aufrecht family as a puppy about 8 years ago after their previous dog, another Golden Retriever named Spencer, passed away. He is a sweet and fun dog that can be a little shy and timid sometimes, but that is what his family loves about him. 

We knew we had to fill the void in our heart.  We looked at several Golden Retriever’s, but Dexter’s sad eyes drew us in.  From the moment we picked him up, we couldn’t put him back down. 

Susie, Dexter’s Owner

Some of Dexter’s favorite activities include chasing tennis balls and running around with his human siblings. A fun fact about Dexter that makes him pretty unique is that he is allergic to latex, which is not as commonly seen in dogs as it is seen in humans. Dexter has a little bit of a temper when it comes to certain dogs and people. He suffers from anxiety and can be very protective of his home and family. After hearing this, it came to quite a shock to the team at Integrative Pet Care when he came in and was the most affectionate and cuddly dog. 

I had worked with the owner’s previous dog, Spencer, in the past, so I wasn’t too sure what to expect from Dexter. He started off so shy, but after a few sessions he was like a brand new dog. All can say is that he loves to cuddle and can’t wait to get to work. He’ll drag me down the hall because he is so excited to see everyone and get started. He is so fun to work with!

Doris, Dexter’s Therapist

Dexter started his journey at IPC after his owner noticed him limping occasionally when he walked, usually after he has been laying down . His owner did not want to have to limit him with all the physical things he loves to do, so they took him to the vet where they suspected arthritis might be causing the limping. After about a year of on and off again limping, his vet recommended physical therapy to help with his lameness and discomfort. Luckily for Dexter, his owner knew just the place to go: IPC! 

“Dexter is the happiest, sweetest, most snuggly boy in the world! He was so shy when he first came to IPC, he would cower in the corner behind the chair with his head almost touching the ground in effort to hide from us. It sure didn’t take him long to come out of his shell and decide that we were his best friends! We quickly discovered that his favorite treat of choice is attention rather than food. He is often sprawled out in someone’s lap or jumping from person to person to get maximum attention. We love Dexter!”

Dr. Martin, Veterinarian at IPC

His owners had been a client at IPC before with their previous dog, Spencer. They were thrilled to be back and said it felt like a home-coming. After his initial consult, he was diagnosed with mild lameness, arthritis, and crepitus, as well as, overall muscle tension and some muscle atrophy mostly present in his shoulders. To help with all these things, he comes to IPC once a week for a combination of therapeutic exercise, massage therapy, laser therapy, hydrotherapy, and acupuncture, and he loves coming every week.

Dexter loves visiting his Integrative friends every week and his therapy has paid off.  Dexter’s limping used to be a daily occurrence and now we rarely see it.  Dexter is able to enjoy the activities he loves pain-free, thanks to the therapy he receives!

Susie, Dexter’s Owner

Dexter has been coming to IPC since January of 2020 and we have seen a huge improvement in his lameness and muscle tension. His family says they rarely see him limping anymore and plan to continue with his therapy program to ensure his lameness and discomfort stays away. The team at IPC love Dexter’s goofy and cuddly personality and are always thrilled to see him every week!

I love working with Dexter during his appointments. All he wants is to be as close to you as possible and most of the time will actually sit on top of you. I am convinced he thinks he is about the size of a Yorkie and can sit in your lap at all times. Of course we don’t mind though. The more snuggles the merrier!

Katie, Therapy Assistant

Each month we ask our POTM to select an organization for us to feature. This month, Dexter’s owner asked us to feature Rex’s Place in Evanston, a doggie daycare where Dexter visits multiple times a week. This organization has been very accommodating with Dexter’s latex allergy and ensuring he didn’t come in contact with any rubber objects while he was there. Please learn more about them at the link below:

https://www.rexsplace.com/

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