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Custom Veterinary Assistive Devices

3 weeks ago · · Comments Off on Custom Veterinary Assistive Devices · Uncategorized

The use of orthotic and prosthetic devices for animals is increasingly common in veterinary medicine as we see that mobility and quality of life for our pets go hand in hand. We are proud to partner with OrthoPets to provide our patients with quality, custom-made assistive devices.

There are a variety of conditions that may benefit from an assistive device including limb abnormalities, injury and post-operative support. No matter the condition of the patient, eligibility and prescription for an orthopedic device is determined by an IPC veterinarian.

 

Our initial comprehensive evaluation allows the veterinarian and therapist to have a thorough understanding of each patient’s condition, as well as the goals and limitations of the client.

Once a device is prescribed, a fiberglass impression of the affected limb is created. Photos, video and measurements are also taken to demonstrate how the animal moves and show all weight-bearing angles. The fiberglass impression and all information is then sent to OrthoPets for consultation. The device is fabricated by OrthoPets and shipped back to Integrative Pet Care.

The next step in the process is to fit the new device to the patient and help the family learn how to incorporate the device into day-to-day life.

“It’s important for owners to understand that these devices are often meant for the duration of the pet’s life and they will likely have to wear it all of the time,” says Dr. Zenoni.

Proper fitting of the device is assessed in the initial fitting appointment as well as subsequent appointments. If there are issues with the device in day-to-day wear, such as sores developing and skin irritation, or if the pet shows discomfort in wearing their device it is important to communicate this to the veterinarian right away.

“We need to be able to correct the problem as soon as possible so the brace isn’t causing any undue harm.”

Finally, a custom rehabilitation program is prescribed in conjunction with the orthotic or prosthetic device. “Rehab allows for the best chances of success with the brace, in that it helps the animal become acclimated to the device, helps with strengthening and facilitates healing,” Dr. Zenoni explains.

Contact us at Integrative Pet Care if you are interested in learning more about our options for custom assistive devices. We work in partnership with OrthoPets.

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Specially-Abled Pet Month!

3 months ago · · Comments Off on Specially-Abled Pet Month! · Rehabilitation

Taking on an animal with special needs is definitely a challenge, but it’s worth it to help improve the life of an animal! These pets usually need more attention at home, may require ongoing veterinary care and sometimes even need the help of assistive devices, such as carts, orthoses/prostheses or special harnesses. Pet owners often adjust their own lives to accommodate the needs of their companion. Erin Kowalski, one of IPC’s Animal Rehabilitation Therapists and founder of Bialy’s Wellness Foundation, has fostered many special-needs animals and has a special-needs dog of her own named Josh.

Josh was paralyzed as a puppy and has spent most of his life in a cart. By now, it’s just as much a part of him as any other part of his body and he moves in it with speed and ease! To accommodate Josh and his cart, Erin has made some changes to her home. Erin keeps carpeted tiles laid out over her hardwood floors in the main areas to provide traction and has Josh’s cart outfitted with bumpers so if he takes a tight turn, both the wall and the dog are protected. When not in his cart, Josh has his own room which is organized specifically for him.

“Organization is essential,” Erin explains. “His room is heavily padded so when he moves, the impact on his hind legs isn’t that intense. The drawers contain basic first aid, potty pads, diapers, extra blankets, and, most importantly, toys.”

While Erin doesn’t have to get up on cold winter mornings to take Josh out to potty, she is mindful of when she needs to express his bladder.

“Routine is very important when you have a specially-abled animal. Since Josh has trouble going on his own, I need to express him on a regular basis. If I don’t, he is at a higher risk for Urinary Tract Infection’s.”  She keeps Josh on a diet made up primarily of raw food and supplements to help maintain a firm stool. “It’s just an easier clean-up!”

The extra work and accommodations are well worth it.

 

“Everything I do for Josh, is repaid tenfold in the love and companionship he provides me.”

 

Learn more about Bialy’s Wellness Foundation!

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Custom Conditioning for the Canine Athlete

4 months ago · · Comments Off on Custom Conditioning for the Canine Athlete · Sports Medicine

Sports and Conditioning

The sports and conditioning program at Integrative Pet Care is for active dogs who are expected to perform at a competitive level. This includes dogs that participate in agility trials, flyball, dock diving, herding, rally obedience and athletic activities. The aim of this program is to achieve peak performance and reduce the risk of injury.

During a sports and conditioning evaluation, Dr. Deanne Zenoni looks for a number of different factors:

“It’s important to look for muscle imbalance, asymmetry, restrictions in movement and compensatory changes.”

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Hydrotherapy for Dogs

5 months ago · · Comments Off on Hydrotherapy for Dogs · Rehabilitation

Hydrotherapy can be a beneficial modality for treating a variety of conditions in dogs including mobility issues, recovery from surgery or injury, degenerative joint disease or arthritis and neurological conditions.

Abbey in hydrotherapy The buoyancy of the water reduces stress on the joints, so the patient can move more comfortably. Hydrotherapy sessions also help to build and maintain muscle mass, which is often compromised after surgery. Moving against the resistance of the water works the muscles efficiently and builds strength.

“The warm temperature helps warm up tissues thereby increasing range of motion,” explains Dr. Zenoni.

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3rd Annual Friendship Pet Pantry Food Drive Competition!

5 months ago · · Comments Off on 3rd Annual Friendship Pet Pantry Food Drive Competition! · Community

FoodDrive17We are VERY excited to announce our 3rd Annual Pet Food Drive Competition benefiting the Friendship Pet Pantry!

We are in friendly competition with Animal Medical Center of Chicago and North Center Animal Hospital  to see who can gather the most pet food by weight!

This drive is for an incredible cause, spearheaded by the wonderful people at Friendship Pet Pantry- whose mission it is to keep pets in their loving homes even when financial struggles hit. By providing much needed food to families in need, beloved cats and dogs can stay with their families where they belong.
This is such important work and we are very proud to be part of supporting the Friendship Pet Pantry. Will you help us?

You can make a monetary donation online and your donation will be used to purchase food for Friendship Pet Pantry:FriendPetFoodPantry Logo

www.youcaring.com/IPC17FoodDrive

Or order food to be shipped directly to us at IPC from our friends at Chewy!
(2520 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647) Free shipping over $49!

www.chewy.com

You can also drop off unopened and unexpired cat and dog food- cans and bags of any size at any of the following locations:

Integrative Pet Care (Chicago) 2520 W Armitage Ave, Chicago
Integrative Pet Care (Hanover Park) 1920 Ontarioville Rd, Hanover Park
Premier Veterinary Group (Chicago) 3927 W Belmont Ave, Chicago
Premier Veterinary Group (Grayslake) 1810 E Belvidere Rd, Grayslake
Premier Veterinary Group (Crestwood) 13715 S Cicero Ave, Crestwood

(Please note: Friendship Pet Pantry has indicated that they have a particular need for canned cat food)
Thank you for your continued support!

 

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Pet Massage Basics

6 months ago · · Comments Off on Pet Massage Basics ·

DachshundFloorJoin Erin Kowalski, CCRA, NCCMT at our Chicago clinic to learn safe and simple massage techniques for your pet. Pet massage has many benefits including stress reduction, improved circulation, strengthened bond, observation of changes in your pet’s body which may lead to early detection of new problems and pain relief.

Cost for 1 pet and 1 parent is $80, all proceeds go to Bialy’s Wellness Foundation. A reservation is required for this class and space is limited so please contact us to guarantee a spot.

(773) 269-2964 or info@integrativepetcare.com

 

 

Proceeds from this class benefit:

downloadProviding families and rescue organizations with special needs animals the equipment, medical care, rehabilitative therapy, training, resources and support necessary to optimize the quality of life of their wonderful animals. Our mission is only possible from the generosity of our supporters. Bialy’s Wellness Foundation’s goal is to provide assistance to our sponsored animals for life. Please consider making a donation so that we can continue to provide sponsorship to special needs animals.
www.bialyswellnessfoundation.org

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Pet Massage Basics

6 months ago · · Comments Off on Pet Massage Basics ·

DachshundFloorJoin Erin Kowalski, CCRA, NCCMT at our Chicago clinic to learn safe and simple massage techniques for your pet. Pet massage has many benefits including stress reduction, improved circulation, strengthened bond, observation of changes in your pet’s body which may lead to early detection of new problems and pain relief.

Cost for 1 pet and 1 parent is $80, all proceeds go to Bialy’s Wellness Foundation. A reservation is required for this class and space is limited so please contact us to guarantee a spot.

(773) 269-2964 or info@integrativepetcare.com

Proceeds from this class benefit:

downloadProviding families and rescue organizations with special needs animals the equipment, medical care, rehabilitative therapy, training, resources and support necessary to optimize the quality of life of their wonderful animals. Our mission is only possible from the generosity of our supporters. Bialy’s Wellness Foundation’s goal is to provide assistance to our sponsored animals for life. Please consider making a donation so that we can continue to provide sponsorship to special needs animals.
www.bialyswellnessfoundation.org

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Payment is required to secure your space in this class. We will contact you for payment or you can call us at (773) 269-2964.

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Pet Massage Basics

6 months ago · · Comments Off on Pet Massage Basics ·

DachshundFloorJoin Erin Kowalski, CCRA, NCCMT at our Chicago clinic to learn safe and simple massage techniques for your pet. Pet massage has many benefits including stress reduction, improved circulation, strengthened bond, observation of changes in your pet’s body which may lead to early detection of new problems and pain relief.

Cost for 1 pet and 1 parent is $80, all proceeds go to Bialy’s Wellness Foundation. A reservation is required for this class and space is limited so please contact us to guarantee a spot.

(773) 269-2964 or info@integrativepetcare.com

Proceeds from this class benefit:

downloadProviding families and rescue organizations with special needs animals the equipment, medical care, rehabilitative therapy, training, resources and support necessary to optimize the quality of life of their wonderful animals. Our mission is only possible from the generosity of our supporters. Bialy’s Wellness Foundation’s goal is to provide assistance to our sponsored animals for life. Please consider making a donation so that we can continue to provide sponsorship to special needs animals.
www.bialyswellnessfoundation.org

 

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Pet Massage Basics

6 months ago · · Comments Off on Pet Massage Basics ·

DachshundFloorJoin Erin Kowalski, CCRA, NCCMT at our Chicago clinic to learn safe and simple massage techniques for your pet. Pet massage has many benefits including stress reduction, improved circulation, strengthened bond, observation of changes in your pet’s body which may lead to early detection of new problems and pain relief.

Cost for 1 pet and 1 parent is $80, all proceeds go to Bialy’s Wellness Foundation. A reservation is required for this class and space is limited so please contact us to guarantee a spot.

(773) 269-2964 or info@integrativepetcare.com

 

 

Proceeds from this class benefit:

downloadProviding families and rescue organizations with special needs animals the equipment, medical care, rehabilitative therapy, training, resources and support necessary to optimize the quality of life of their wonderful animals. Our mission is only possible from the generosity of our supporters. Bialy’s Wellness Foundation’s goal is to provide assistance to our sponsored animals for life. Please consider making a donation so that we can continue to provide sponsorship to special needs animals.
www.bialyswellnessfoundation.org

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Pain and Arthritis in Cats

6 months ago · · Comments Off on Pain and Arthritis in Cats · Rehabilitation ·, , ,

20140417_142434-2The health and wellness of our feline friends is a top priority for loving cat owners. So as cats age it is important to be mindful that they are prone to the ailments and “slowing down” that come with it.
Arthritis, the inflammation of joints, is a common condition in older cats. As they age the smooth cartilage begins to wear down causing painful friction between the bones. Effected areas can include shoulders, hips, elbows and the spine. Cats carrying extra weight are especially prone to arthritis, as the additional weight places greater strain on their joints.

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