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October 2020- Lili

2 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

3 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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August 2020 – Mylo

4 months ago · · Comments Off on August 2020 – Mylo · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month

Mylo fractured his left elbow and went through a critical surgery when he was 15 weeks old. Doctors put his leg into a sleeve which developed mobility issues in his left arm. We took him to Integrative Pet Care to help him regain his left arm mobility and movement through physiotherapy. Mylo’s hospital was VCA Aurora Animal Hospital, and Mylo’s doctor Dr. Steven Abel recommended us to go to Integrative Pet Care. Dr. Steven Abel is an excellent surgeon, and he worked with Dr. Amber during Mylo’s treatment.

We will forever be thankful to Dr. Amber, Katie, and everyone at Integrative Pet Care who contributed to Mylo’s recovery. Dr. Amber created a well-rounded and customized recovery plan for Mylo that greatly helped him to regain his left arm strength and movement. Katie worked hard and relentlessly, and we do not have enough words to thank her for her excellent work. Integrative Pet Care staff is very compassionate, accommodating, and caring and they took very good care of Mylo.

Today, when we see Mylo happily running and jumping around in our yard and go for long family walks, we feel glad that we found Integrative Pet Care. I highly recommend Integrative Pet Care to anyone who is dealing with a horrible trauma of pet accidents. We trust Integrative Pet Care and its staff for what they do the best. 

 


Mylo is the cutest miniature poodle you would ever want to meet!  He had some bad luck and broke his elbow, but with the dedication of his family and the hard work of Katie, he is now walking on his left front leg like a boss! – We are so proud of you Mylo.

Dr. Amber

Where do I start with Mylo? He is the cutest little guy with a very big attitude! Mylo did not trust anyone at the start of his program but by the end we were the best of friends. Mylo was such a joy to work with and I am so proud of all his hard work.

Katie, Mylo’s rehab therapist

We always ask our POTM if there is a special organization they’d like to promote. Mylo would like you to know about Best Friends Animal Society. You can learn more about them on their website: https://bestfriends.org/

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July 2020- Birdie

5 months ago · · Comments Off on July 2020- Birdie · Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Uncategorized

In golf, birdie is one short of par. Our Beloved Birdie, has three legs, one short of par. She has the coloring of a boxer, a light brown coat with a black face that has turned gray over the years. She weighs 60 lbs and has the half bent ears and the body of a German Shepherd. She is a sweet and gentle dog with some fear toward men in baseball caps, and the quick unpredictable movements of small children. She came to us because she was reactive to a toddler in her adoptive home. We took her “temporarily” in 2013 after she was moved around to a few foster homes. She is a valued member of our pack and a staunch guardian of her home and her human caregivers.

Birdie’s owner

Birdie was found as a stray in Danville, Illinois in December of 2008. While she was in the shelter in Danville, at her estimated age of 7 months, she fractured her left hind leg at the growth plate. The shelter decided amputation was indicated and authorized the surgery. Birdie has lived almost her entire life with three legs and has done quite well. In her prime, she learned to use her body to move with unbelievable speed and agility.

In 2019, Birdie injured her tail and a partial amputation became necessary despite many efforts to save her tail. Later that year, she strained her back chasing squirrels – a favorite past time. She recovered from the back strain, but later showed signs she was reluctant to move beyond eating, drinking, and going potty. Her regular vet recommended physical therapy to help improve her mobility. They identified IPC as an option because IPC was 10 minutes from home, and they knew she would need frequent therapy


Birdie responded almost immediately to the interventions including the Assisi loop, massage, laser therapy, acupuncture, and hydrotherapy. She continues to receive maintenance therapy and her quality of life has improved. She is a wonderful patient and loves her therapists, including Michelle, who has treated her most frequently. Our goal continues to be to keep her comfortable for the remaining years of her life.


Birdie is one of the best patients we have, by far! She came in initially for having more trouble getting around from compensating due to having 3 legs most of her life, but Birdie never let missing a leg stop her from living life to the fullest. After a few weeks of laser therapy, hydrotherapy, and massage, there was noticeable difference in her posture and behavior. Birdie started to play again and move around much better at home! She has been nothing but sweet, calm, and cooperative for all her appointments. I absolutely love working with her!  Birdie has a strong spirit, so I hope she will continue to keep going strong for years to come!

Michelle, Birdie’s Rehab Therapist

Birdie started her journey at Integrative Pet Care after her owner’s noticed that she was slowing down a little.  Birdie is a tri-pawd and has been for a majority of her life.  She was getting around, but her owner’s wanted a better quality of life for her and thought that she could make some progress with rehabilitation therapy.  When Birdie first started, she had poor posture due to compensation from walking on 3 legs.  This is common for 3 legged dogs because they just figure out the easiest way to get around.  After 8 weeks of therapy there was a noticeable change in her posture when standing, sitting and in down position.  She started to play more with the other pets in the house and her endurance improved.  Birdie has been a complete sweetheart for every session and gives it her all.  It has been a pleasure working with her and helping her to progress into a more comfortable and functional girl.

Birdie’s IPC Veterinarian

Each month we ask our Patient of the Month to select an organization that is special to them. This month we are promoting Bark from the Heart rescue on behalf of Birdie! Please check them out to learn more: http://thebarkershop.com/rescue/

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June 2020- Charlotte

6 months ago · · Comments Off on June 2020- Charlotte · Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Uncategorized

After losing her beloved 16 year old golden retriever 3 years ago, Charlotte’s mom decided the house was too quiet and went on a search for her best friend. Her search brought her to Paws of Tinley Park, where she found Charlotte who was 2 years old at the time. 3 years later, when Charlotte was diagnosed with cruciate disease, her mom looked for the best facility to treat her.

I wanted the best and after researching and touring other facilities, I toured IPC and they were very welcoming and very knowledgeable. They patiently answered all my questions and explained all procedures.

…between the wonderful care at IPC with Dr. Amber and staff and the loving care with Dr. Dave and staff from adjacent Colonial Manor Animal Hospital, I now have my healthy, happy, and active dog back!!

Sharon J, Charlotte’s mom

After bilateral TPLO surgeries, Colonial Manor Animal Hospital referred Charlotte to Dr. Amber for a comprehensive rehabilitation evaluation in January 2020.


Charlotte came to see Colonial Manor Animal Hospital about her bilateral cruciate disease and was hardly able to walk or stand.  We repaired both knees via a TPLO procedure and recommended rehabilitation. Despite her significant injuries, Charlotte is such a good-natured, loving, happy dog with a tremendous spirit.  She has formed a bond with everyone on our team and we are so proud of her success!

Dr. Dave, Colonial Manor Animal Hospital


Charlotte is 100+ pounds of dog love.  She came to us with cruciate injuries to both of her knees and she was having a very difficult time walking.  We recommended surgery and then aggressive rehabilitation to get her moving again.  After successful surgery on both her knees and a treatment plan that included the underwater treadmill, acupuncture, therapeutic laser, massage, and therapeutic exercises, Charlotte is doing better than ever and is a happy dog.

Dr. Amber, Integrative Pet Care of Homer Glen

Charlotte is hands down a staff favorite.  Everyone who knows her absolutely loves and adores her as she is a gentle giant.  My favorite thing about Charlotte was watching her blossom into the dog she truly was and was meant to be with each passing rehab session.  It was comical and entertaining to watch her personality come out gradually as she began to feel more comfortable and as her mobility improved.  Literally, one session she was one dog, then, the next session she was a completely different dog.  I witnessed her becoming more vocal, more stubborn as she is definitely a girl who knows what she wants, and more loveable always demanding pets and belly rubs.  It has been a joyful experience working with her and her very dedicated mom and to be part of her IPC rehab team.  There is no other dog quite like Charlotte.

Tiffany, Charlotte’s therapist


Charlotte is one of the most loveable dogs out there! She is always so happy to see us, and we love seeing her! It’s been a long road to recovery with having bilateral TPLO surgeries, but Charlotte has maintained a good spirit through it all! She stayed in the hospital with us for a while, so I got a lot of time to hang out with her while working on her laser and massage therapies and a lot of time to cuddle. Charlotte loves everyone she meets, and we are so proud of all the progress she has made and will continue to make! She definitely deserves this time in the spotlight!

Michelle, Charlotte’s therapist

Each month we ask our POTM to select an organization for us to feature. This month, Charlotte’s mom asked us to feature PAWS of Tinley Park, where Charlotte was rescued. Please learn more about them at the link below:

https://pawstinleypark.org

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May 2020- Scout

6 months ago · · Comments Off on May 2020- Scout · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Uncategorized

Meet our Patient of the Month, Scout! Scout was purchased from a pet store when she was 6 weeks old. According to her owners, she was always an active girl and that could run for miles and could walk for several hours a day without getting tired.

Scout first came to IPC on August 14th, 2019 with declined mobility, tight muscles in her lower back, and slight muscle atrophy. Her goals were to work on pain management and muscular strength. She was always a favorite to our staff and was known as a sassy girl that was dedicated to everything she did.

Scout was not only a beloved member of her wonderful family, she was and always will be the mascot and protector of her mom’s company- where she remains on their team page. You can read more about the amazing Scout at https://www.chengcohen.com/who-we-are/scout-cheng-cohen/

Although Scout has passed, we will always remember her as one of our most special patients, she and her family will remain in our hearts.

Although Scout has passed, we will always remember her as one of our most special patients, she and her family will remain in our hearts.


“When we first met Scout, she immediately sat in Emma’s lap and gave her little kisses. Her owner was surprised, as this was very out of character. I could already see how special her bond was going to be with everyone here at IPC, but especially Emma. Scout was one of those feisty old ladies who wanted so badly to boss everyone around and she often barked at the bigger, more rambunctious patients from across the gym. We admired her dedication and spirit to do so, even at 18 years old! We miss her sassy self so much.”

Dr. Kelli Martin

It’s hard to describe how special Scout is. Her strong and independent personality made working with her a joy. Scout loved massage (most of the time- as long as she didn’t have other plans for herself!), which was so fun for me and helped us form a strong bond. When we met Scout she had lost her hearing, so we found creative ways to communicate through hand signals and food (her favorite- beef liver!). She is incredibly special, there is just no other dog like her. I miss her and I’m grateful that we were able to have a very special last massage session together.

Emma, Scout’s Therapist

Each month we ask that our POTM share an organization that is close to their heart for us to promote. This month, Scout’s family has asked us to tell you how important Greenbay Animal Hospital was in giving Scout longevity and wonderful quality of life.

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May 2020 – Blitz

7 months ago · · Comments Off on May 2020 – Blitz · Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Uncategorized

Blitz

Baby Blitz!

I would often go to Happiness is Pets in Orland Park just to enjoy viewing all of the animals. I was wishing that I could someday bring home another dog for our older Boston Terrier, Rex. It was one day back in 2007 that another Boston terrier caught my eye. That was when I first met Blitz. I went several times and he just made me melt. He was so captivating. I would walk into the store every time and no matter where I was in the store, he was looking at me.  Those huge ears on his little three-pound body eventually won me over.  After several visits, I brought my husband Matt in and Blitz also won him over.  On February 11th, 2007, we brought him home.  He met his new brother Rex and we began our journey.  Blitz and Rex were buddies and inseparable until Rex passed in September 2014.  Blitz was lost, but he was our world.  

Super Blitz!

Blitz has always been the most loving, attention needing dog I have had.  He has always been loyal and the most comforting dog.  He has always got along with other dogs.  In fact, we would take him to PetSmart hotel or other boarding places when we would go out of town and when we picked him up he would be behind the service desk. The workers loved him so much that we let him hang out with them.  This happened often.  He has always been the life of any gathering and everyone is drawn to him.  His great personality and loving demeanor drew everyone to him.  If not, he would make sure that you knew he was there and demanded your attention. Blitz loves other animals, people, camping, hiking, and cuddling with anyone.  He is motivated by treats and our love. Unfortunately in late November 2018, Blitz was diagnosed with Inter-vertebral Disk Disease (IVDD). This disease happens when the cushioning discs between the vertebrae of the spinal cord and begin to break down or harden.  This takes away the cushioning which causes nerve damage and pain, hind leg dysfunction, weakness, and sensitivity to certain mobile activities.   

Why Integrative Pet Care?

We chose to bring Blitz to Integrative Pet Care after his diagnosis because of our research and wanted to try a different type of treatment.  They had great recommendations and reviews so we decided to give them a try.  Blitz has been there since November 2018.  We have done several different treatments such as acupuncture, massages, and aqua therapy.  Aqua therapy has been most suitable for his condition, but to motivate him there has to be an unlimited supply of liver and peanut butter.  Everyone at Integrative knows that he is treat-motivated and needy.  

Looking cute at IPC

How has Integrative Pet Care helped?

Currently, we are just maintaining Blitz’s mobility.  We have purchased a dog kart and several other kinds of support to help him.  The training of using these supports has been difficult but we’re sure he will come around, especially if we keep that liver treats around.  Integrative Pet Care has been very helpful, knowledgeable, kind, professional, and caring.   The staff has an obvious love for Blitz and all other animals that visit.  We are so thankful for everyone there and could not thank them enough for everything that they do.  They give us hope that Blitz will be able to continue his camping, hikes, music fests, and everything else he enjoys doing.  

Acupuncture at IPC-Homer Glen

Blitz is a great example of perseverance.  He came to us almost 16 months ago with some weakness in his hind limbs secondary to spinal cord disease.  Through treatment consisting of hydrotherapy, acupuncture, and exercises he was able to maintain independent mobility for nearly a year.  He is now in a cart, but continues to have a great joy for life and still loves his peanut butter more than anything!

Dr. Amber Ihrke

Blitz is one of my favorite boys. He is so much fun to work with even though he is such a stubborn little guy. He has had his ups and downs throughout his time with us but it has never brought his spirit down. As long as he has his peanut butter nothing bothers him. I look forward to seeing him and his big ole’ ears every time he comes in!

Katie, Animal Rehab Therapist

Make A Difference

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal-related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. The animal-related organization that Blitz would love to promote is Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue at https://midwestbtrescue.org/.

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Telemedicine at IPC Chicago

8 months ago · · Comments Off on Telemedicine at IPC Chicago · Uncategorized

The team at IPC is now offering telemedicine appointments!

IPC will continue providing curbside drop-off appointments for your pets. We are now also offering telemedicine appointments for both existing patients and for new patient evaluations starting Wednesday, April 1st.  

For existing patients, our therapists and doctors will be available via Zoom to discuss homecare, review home exercises and massage, observe gaiting, discuss ways to keep your pet engaged and help you determine if your pet has an issue that needs to be addressed at a hospital or clinic. Note: This is not intended to replace emergency care.

For new patients we are now offering a combination of telemedicine and hands-on evaluation of your pet. Prior to the consultation we will ask you to fill out a questionnaire and send in gaiting videos of your pet. The initial consultation starts with a 30-minute Zoom telemedicine appointment entirely from the comfort of your home. During this appointment an IPC veterinarian will review history, medications and therapy goals, as well as provide an analysis of the gaiting videos that were submitted.

Next, you will bring your pet to IPC for a scheduled in-clinic appointment. You will not be present for this appointment as we are currently providing curb-side drop-off services. In that appointment an IPC veterinarian and therapist will perform a physical exam, as well as a first therapy appointment appropriate for your pet.

We will then prescribe a treatment program for your pet that will lay out specific recommendations for rehab therapies, medications and any home care changes. 

If you are interested in scheduling a telemedicine appointment for your pet, please contact us first via email at infoipc@ethosvet.com and we will aid you with setting up Zoom, directing you to the right therapist/doctor, and scheduling an appointment time.  

Appointment Options:

Therapist Check-in           $65        15-30 min video check-in with your pet’s IPC therapist                    
DVM Check-in                   $85        15-30 min video check-in with your pet’s IPC veterinarian
Rehab Evaluation             $276      30 min video consultation with an IPC veterinarian followed by a
                                                          60 min in-clinic appt including physical exam and first therapy

Should your pet be in need of continued acupuncture services, but you’re unable to come into the clinic: Dr. Nathaniel Cook offers house-call options through Chicago Veterinary Geriatrics.

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March 2020 Dottie & Lacey

9 months ago · · Comments Off on March 2020 Dottie & Lacey · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation, Uncategorized

Dottie and Lacey

Lacey was a rescue, found at less than a year old by a Chicago Police Officer and brought to Bow Wow Rescue. She spent a few months with a foster family before her new family found her through rescueme.org.

Dottie is also a rescue. She was found in Oak Park as a stray and brought to Animal Care League. She was in the shelter for approximately 3 months and so stressed she had almost lost her bark by the time her family adopted her. But her bark came back strong after a week in her new home!

Both pups came to IPC to rehab a CCL injury and went through a treatment program that including hydrotherapy, therapeutic laser treatments, and Therapeutic Exercise.

(IPC) came highly recommended. I also appreciate the approach to heal them naturally. We all found everyone so helpful and friendly!
Lacey rebounded after her surgery quickly and continues to improve using her back leg all of the time. Dottie has come along nicely without resorting to surgery and is using her back leg most of the time.
Dottie and Lacey love coming to therapy. When I get to 159th and Parker in the left turn lane to U turn they lose it. Barking and whining they cannot wait to see their friends!

Patricia, Dottie & Lacey’s mom


Lacey is a sweetheart of a dog who, unfortunately, tore her cranial cruciate ligament. She had a successful TPLO surgery and came to see us for post-operative rehabilitation. Lacey had a treatment plan that consisted of therapeutic laser, hydrotherapy, and therapeutic exercises. She did fantastic with her recovery and we are really proud of her progress.  Way to go Lacey!

Dr. Amber Ihrke

Lacey and Dottie live in a 3 Jack Russell household with the third one called Belle. Mom brought all 3 of them in to IPC every time a visit was scheduled. It was always enjoyable to start the day with these 3 ladies as although they were all the same breed, they all had completely different personalities. Lacey was shy, nervous, and very much a “momma’s girl.” Dottie was the most energetic and enthusiastic of the 3. Belle was the only one of the 3 who didn’t come to us for rehabilitation, so we didn’t get to know her as well, but she was always friendly and up for getting pet or being given a treat.
I had the pleasure of working almost exclusively with Lacey who I became quite attached to and was always excited to work with. Although she never really seemed completely thrilled to be at IPC, our beef liver treats helped her come out of her shell and motivated her to work hard and achieve great heights while here.
She started rehabilitation after a left rear TPLO and received laser therapy, underwater treadmill, and therapeutic exercises. What was great about Lacey was that she was able to do more challenging things every time she came in for a visit. I was continuously noticing improvements and I was receiving positive reports about her progress at home. After her second TPPE, she graduated to a home exercise program after significant improvements in comfort, weight bearing, and muscle mass were noted. I miss working with her regularly, but I am very proud of her and hope she continues to improve and make strides at home. Way to go, Lacey!!

Tiffany, Animal Rehab Therapist

Dottie is a super sweet dog that happens to also be a ball full of energy. It was so funny to see how excited she was to see us compared to her sister, Lacey, when they would come in for their appointments. Dottie did not undergo surgery to repair a torn cruciate, but improved tremendously with rehab. It was always take a little while for her to calm down enough to sit still for her laser and massage session, but even when she was calmer, she was still rolling over on her back for belly rubs every time you called her a “good girl”. I’m proud of the improvements that she made and I know with the exercises the owner is doing at home, she will continue to do well. It was so much fun working with the terrier sisters!

Michelle, Animal Rehab Therapist

Make A Difference

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal-related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. Lacey and Dottie’s family has asked us to tell you about rescueme.org

www.rescueme.org

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March 2020- Dee

9 months ago · · Comments Off on March 2020- Dee · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Meet our March Patient Of The Month, Dee, who practically grew up in our clinic because her mom was an employee!  Since Dee was friendly and always around, she was often used to train new therapists and demonstrate new techniques.  As she got older, she unfortunately developed back and elbow issues, but they were successfully managed because of her regular therapy sessions which consisted of underwater treadmill, exercise, massage, and laser.

Last spring she decided to up the ante and injure her knee.  On examination, Dr. Martin suspected a partial CCL tear, so off to the surgeon she went.  Her surgery was postponed due to other health issues, so pre-hab therapies such as exercise, massage, laser and acupuncture were started to manage pain and strengthen her other limbs.  She eventually had a Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) in November 2019, performed by Dr. David Wilson at Blue Pearl Pet Hospital.

“Dee was always so patient with me when I started training at IPC.  She allowed me to practice my exercise and massage techniques and was always willing to give me lots of kisses!  It was an honor to treat her post TPLO surgery and I am so proud of how far she’s progressed since starting the program!  I am still seeing improvements with her and am excited to see how much stronger she gets; no more injuries though!” -Rika, Dee’s primary therapist

Massage, laser, Assisi Loop treatments, and lots and lots of icing were started immediately following surgery to reduce inflammation, swelling at the surgical site and manage her pain.  Due to her conformation, the repair angle was steep, so she was put on extra restriction- which she fortunately didn’t mind.

One month post-op, her team felt she ready to start active therapies to help regain muscle mass, so she progressed to underwater treadmill and therapeutic exercise. While Dee isn’t the biggest fan of the underwater treadmill, she can be bribed to stay up front with peanut butter. Three months later, Dee was given the clearance by Dr. Wilson to return to normal activity!  The collaboration and open communication between her surgeon and rehab team contributed greatly to her successful recovery.

“Dee is a treasure who was my first patient at IPC!  She has always been a bit of an overachiever when it comes to hurting herself, so she keeps us busy!  Dee never fails to make us laugh- we love her so much”  -Dr. Kelli Martin

Dee was as adopted as a puppy after her foster parents knew they couldn’t let her go.  Her daily life involves stalking her cat siblings, wuh-wuhing for food, cuddling and being the laziest pit bull around.  She recently started competing in Nosework competitions, which has helped keep her mind active while recovering. Dee can’t wait to go on pack walks in the spring and thanks to her therapy, she’ll be able to keep up with her buds!

“I am incredibly grateful for the amazing care Dee has received over the years as I was fortunate to have the best rehab team at my disposal.  I can’t imagine what her mobility would look like without them- they are simply the best!” -Liz

Make A Difference

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

Chicagoland Rescue Intervention and Support Program (“CRISP”) provides low or no-cost services to help Chicago pet owners keep their pets rather than surrendering them to the city shelter. If pets cannot be kept by their owners, then CRISP will network to help place them immediately with a rescue group or no-kill shelter to bypass the city shelter completely. 

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