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June 2016 Baxter

2 years ago · · Comments Off on June 2016 Baxter · Homer Glen's Patient of the Month

Peete, Baxter #6 POTM June 2016Baxter

Baxter is a blue tick beagle hound who was born on August 31, 2004. We have had him since he was 9 weeks old. He is my first dog and our baby. We cannot remember what life was like before him as he has been with us for half of the 21 years that we have been married.Peete, Baxter #1 POTM June 2016
When Baxter was 6 he developed IVDD in his neck. It was a very trying time for us as it happened suddenly and he was on multiple powerful medications for over 3 weeks. We were hoping that crate rest would have helped him but the pain became unbearable for him. In addition I (Sharon) was out of work for over 17 months and we worried that the expensive surgery to fix his disc would not be affordable for us and we would have to put him down. God was good to us and provided a specialist, Dr. Zachary Niman who operated on Baxter and saved his life. With a lot of love and kisses he survived and taught us the power of unshakable faith which he has in Jerome and I.

I never saw a dog fight through pain like he did and needless to say it is one of the reasons that I think he brings so much joy to those who know him.

In November of 2015 while playing hide and go seek with me Baxter injured his CCL. He did it in an instant and due to the fact that he is 11 we were worried about going through another tough surgery. A few years after the IVDD he had a minor relapse which he worked through and also had been diagnosed with early stage mitral valve disease of which he shows no symptoms. So after hearing this bad news from the vet who had just operated on him yet again to remove a large lipoma, we decided to look into rehabilitation. That is when we were blessed to find Integrative Pet Care of Homer Glen.Peete, Baxter #5 POTM June 2016

Words cannot express how we feel about the staff and how they have wrapped their arms around us and Baxter. From day one they treated us as family.

Peete, Baxter #7 POTM June 2016Baxter has gone through 2 cycles of treatment. When he first went to them he had trouble walking and his body had become severely misaligned since he was not putting pressure on his left back leg where the tear was. Through weekly sessions of acupuncture, manual manipulation, treadmill and hydrotherapy we watched Baxter get better in front of our eyes. Dr. Amber suggested natural supplements to strengthen his legs and body while he was undergoing treatment. Baxter realized he was getting better and soon started to look forward to his weekly visits. It is an investment in time that you have to be willing to make, but the results are well worth it.

During his second cycle we ordered a custom made leg brace from OrthoPets for him. The team at IntegrativePeete, Baxter #8 POTM June 2016 Pet Care helped us with the measurements and fitting. Then once he got it they helped him learn how to use it. The treatments were so good until Baxter was walking very well by the time we got the brace; his limb was still a bit unstable. After weeks of the brace with the treatment plan, we need to now keep him on a leash because he walks better now than when he was young. He is enjoying his walks with Jerome and seeing his friends in our neighborhood and they asked about him when he was not able to get around. Before you take your baby for surgery for any limb issue I strongly suggest that you reach out to the team at Integrative Pet Care for a consultation. Our babies are worth it and it is by far
the best decision that we ever made.
Peete, Baxter #2 POTM June 2016Baxter will be 12 this year and we feel so blessed that he is still with us and doing so well. His presence is proof that God grants us the gifts of faith, strength, and courage even in our pets. Dogs in particular depend on their owners to love and protect them when they are sick. No matter how Baxter is feeling he looks to Jerome and I to be there for him and he has enough faith to count on us finding help for him. How blessed we have been to have him in our lives and I am sure that when he leaves us for a little while I will hear that beautiful bay someday and know that where we will be going will be heaven since that is where he will be.

Baxter is a Beagle that came to us with cranial cruciate disease of his left knee and was not a surgical candidate. He was fitted for a custom stifle orthotic and worked hard in his rehabilitation to get his mobility back. Baxter has a one-of-a-kind personality and is always keeping us entertained with his antics! He is great fun to work with and is a joy for Jerome and Sharon.
– Dr. Amber Ihrke, DVM, CCRT, CVA, CVSMT

Baxter is such a happy pup that came to us with a torn cruciate. He was having difficulty getting around and could not be his happy-go-lucky self.

We fitted Baxter with a stifle orthosis to help stabilize his knee and allow him to put more weight on his leg. Baxter participated in underwater treadmill and therapeutic exercises to help him get used to wearing his brace. It took him a little while, but now Baxter runs around all over with his stifle brace. I love watching Baxter come to therapy, always with a smile on his face. He now can enjoy life like he wants to and he does so in style with his camouflage brace. Through the use of the orthotic device, Baxter is able to live a long and happy life.
– Valerie Williams, PT, DPT, ATRIC, CCRP

Make a Difference!

This month POTM Baxter has chosen to tell you about The Caspian Foundation.

We work to help pets that need carts, orthotics, and/or prosthetic devices in order to live an independent and full life.
We also accept donations in the form of gently used carts, orthotic devices, TENS/NMES units, or other therapy
equipment.

Please consider making a donation!

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May 2016 Laney

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Laney #10 Laney

“We rescued Laney when she was 5 months old, we got her because we were looking for a companion for our 8 month old Rottweiler Chance, wanted them to grow old together. Unfortunately, life happened and our beloved Chance was diagnosed with bone cancer at only 6 years old.  I only share this story because that was Laney’s best friend.  Laney went into a depression after that in fact we were afraid we might lose her to dying from a broken heart. I started taking her places with me- car rides to work with me, puppy parks, and endless walks and of course her favorite thing is our in-ground pool.  Just add a Frisbee and her day is Laney #12complete. Laney had a close call with cancer in 2013, we found a tiny lump on her hind quarter. I immediately took her to her vet and had it aspirated. It came back stage 2 mast cell. Surgery was scheduled within 2 days and, happy to say, surgery was a success- they got it all and clean Laney #11margins. That same year she started limping.

Since her vet could not diagnose it again, I took her to the U of I, where she was diagnosed with an overstretched tendon. Surgery would not have helped so I got her into the Chicago Medical Therapy in Worth. She was in therapy for almost 2 years and in those 2 years I found a few more lumps on her I took her immediately to the U of I because of her past issue with cancer. They suggested surgery ASAP, thankfully they came back benign. So Laney has had some health issues, however, you would not know it.

She is the sweetest dog I have ever known. She has manners…LANEY was involved in puppy training plus agility for 3 years with her BFF Chance, Laney retrieves ANYTHING!  SHE ONCE BROUGHT ME A BOTTLE CAP!  She has been through a lot of things in her life, good and bad but she has always made me smile and laugh.

Her injury occurred the weekend of labor day weekend last year; once again with U of I and diagnosed her with a torn tendon and told me they felt she also had Cushing’s disease which they WOULD NOT DO SURGERY if that was the case. Unfortunately, she does have Cushing’s that explains a lot of her medical problems; they told me at the U of I to get her into therapy.   However, when I called the place she went to some years ago for the overstretched tendon the vet left me a message stating he didn’t feel he could help her.Laney 4-22-16

I was blessed to find you guys. Day one we had a plan in place. When her orthotics came in we had the first fitting and off she went.

She was just so happy to be able to walk like a normal dog again.  When her Magic boots are put on her she gets so excited she barks and smiles ear to ear.

She works hard at her therapy and even though Laney will be 10 this June 2nd you wouldn’t know it when she has her Magic Legs on.  She is a different dog today than when we first met with Dr Amber 3 months ago.

The decision was easy for me, let her spend her senior years just lying around and die, or be aggressive and get her back to living again! Laney has been with me through her puppy years, her teenage years, and now I am here for her in her senior years, I wouldn’t have it any other way, I am looking forward to many more years with this special girl of mine.  Thank you for picking Laney for Patient of the Month! She well deserves it!”

 

Laney had injuries to both her Achilles Tendons that made mobility difficult, however with the help of her orthotics and rehabilitation therapy, she is now enjoying daily walks with her owner! Laney is a great success story of the power of orthotics to enhance life quality.”

-Dr. Amber Ihrke DVM, CCRT, CVA, CVSMT

 

“Laney is a walking advertisement as to how orthotic devices can change not only the mobility but overall life of a dog. Laney could not walk on her toes like a “normal” dog because of injuries to the tendons in her legs. I could see it in her eyes she had the will to move but didn’t Laney Dabbs-Griffinhave the way. We discussed at her initial evaluation the use of orthotic devices on her rear limbs to give her the support and stability in order for her to walk “normally” again. Laney’s owner was 100% committed to helping Laney regain her mobility, so we decided to have OrthoPets in Broomfield, Colorado, custom make orthotic devices for her.

While we awaited Laney’s devices, she continued with therapy using the underwater treadmill to swim. We needed her to increase her endurance and lose weight so when she received her devices she could walk in them for more than five minutes without fatiguing.

I shall never forget the day Laney wore her devices for the first time.  I put them on her, with assistance she stood up and then walked for the first time like a “normal” dog. It reminded me of how I felt when my sons took their first steps as toddlers.  I was scared they were going to fall but overjoyed they finally walked on their own. This was exactly how I felt about Laney. It was an amazing feeling being able to help give her the ability to walk again without requiring any help.

Now, Laney is walking two to three times a day for twenty minutes each compared to only walking for five minutes before having her “magic boots” as her owner calls them. Laney has learned how to sit and stand with her devices without any assistance. She walks over thresholds, rocks, grass or any other obstacle in her way without losing her balance. Laney continues to have therapy with her devices to strengthen her legs and increase her endurance but she is well on her way to returning to her previous active lifestyle.

Laney now has the will AND the way with her orthotic devices!  (Thank you OrthoPets!)”

-Valerie Williams, PT, DPT, ATRIC, CCRP

Make a Difference!

logoEach month we ask our POTM to choose a group they’d like us to tell you about. This month Laney has chosen Kodi’s Club Rescue. Learn more about them here and consider making a donation!

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May 2016 Maggie

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“The short story about Mag…Maggie is a Labrador retriever that comes from a long line of Field Trial and Hunt test lines. I got her to have a good dog to learn the sport and to occasionally hunt with. When Maggie was a little over 1 IMG_3756ayear old she had already earned an HRC Started title and a Canine Good Citizen obedience certificate. One day while training out in the field while Maggie was about 1 1/2 years old, Maggie was sent on a retrieve for a training dummy. When she returned from the retrieve we noticed that her rear right leg was bleeding badly. Something sharp in the field had cut her. We used a first aid kit in the field and rushed her to the emergency vet in St. Charles. The cut was deep had severed some of the tendons in her leg and it required emergency surgery to repair the damage. She was then followed up by our regular vet and Maggie was done in the field for now until she recovered from the surgery. At the time I didn’t know if Maggie would end up with future problems from her injury that could possibly make her hunt test training limited or even over with.Maggie #4

We started light walks when our vet let us and used the time by attending obedience classes to keep her as active as possible while she still couldn’t run in the field. During that time I still belonged to my retriever clubs and helped out at hunt tests. At the tests sometimes Mag agility trainingthere are raffle tables with donated prizes to help raise money for the clubs. It was at one of those tests I saw that one of the raffle prizes donated was a free evaluation at Integrative Pet Care, donated by Dr. Rosemary LoGiudice, a club member and proud owner of her own hunting dog, Otter. This seemed like a perfect opportunity for Maggie to see if we should be doing more to help her recover from her injury. I put all my tickets on the evaluation prize and we won.

We set up an appointment and Dr. LoGiudice took over from there.Maggie

After looking Maggie over we set up regular appointments for exercise, laser treatments and sometime in the underwater treadmill to help build her back up and heal better.

After a while Maggie was eased back into field work. She is now 5 years old and has added an HRC Hunting Retriever Champion (HRCH) title with the help of a professional trainer and an AKC’s CD obedience title and UKC’s UCD obedience title.

Maggie is fully healed and continues to train in the field and is still active in hunt tests and hunting. Hopefully she will still add a few more titles to her name.

She is very high drive dog and works very hard and loves every minute of it. I really enjoy working with her every time out. She is just a fun dog to spend time in the field with. I am always thankful for the help from Dr. LoGiudice and Integrative Pet Care of Hanover Park during Maggie’s recovery especially when I get to watch Maggie run in the fields doing what she loves to do.”

Thanks   – Bob Cain

“Maggie had experienced a potentially activity-limiting injury when she was just a young dog. Her severed tendon was surgically repaired and physical rehabilitation was started at a great time during early healing.

She and her owner are great examples of teamwork, in ensuring that Maggie received fantastic rehabilitation therapy at home, in addition to the therapies we did with Maggie at Integrative Pet Care Maggie #3Hanover Park.

Her surgery was well done, but without rehabilitation therapy, there is a high probability of scar tissue formation and decreased range of motion of the affected leg if this kind of injury is allowed to heal without specific therapies. Maggie #2This could have prevented Maggie from being able to participate in retrieving activities or even walking normally. To watch Maggie run now, about 5 years after her injury, you’d never know she was ever injured. She is fun to watch and was even more fun as a patient!”

– Dr. Rosemary J. LoGiudice DVM, DACVSMR, CCRT, CVA, CVSMT

 

Make a Difference!

09e505_2e72ee2ff59b47a8b7db7813295b32e2Each month we ask our POTM to choose an organization that they’d like promoted during their “reign.” Maggie has chosen the Anderson Animal Shelter. Please consider making a donation to them this month!

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Pet Massage Basics

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DachshundFloorJoin Doris Martinkus, CCRA, CCMT and Erin Kowalski, 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 $85 (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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April 2016 Hobbes

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“Hobbes joined our family when he was approximately 4 months old and just melted the whole family’s hearts. He is originally from Chicago Animal Care and Control. Hobbes had a rough start as a puppy, being very scared of such a big world. He was not the most social butterfly to others, but he is towards his family. Hobbes enjoys going swimming in a nearby Lake Bode and going for long walks.
At 8 years old Hobbes was diagnosed with a cruciate tear in his right rear leg. He had a surgery called Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy, also known as TPLO in October of 2015 by Dr. Bernard Paré at the Hanover Park Animal Care Center. After recovering from the surgery we began therapies at Integrative Pet Care of Hanover Park. Hobbes initially was seen by Dr. LoGiudice and we started therapies coming one to two times a week, but now he is currently on a maintenance program of Underwater Treadmill weekly, Laser Therapy every other IMAG0224week and periodic Chiropractic adjustments.
Starting off, Hobbes was very nervous and seemed unsure of his surroundings, but after going one to two times a week for therapies he became much more comfortable with everyone.

I believe he now looks forward to his Saturday therapies with Anna and any other days with Katie, Dr. LoGiudice, Dr. Starr and Dr. Rodriguez. I truly appreciate everyone’s patience with him before he became so comfortable and with helping get him back on his feet and on the road to recovery. ”

Thanks again!!
– Shannon Patton

“It has been such a pleasure working with Shannon and Hobbes. His mobility, weight bearing, and muscle mass have been steadily improving with physical rehabilitation since his TPLO surgery. As an additional bonus, it has been such a joy watching his confidence grow and seeing how happy he is coming to visit us for his sessions. “IMAG0575
– Lisa Starr DVM, CCRP, CVA, CVSMT

 

“Hobbes is a great example of a “lucky dog”. Lucky to have been rescued to and from Chicago Animal Care & Control and adopted by his “mom” Shannon. Her patience and love gave them that wonderful “human-animal bond”. Hobbes obviously trusts Shannon and is a dream patient. He is a great example of how important an integrated rehabilitation program can be to ensure the best outcome of a successful orthopedic surgery. Thank you, Shannon, for entrusting Hobbes’ post-op rehabilitation to us at IPC Hanover Park!”
– Rosemary J. LoGiudice DVM, DACVSMR, CCRT, CVA, CVSMT

 

“Hobbes began his Rehab journey in November. In the beginning he was very shy around new people. His confidence slowly grew over time with the help of his mom Shannon by his side and a little bit of Peanut butter! Hobbes is a wonderful boy to work with! He has made great progress over the past few months. Keep up the good work Shannon and Hobbes!”
– Anna Alberth CVT, CCRA

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“I Love working with him. Hobbes has been looking more and more confident each time he comes. He has been showing a lot of determination in his therapies to get back to his regular self and to get back to playing with his little sister. Keep it up Hobbes!”
– Katie Sulzmann CVMRT, ATC

 

“Hobbes has done so well with his rehabilitation program and has progressed so well after his CCL surgery”
– Dr. Arlene Rodriguez DVM, CCRT

Make a Difference!

Each month we ask our Patient of the Month to choose an organization that they’d like to promote during their “reign.” This month Hobbes has asked us to tell you about Second City Canine Rescue.

Second City Canine Rescue’s mission is to rescue homeless animals and responsibly place them into permanent, loving homes. We believe in rescuing responsibly.℠

Learn more about Second City Canine Rescue at their website, www.secondcitycaninerescue.org

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April 2016 Heinz

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Heinz was raised on a farm, he had High hopes of moving to the big city. His parent saw his constant desire to leave the farm and sent him to live with Midwest dachshund Rescue. Heinz met his future family at the Cross-Town-Bark-Around Doxie party in 2014. Two weeks later, he met his roommate Marley and they both moved to their furever home in Burbank, IL. Last Christmas, Heinz and Marley let a third member join their family, his name is Brutus.Heinz #1
After New Year’s Eve and too much partying…..Heinz was enjoying a run in the yard and all of a sudden his back gave out and he lost the use of his back legs. He had back surgery that night at Premier Veterinary Group. A week later, Heinz’ German stubborn prevailed and he
was determined to get up and play with the others. Integrative Pet Care of Homer Glen came highly recommended to further his recovery with physical therapy.
Heinz’ happy go lucky sweet nature immediately charmed Dr. Amber, Valerie, Katie and Tiffany. His favorite part of therapy was the “Porcupine Treatment.”

Thanks to IPCHG therapy, Heinz is well on his way to full recovery and back to securing his home from the dreaded squirrels and destroying the squeakies.

Thanks again,
-Pat Macke/Bill Koziolczyk

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“Heinz came to us after surgery to repair a herniated disc due to Intervertebral Disc Disease. Throughout his therapy, Heinz has been a great worker and a lovely patient. He has now recovered his ability Heinz #3 to walk and is looking forward to his summer playing with his family.”

– Dr. Amber Ihrke DVM, CCRT, CVA, CVMST

“Heinz is a gentle and loving little dog who is an absolute joy to work with. He has made some incredible strides during his rehabilitation at IPCHG. He has lost some weight and has shown a lot of improvement in the areas of mobility and core strength. He progressed quickly in the underwater treadmill and is doing much more advanced exercises during his therapeutic exercise sessions then he was able to do when he first started out with us. He’s a fantastic choice for patient of the month.”

– Tiffany Helphingstine, CCRA

 

Make a Difference

Each month we ask our patient of the month to choose a not for profit group to promote during their “reign.” This month Heinz has chosen Midwest Dachshund Rescue. If you can help them out, it would make Heinz’s day!MDR logo

Midwest Dachshund Rescue is a 501(c)3 all-volunteer organization that was founded in 2003. We primarily serve Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana, and other Midwest states as needed.

Learn more about MDR at www.mwdr.org

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Does Pet Insurance Cover Rehabilitation?

2 years ago · · Comments Off on Does Pet Insurance Cover Rehabilitation? · Rehabilitation ·

Pet Insurance Overview

Wondering if that pet insurance policy that you pay a premium to have for your pet will cover rehabilitation services? The answer is likely yes!

The American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians has recently updated their insurance summary giving a brief overview of what is/isn’t included in current insurance policies and any requirements that there may be for the facility providing the service. At Integrative Pet Care all rehabilitation services have veterinary oversight and are performed by trained/certified practitioners. Of course, it is always best check with your insurance company directly to confirm your pet’s coverage or before purchasing an insurance policy.

AARV Insurance Summary PDF

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Pet Massage Basics

2 years ago · · Comments Off on Pet Massage Basics ·

DachshundFloorJoin Doris Martinkus, CCRA, CCMT and Erin Kowalski, 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 $85 (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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