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Pet Massage Basics

3 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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April 2016 Hobbes

3 years ago · · Comments Off on April 2016 Hobbes · Hanover Park's Patient of the Month ·, , , ,

IMAG0040_1   Hobbes

“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

3 years ago · · Comments Off on April 2016 Heinz · Homer Glen's Patient of the Month ·, , , ,

Heinz #5Heinz

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

Heinz w- TiffHeinz #6Heinz #2Heinz Graduation

“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?

3 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

3 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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Food Drive to Benefit Friendship Pet Food Pantry

3 years ago · · Comments Off on Food Drive to Benefit Friendship Pet Food Pantry · Chicago ·

FriendPetFoodPantry LogoLast year we won the friendly competition with Animal Medical Center of Chicago and together, with your contributions, collected over 5,000 pounds of pet food to donate! This year AMC has upped the ante, we are now also competing with North Center Animal Hospital!

Friendship Pet Food Pantry does an amazing service, helping pet owners keep fooddrive2their pets in their own home, rather than having to relinquish them and add to the population of homeless animals in Chicago.

Last year the response from the families who benefited from your donations was heartfelt and inspiring, many of them thanked you, the donors, for helping them keep their beloved family member fed and in their home during a difficult time.

We are now accepting donations of unopened canned and bagged dog and cat food through March 31st. If you prefer to make a monetary donation, all donated funds will go to purchasing food for the drive. You can bring donations into any of our drop off locations (see below) or donate online at:

www.youcaring.com

But we are only collecting until March 31st so please hurry and help us make a HUGE difference!!

Drop Off Locations for Team IPC:

IPC Chicago
2520 W Armitage Ave

Premier Veterinary Group
Chicago
3927 W Belmont Ave

Grayslake
1810 E Belvidere Rd

Crestwood
13715 S Cicero Ave

Kane County
351 S Randall Rd

Parker’s Holistic Pet Market
1342 E 55th St

WOW! Day 2 and this is what our lobby looks like already:

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Obviously we have the BEST clients and friends.

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March 2016 Leo

3 years ago · · Comments Off on March 2016 Leo · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, ,

Leo

Leo #7Leo, the gentle giant, was referred by Dr. Maxine Francks to IPC Homer Glen with the diagnosis of Wobbler syndrome, a neurologic disease common in large breed dogs. Dr. Ihrke recommended adding Veterinary Acupuncture to his treatment plan.

“In 2011, when Leo was only a year old, an MRI at University of Wisconsin Madison confirmed our fears; Leo had wobblers – a narrowing of the vertebral canal which leads to paralysis. The prognosis was bleak with a life expectancy of 1 maybe 2 years if he was lucky. Surgery was an option but because of how advanced the disease was the UWM vets urged against it, it would be used more as a teaching tool than a solution. It was at that Leo #10point my husband Jerry & I committed to a holistic approach to insure Leo’s comfort for however long he had left. 

We started with the water treadmill and moved on to swimming therapy and then on to TENS and laser treatments. We were continuing to see a lack of progress and an increasing decline in Leo’s mobility and then a chance encounter between Leo’s vet, Dr. Maxine Francks & Dr. Amber at a triathlon brought us to IPC. Dr. Amber suggested acupuncture as a means to slow the pace of the Wobblers. After doing some research we made an appointment; that was 2 years ago and Leo is still with us. Our 220 lb. love bug celebrated his 5th birthday last September and is still enjoying life as a spoiled couch potato. For all that Dr. Amber and the staff at IPC has done for Leo we pledge our Leo #13devotion.”

Jerry, Dawn & Leo Gaynor

 

“At over 200 pounds, Leo is my biggest patient with a big heart to match. He is a gentle, loving soul and I have enjoyed working with him for the last several years.”

Dr. Amber Ihrke DVM, CCRT, CVA, CVSMT

Make a difference

Each month we ask our POTM to choose a NFP group for us to highlight. Leo has asked us to tell you about Great Lakes Mastiff Rescue. If you want to make a donation, it would make Leo’s day!

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Pet Massage Basics

3 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 $100, 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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Feb 2016 Bijou

3 years ago · · Comments Off on Feb 2016 Bijou · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation

Bijou #2   Bijou

Bijou is a rescue.  We found her on-line at the Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) in Amelia, OH.   She is 2 1/2, and we got her when she was 10 weeks.  She is a Bichon/Shih Tzu.  She has the temperament of both the breeds, and absolutely is the most loving and sweet dog we have owned (we have had two other Bichon, a Karin Terrier, and a Black Lab, so we have had great dogs all along).  She really loves our grandchildren, especially Giovanna.

She is playful, and that is when, a year ago, I noticed her favoring the right rear leg. Ultimately she had surgery on it for a torn ACL, and the surgeon recommended follow-up therapy at Integrative Pet Care in Homer Glen. We couldn’t have been happier with that choice.Bijou on the Land Treadmill

The staff has been accommodating, professional, and clearly likes dogs.  Our therapist, Val, has become a friend, and during the more than six months of rehab, provided insight and her professional abilities. 

Bijou, while not back to her pre-surgery ways, is significantly better.  She only slightly favors her leg, and with time its strength will continue to improve.  Val has shown us how to exercise Bijou’s leg at home.  At the moment she is not scheduled to return to IPC for further therapy, unless of course, something changes. Thank you for picking Bijou as patient of the month.  I told her of this great honor, and she is very excited!

– J Denny & Karen SchillingsBijou in Underwater Treadmill

“Bijou came to us with a history right stifle injury, right stifle surgical stabilization and severe
arthritis. Two months after her procedure, she had a persistent lameness in the right rear leg, and started rehabilitation therapy with IPC. Over the course of several weeks, we were able to improve her mobility and decrease the lameness associated with her right rear leg so that she is now able to go for walks and is much more comfortable with her daily activities. Bijou was always in a good mood for her therapy and I always looked forward to seeing what bows would be in her ears at each visit.”

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

“Bijou is such a sweet little ball of fluff. She always greets me with a smile on her face and her tail
wagging away. Bijou came to us after having her right cranial cruciate ligament surgically repaired. She was doing well with rehab and then all of a sudden she started putting less weight on her right rear leg. Her sweet personality also suddenly changed where she was more hesitant to have her right rear limb touched. In her own way, Bijou was telling me that something was wrong with her knee. After consulting with her surgeon, he decided to remove the suture in her knee. After her surgeon removed the suture, Bijou returned to her sweet self who loved exercising with both underwater and land treadmills. She progressed well in rehab and graduated from a treatment plan. Then she returned to us for a maintenance plan because she started to limp again when the seasons changed to the colder Bijou at homeweather. Bijou is a great example of how important it was for me to not only listen to her owner about her behavior at home but also monitor how she was tolerating her therapy sessions with me. Even though she couldn’t verbally tell me something was wrong, her change in personality and her regression in therapy alerted me that something was causing her pain in her knee. Now, Bijou has returned to her active lifestyle at home including playing with the grandchildren. When you watch her walk today, you would never even know she had surgery on her knee.”

– Valerie Williams, PT, DPT, ATRIC, CCRP

Make a Difference

Bijou has asked us to highlight the Animal Rescue Fund, Inc. If you make a donation it would make Bijou’s day!

Animal Rescue Fund, Inc.
P.O. Box 464
Ameila, OH 45102

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Congratulations, Erin Kowalski!

3 years ago · · Comments Off on Congratulations, Erin Kowalski! · Chicago

ErinPetPlanWe are so proud to congratulate Erin Kowalski for winning Pet Plan’s Pet Parent of the Year award for 2016. Erin takes excellent care of her many IPC patients, she also works tireless hours for Bialy’s Wellness Foundation, a foundation that she created to provide 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. You can learn more about all of the amazing work that Erin does through BWF at bialyswellnessfoundation.org.

 

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