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July 2020 – Hank

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Hank joined the Wolfson family in April of 2019 at only 3 months old. Little did Hank or his family know that he would be spending most of his puppy-hood at the vet with consistent infections from his ears to his toenails. 

It was not until right before Hank’s 1st birthday, that he escaped from his sitter’s home while his owners were on vacation and was hit by a car. Luckily, he dodged a lot of high speed traffic on the highway and did not break any bones during the accident. He did; however, end up with nerve damage in his front left leg. 

He crossed a six lane highway and managed to get hit in a school zone, likely saving his life. He didn’t break a single bone, but did incur some nerve damage.

…At the start of his visits, he couldn’t place his left leg on the ground. He constantly knuckled and had a severe limp.

Mark W, Hank’s Owner

That’s when Hank began his adventure at Integrative Pet Care. During his initial exam, he was very lame on his left front paw and would constantly knuckle on his foot when taking steps. He started his program in January of 2020 and has been coming to his sessions every week since then. These sessions consist of a combination of therapies, which include:  Hydrotherapy, Acupuncture, massage, therapeutic exercise, ultrasound, and laser therapy. His vet, therapists, and family have seen such a dramatic improvement with him.

Hank has made a remarkable recovery.  He loves his exercise time in the gym and is such a good boy sitting for his ultrasound and laser therapies.  It’s been such a joy to work with him and see him thrive gaining so much of his confidence back.  

Tami, Hank’s therapist

It was a little difficult for Hank to adjust to his new routine. Due to his long recovery, he was not able to play and socialize with other dogs like puppies usually do, so often times he is quite shy and it took some time for Hank to get to know and trust his therapists and vet. After so many months of therapy, you could say he is best friends with everyone at IPC. 

He is like a brand new dog from the first time we saw him so many months ago. He was so shy and would bark every time someone he didn’t know walked in the room. Now he runs straight in to the gym and will lay all over you during his treatments. He is such a goofball!

Katie, Therapy Assistant

His owners have even noticed his confident boost at home. He now has weekly play dates with his best friend, Eeyore and says he is always so excited in the car on his way to his therapy sessions.

He loves to play with his toys, and get chased around the apartment. Weekly appointments with IPC and playdates with his best friend, Eeyore, are what he looks forward to most. He shakes with excitement during the car ride, and can’t wait to get inside! In his down time, he loves to watch golf, soccer, and hockey. But, no horse racing allowed! Any animal on TV gets Hank riled up.

Mark, Hank’s Owner

See Hank’s favorite television show here! 


Even with everything Hank has gone through in the past year, he has never lost his sweet spirit. He has shown so much improvement since coming to IPC and his owners are grateful for the work the staff has done to help Hank. They say most people cannot even tell anymore that he was even hit by a car. He really is a miracle puppy!

Hank is a survivor! He had such a traumatic experience so early in his life, he had a little anxiety as a result of his injury. He would bark and was anxious around new people. Through rehabilitation and medical management, he has not only regained the use of his left front leg, he also has gained so much confidence! He never once complained about any of his therapies and he loves to snuggle with his therapists now. He has always been such a big personality and it has been a real pleasure to watch him progress. I have been so impressed with how far he’s come. He’s such an amazing boy and we really adore both he and his owners.

Dr. Martin, IPC

Curious about Hank’s transformation?

See Hank before here.

See Hank After here.

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June 2020 – Milton

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On June 21st, 2018, Milton arrived at Chicago Animal Care and Control as a euthanasia request – the same day his future mama moved to Chicago. His life didn’t end that day because CRISP Chicago was there and Milton was instead surrendered to a rescue. Soon after, ALIVE Rescue scooped him up as a foster dog and started to get him the medical care he desperately needed. 


Milton was a mess of infections, pain, and anxiety. He didn’t have full use of his back legs, and he cried all the time. He was mostly blind and deaf, and completely toothless; however, that did not stop his foster parents who adopted Milton on October 7, 2018.


Of course, he was the exact dog we wanted to foster. We’re suckers for special needs animals and impossible cases, which is how he ended up in our family.

…The first time I saw a dog beneath all that anxiety was the day he let me rub his face with a blanket. He leaned into that touch. That was it for me – I was all in, ready to do all I could to help this little guy find his way back to health and happiness.

Justus J, Milton’s mom

Milton quickly became a regular at the vet, who saved his life more than once, as they began to untangle his complicated medical mysteries and eventually removed both of his eyes in an emergency surgery.


Milton has been at Integrative Pet Care since September of last year. Dr. Kelli Martin and his therapist, Emma have been his regular care team to work on his comfort and mobility. After just a few appointments, Milton went from anxious and uncomfortable, to snoozing and relaxed during every appointment.


When we first met Milton, he was full of tiny, grumpy complaints about my exam because he wanted to move all around the room instead. I could tell that he had a huge personality; that was obvious from the video of him running down the sidewalk, trusting his owners implicitly to steer him clear of trouble. He came in because he had trouble settling at night and I was, honestly, a little worried that he wouldn’t like any therapies that required him to stay still. Within a very short time, he was sleeping through his acupuncture, laser, and massage about 95% of the time! He is all about self-care, these days, and will sometimes wake up to do some exercise with his beloved Emma. His owners and I feel as if rehabilitation helps him to maintain a high quality of life. He is the biggest joy in the smallest package. We love Milton!

Dr. Martin, Integrative Pet Care of Chicago

Milton is definitely a favorite at IPC and is loved by so many. It is only fitting that Milton is our June patient of the month since he is celebrating his 15th birthday on June 21st. Happy early birthday, Milton!


What can I say about Milton? He is a really special guy with a bundle of personality! You never really know what Milton you’re going to get each session. Most days he knows how to really sink in to his therapies and falls asleep during his massage and laser sessions. Other days, he really wants to move around and be active. His appointments are always fun and interesting because you have to go with whatever he wants to go with that day.

Emma, Milton’s therapist

We love Milton here at IPC! He should win an award for most relaxed during his therapy sessions. We always set up a Milton station for his acupuncture appointments, which usually includes a cozy bed and full body blanket burrito wrap. It seems to be his happy place.

…it’s funny because some days he is so relaxed and other days, he wants to be so active and run around. He may be small, but don’t be fooled by his powerful bark. It spooks us every single time!

Brooklyn and Katie, Milton’s Therapy Assistants

Each month we ask our POTM to select an organization for us to feature. This month, Milton’s mom asked us to feature ALIVE Rescue of Chicago, where Milton was placed in foster care. Please learn more about them at the link below:

http://www.aliverescue.org/

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