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October 2017- Gertie

2 weeks ago · · Comments Off on October 2017- Gertie · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , ,

Gertie

In May of 2017, the founder of Bialy’s Wellness Foundation, Erin, was contacted by Chicagoland Bully Breed Rescue about a 2 month old French Bulldog puppy who was unable to walk.  They needed an experienced foster home and funding for rehabilitation to get her mobile as soon as possible.  Erin agreed and Gertie came to Integrative Pet Care immediately.

 After meeting with Dr. Megan Ridley and Emma, it was suspected that Swimmer Puppy Syndrome was the cause of her mobility issues.  An intense rehabilitation program was prescribed which included daily exercise and swimming therapy sessions.  Everyone on staff pitched in to work with Gertie whenever they could.  Erin, who is also a canine rehabilitation and massage therapist at IPC, diligently worked with her at home as well.

Within in the first week, Gertie improved greatly; she was able to support herself and could even take a few steps independently!  While swimming wasn’t her favorite activity, she did it without complaint all while looking adorable in her life jacket.  After a few weeks she was walking on her own and doing advanced exercises in the gym.

Being part of her transformation was an amazing experience for everyone involved and lots of tears were shed in the process! -Dr. Megan Ridley

Gertie was officially adopted in June to a neighbor so Erin can still bring her for therapy everyday.  Today she is 6 months old and is a happy & healthy puppy.  Being part of Gertie’s transformation has been a wonderful experience for everyone on staff.

Gertie has since become a ‘spokesdog’ for Bialy’s Wellness Foundation as she is an incredible success story!  You can follow her adventures on Instagram- @the_little_avocado.

 

 

 

 

Gertie: Progression Video

Check out this progress video of our beloved Gertie (aka 🥑). Thank you to: Chicagoland Bully Breed Rescue for taking her into your adoption program; Integrative Pet Care for the amazing rehabilitation therapists and veterinarians that worked your magic to help Gertie become mobile; Boulevard Veterinary for your always generous, kind and attentive staff & veterinarians; Josh the Pitbull – Special Needs and Happy for fostering our Little Avocado. #GertieStrong

Posted by Bialy's Wellness Foundation on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Gertie has asked us to tell you about the organization that changed her life, Bialy’s Wellness Foundation.

“Bialy’s Wellness Foundation helps families and rescue organizations care for pets with special needs, particularly those with mobility issues from paralysis, amputation, neurological or birth defects, and other diagnosed ailments.”

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September 2017- Kody

2 months ago · · Comments Off on September 2017- Kody · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , ,

Kody

 Kody is an almost 17 year old Sheltie who was referred to Integrative Pet Care by his primary care veterinarian at Family Pet Animal Hospital for mobility issues a year and a half ago.   Kody developed arthritis in his front limbs which prevented him from climbing stairs, so his mom had to carry him.  Char wanted to do everything she could to keep him strong and comfortable!

Dr. Deanne Zenoni created a treatment plan that included underwater treadmill, therapeutic exercise, massage, laser and acupuncture.  Kody wasn’t too sure about his therapies at first, but he quickly learned to enjoy them.  His mom also thinks coming to IPC for love has also eased his car anxiety.

“Even though Kody hasn’t been able to go up the stairs again, I know the exercising and treatments he does are making a difference with his strength and flexibility.  He, of course, walks slower like the senior dog that he is, but at times, he’ll all of a sudden get a spring in his step – at 16!  IPC has helped slow down the inevitable decline that happens in senior dogs.  Plus he’s still able to jump up on the couch (his favorite place to sleep).

Kody also gets to be in an incredibly loving community when he comes to IPC, which I think is quite healing.  It’s amazing to me how he has settled in with the people and treatments.  He was anxious at first but now sprawls on Dr. Zenoni’s lap during acupuncture (he’s not a lap dog at all with me), and he leans into Lindsey when she gives him a massage.  Kody had little to no love in the first 5 ½ years of his life (he was used to breed and lived outside in a trailer park). I feel like I bring him to a place where he is surrounded by love.  It warms my heart to see how well he’s treated and loved here, and I’m so happy for him to have this experience in his later years.  Coming to IPC has also solidified Kody’s love of McDonald’s cheeseburgers (with no onions) as he gets one after every time he comes!

Unfortunately Kody has lost his eyesight over the years, but he manages and has adapted amazingly, particularly in places he knows.  The night time and new places are the hardest for him.  When we walk in the evening and in new places, I try to be his ‘eyes’ for him.  He also searches for me when I’m right there in my place so I know he’s lost quite a bit of his sight.” -Char, Kody’s mom

“Kody has the attitude and resilience of a dog 1/3 his age – he never ceases to amaze me! The significant increase in his mobility over the years is a testament to how important it is to keep an older dog active both at therapy and at home. He’s a joy to work with and is always willing to try something new – I love knowing that his mom puts him through his paces and helps keep him active and engaged on a daily basis!” -Lindsey, Kody’s therapist

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Kody has asked us to tell you about Central Illinois Sheltie Rescue.

“Central Illinois Sheltie Rescue is a 501(c)(3)  Non Profit, State Licensed, ALL Volunteer organization that helps homeless or abandoned Shetland Sheepdogs…also known as “Shelties”.   We take in any Sheltie that needs us, address all their needs, and then place them in wonderful new homes.”

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August 2017- Rocky

3 months ago · · Comments Off on August 2017- Rocky · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, ,

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Rocky’s journey started almost 3 years ago when his mom was asked to take a puppy to get x-rays while volunteering at PAWS Chicago.  Mia’s heart melted when she saw the 9 month old puppy who was so sweet even though he was injured and immediately volunteered to foster him.  It turned out that Rocky’s leg was so badly injured that he required an amputation.  After fostering him through his weeks of recovery, Mia decided he had to join her family!

Mia was understandably nervous about Rocky’s future quality of life so she decided to make an evaluation at Integrative Pet Care for preventative care.   

 

“As soon as I met Dr. Ridley & Laura, I knew I was in good hands.  They explained what would be ideal to aid in his recovery and addressed the typical concerns they had with tripods.  Afterwards I understood a lot more about actions I could take to be proactive in his recovery and prevent any further injury which was really important to me.” -Mia

“Rocky is a different dog since starting at Integrative Pet Care. People don’t even recognize he’s a tripod because he stands so straight and tall, runs like a maniac, and walks with so much confidence. He’s gained an incredible job amount of core strength and muscle throughout! He hardly ever falls over and often stands on his one back leg to look out the window or check for treats on the counter.  He’s naturally a very active and curious dog so we walk a lot and get a lot of exercise to keep him entertained. Luckily the muscles he’s developed because of our work at IPC have allowed him to keep up with all this activity! He loves training and learning tricks, and hunting rats in the park.” -Mia

“Rocky’s core strength is incredible for a tripod.  I love working with him in the gym because he can and will do anything I ask of him. I’m constantly coming up with new exercises to challenge him and he does it all without messing up his hairdo!” -Laura, Rocky’s therapist

 

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Rocky has asked us to tell you about Sit Stay Read.

 

SitStayRead’s mission is to improve literacy skills and foster a love of learning in children in low-income neighborhoods. Founded in 2003, SitStayRead brings teams of trained volunteers and Certified Reading Assistance Dogs into 16 Chicago Public Schools in some of Chicago’s poorest neighborhoods

 

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July 2017- Tilly

4 months ago · · Comments Off on July 2017- Tilly · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , ,

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A little over a year ago, Tilly’s mom Kirsten noticed she was having trouble with one of her rear legs.  After a few inconclusive vet visits, an evaluation at Integrative Pet Care was recommended.  “With Tilly being a senior corgi, my mind immediately went to Degenerative Myelopathy (DM), and I panicked” remembers Kirsten.  After meeting with Dr. Ridley, a twice weekly program of therapeutic exercise & underwater treadmill was prescribed.  After rocking it for 8 weeks with her therapist Laura, Tilly graduated to a maintenance plan of once weekly therapies.  Tilly is incredibly enthusiastic about her therapy (especially exercise) and absolutely hates taking breaks! 

We asked her mom to tell us a little about the daily life of Tilly: “She is a lazy loaf of bread at home. She loves sleeping in strange positions, including but not limited to underneath/in between her beds (corgi sandwich), belly up in the middle of the floor, next to the wall with her feet seemingly holding the wall up, and many more! She loves begging for snacks and working for treats, and I call her a canine Roomba because she is so motivated for any little food scrap. She loves being outside and going on road trip adventures. She’s traveled to both coasts several times, and even enjoys a quick trip around the block. She’s a fantastic copilot!”

“If you’ve seen the hashtags on social media #corgitude and #corgioncorgistrong, and you have the opportunity to meet Tilly, you’ll completely understand both of them! Tilly starts with her ‘corgitude’ by telling me just how excited she is to start her therapy sessions each week. They don’t bother to tell me Tilly has arrived, because I hear her bark. I then come up and see a smiling face as she leads me back to the gym. She is a strong, stumpy, little gal, and gives each session her all, and has no idea that DM is supposed to slow her down. I’m proud to be Tilly’s therapist, and I know #corgination is proud of Tilly too!” -Laura, Tilly’s therapist

“IPC has been nothing short of amazing. Tilly is now a little over a year out from her diagnosis, and is still walking on her own! The progression of DM has been so slow, thanks to their help. She’s started to slow down and have some more weakness, but without IPC I can only imagine we’d be much farther into the progression of the disease. It makes me happy to see her so excited and engaged while she is at IPC. They always go above and beyond to help us and make sure Tilly is getting the care she needs.” -Kirsten

 

 

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Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Tilly has asked us to tell you about CorgiAid & Queen’s Best Stumpy Dog Rescue.

CorgiAid is a nonprofit organization founded to provide financial assistance to corgis and corgi mixes. We help out those who rescue dogs from shelters or other non-permanent homes, then foster them until a new home is found. Medical and other expenses for these dogs can become high.

QBSDR is a rescue that saves special needs corgis and corgi mixes from California. We put great emphasis on rehabilitating our dogs medically and managing their behaviors through training, while getting to know their needs and quirks in order to find them the right home.  

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June 2017 Digger

5 months ago · · Comments Off on June 2017 Digger · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , ,

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We first met Digger a little over 2 years ago when her parents noticed she started slowing down.  After meeting with Dr. Megan Ridley, a formal rehabilitation program was created that included strengthening modalities such as underwater treadmill and exercise, as well as laser, acupuncture and massage therapy which were prescribed for pain management.  Digger loved her therapies right away and her mobility improved.

“IPC has helped Digger’s daily functioning – mobility, flexibility, stability.   The laser and acupuncture really help ease stiffness and pain.  The training you have provided and continue to provide so that we can work with her at home has been unbelievably helpful.   Digger would not be as mobile if not for her weekly visits.” -Bonnie, Digger’s mom

Digger has a lot of loves in life like watching trains and snoozing under the covers, but nothing beats swimming in the lake- toss a tennis ball and she’s off!  She still enjoys taking walks, but it involves more smelling than walking these days.

“As a 15 year old pit bull mix, Digger has developed more issues over the years, but that hasn’t changed her attitude.  She comes in ready to work and is all smiles (and barks) while doing it!” Dr. Ridley

 

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Digger has asked us to tell you about C.A.R.E.

Community Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E) is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization with a mission to serve the communities of Chicago’s North Shore by fostering and supporting healthy, positive relationships between people and companion animals. C.A.R.E. rehomes companion pets into safe, healthy, lifelong homes; serves as an educational and counseling resource; and works to reduce pet overpopulation.

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May 2017 Logan

6 months ago · · Comments Off on May 2017 Logan · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation, Uncategorized ·, , , ,

Logan

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Logan’s parents used to bring their elderly dog Cali for rehabilitation years ago, so they made an appointment right away when he was diagnosed with a partial tear of his cranial cruciate ligament (CCL).  They were hoping to avoid surgery, so a program was started that included therapeutic exercise, underwater treadmill & laser.  All was going well until he went a little too crazy in the snow and fully tore the ligament!  Logan soon had surgery and came back to IPC for post-surgery rehabilitatiolog2n.

“We adopted Logan from the Anti-Cruelty Society in July 2014 shortly after adopting our other dog Sinna.  We don’t know much about his past, other than that he came from Mississippi and that he was afraid of EVERYTHING. He literally pooped his metaphorical pants the first time he heard our garage door and wouldn’t willingly leave our bathroom for the first week or so. But oh so slowly, he gained confidence and has turned into the biggest, most loving goofball. Don’t get me wrong—he is still afraid of random things like plastic bags and street signs, but we’ve come a long way.” Kris, Logan’s mom.

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If you were to look up ‘proud therapist’ in the dictionary, there would be a picture of me staring in amazement at Logan!  He has overcome injuries, but most of all his confidence at IPC has soared.  I look forward to giving Logan a new challenge in the gym or during his underwater treadmill sessions because he’s always ready to show me what he’s got!” -Laura Krill, CCRA

“Yes, we’ve seen great progress and no additional injuries, but also Logan LOVES his sessions at IPC. We have technically completed his post-operative rehab program, but I plan to take him to IPC as long as they’ll have us because it is truly his happy place. Nowhere else is he so elated, so confident, and so at ease, as working out in the gym with Coach Laura.”  -Kris

loganYou can follow Logan’s, and his sisters Riley and Sinna, latest shenanigans on Instagram under Land of Misfit Dogs!

Make a difference!

TheBigBarn_FinalLogo-01-768x593Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.

 Logan has asked us to tell you about a new project his parents started with ALIVE Rescue.  Kris and Nate have gone above and beyond supporting local rescues and are building a shelter in Southern Wisconsin so ALIVE Rescue can further their mission!

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April 2017 Symon

7 months ago · · Comments Off on April 2017 Symon · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , ,

Symon

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Symon was diagnosed with Intervertebral Disc Disease(IVDD) almost 4 years ago, so when his back pain started getting worse his mom wanted to do something more.  “He still had his spirit and spunk, so I wanted to keep him strong and comfortable”, remembers Kristen.  At the recommendation of Symon’s primary care veterinarian, Dr. Georgesen of Blum Animal Hospital, Kristen made an appointment with IPC.  Symon met with Dr. Deanne Zenoni and Emma Widmark who created a treatment program that consisted twice weekly visits that focused on pain management and strengthening therapies.
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Symon was suspicious of therapy at first, but soon learned that it meant lots of treats!  His therapists taught his mom massage techniques and exercises she could do at home, which is something they still do to this day.  After his initial 8 weeks of therapy, Dr. Zenoni thought he felt so good that he could go down to once weekly visits.  Symon is now on a maintenance plan that consists of weekly underwater treadmill sessions and monthly acupuncture and therapeutic exercise & laser therapies.

 

 

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“Symon is a super senior!  I’m continually amazed by his abilities and efforts during his therapy sessions given his diagnosis.  If I worked as hard as Sy does for a few lousy cheerios, I’d be in much better shape!” -Laura Krill

 

 

 

 

“As Sy is turning 14 this month, we are so incredibly grateful to have the support from our friends at IPC! I truly believe that Sy has the strength because of our therapy routine.” -Kristen, Symon’s mom

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“Symon has done so well since starting therapy.  He loves coming to see all of us, though he isn’t convinced the needles are necessary!  He puts on a brave face and settles his head on his om’s lap while his acupuncture makes his back feel better.” -Dr. Zenoni

 

 

 

 

 

Kristen has had him since he was two months old and says he is the ultimate best buddy! “He is incredibly in tune with humans and his surroundings. I never have to worry about him wondering away because he always keeps tabs on me. He loves to be loved AND food treats!!  He has managed to break into groceries and packaged food many times over the years…”

Make a difference!

 

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

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CRISP is a new initiative that will pool the resources of eight local rescues to work in concert with Chicago Animal Care and Control to provide assistance and support for pet owners in need, divert owner surrendered animals to accredited rescues, and ultimately reduce the number of dogs surrendered at Chicago Animal Care and Control.

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Food Drive to Benefit Friendship Pet Food Pantry

2 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:

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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 Lt. Dan

2 years ago · · Comments Off on March 2016 Lt. Dan · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , ,

Lt. Dan

12341139_493320394183258_7255523332618061991_nWhen Erin (founder of Bialy’s Wellness Foundation & IPC staff member) heard about a paralyzed 7 week old puppy who ended up in a Wisconsin shelter, she didn’t think twice about coming to his rescue.  With the support of Woofgang Rescue, Lt. Dan was transported to Chicago where he is currently being fostered.  Dan’s diagnosis is a bit unclear, but a traumatic birth may have contributed to his inability to walk and x-rays also revealed severe hip dysplasia.   No one knew if Dan’s function would improve, but his foster mom was willing to stick it out and try everything she could.

 

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Dan was immediately evaluated by Dr. Ridley and a treatment plan was put in place that included twice weekly therapeutic exercise, underwater treadmill and massage sessions.  He was also fitted for a cart from Walkin’ Wheels.   Dan started showing small improvement with every therapy session!  Dr. Ridley recently added in acupuncture to see if that could improve his incontinence.

 

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Dan has since ditched his cart and started walking on his own! While it’s not perfect, we are incredibly impressed with his progress.

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A normal day for Lt. Dan includes coming to IPC for therapies, massage at home with his foster mom and cuddles with his foster brother Josh.

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Lt. Dan has become an internet sensation he has over 11,000 followers and was even featured on Buzzfeed!   Follow him on Facebook for the latest updates on his progress

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. Lt. Dan has of course asked us to tell you about Bialy’s Wellness Foundation.

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“Providing 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.”

 

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