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December 2019- Allie

1 week ago · · Comments Off on December 2019- Allie · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , ,

Allie

Who’s that girl with the giant ears, it’s our Patient of The Month Allie!   We met Allie in July 2018 at the recommendation of her primary care veterinarian at Blum Animal Hospital when she started showing hind limb paresis (weakness in her back legs).  Her dad Gerry mentioned to some friends that he had been referred for our services and they had nothing but great things to say about our facility and staff.

Allie met with Dr. Megan Ridley and Renee who created a formal rehabilitation program which included exercise/massage/laser, underwater treadmill, and acupuncture.

Allie did well with her therapies and formed a strong bond with her main therapist Renee.  “Allie is the sweetest dog and it has been a pleasure to work with her and Gerry. “It’s so inspiring to work with an owner who will go above and beyond for his dog”!

Unfortunately Allie became weaker, so a custom cart from Eddie’s wheels was recommended.  She took to it immediately which amazed Emma who fitted her for the cart.  “Allie was AWESOME in her cart from the start; she took off and even tried to climb our equipment!” remarked Emma.  Allie was also fitted with custom made “walkies” which help her properly flex her back feet.

“I cannot imagine my life and hers without IPC.  As best we can, we are trying to maintain her strength and flexibility while making her comfortable and feeling good.  One of the best attributes of IPC is the creativity and determination in the methods used to add value to her life and make her feel better.  The whole staff deserves a shout and is much appreciated, but Renee, Rika, Emma, Brooklyn and Katie are who we work with the most!” -Gerry

Allie’s story began when she was transported to the Anti-Cruelty Society from Indiana and Gerry adopted her on her first day in the shelter.  She was an athletic dog who loved other people and dogs right away.  Even though Allie can’t run on her own anymore, she is still able to go up and down the “dog hill” in Oz Park, which is her favorite.   Today Allie is living the good life, especially on her therapy days which have turned into a field trip.  She gets either an egg and cheese sandwich from Peet’s or a turkey bacon egg white and cheddar sandwich from Starbucks!

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November 2019-Finn

1 month ago · · Comments Off on November 2019-Finn · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , , ,

Finn

After having surgery to repair a torn cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) in September 2018, Finn was referred to us by his primary care veterinarian. He had an evaluation where it was noted that he was painful, barely placing weight on his leg and had lost a significant amount of muscle.  Finn completed 8 weeks of rehabilitation, but showed only slight improvement and began to show neurological signs.  He was referred to a neurologist, who determined that he actually had a torn meniscus.

Finn went back to his veterinarian who repaired the tear, but he unfortunately did not improve.  Finally we referred him to Dr. David Wilson, DVM, DACVS-SA at Blue Pearl Pet Hospital to remove his hardware and revise the surgery in May.

Finn came back for a recheck in August and he had improved greatly.  After 4 weeks of twice weekly therapies, Finn showed incredible progress and was able to wean off his pain medications.  After 8 weeks he looked so good that he was able to graduate to a more maintenance level of once weekly therapies consisting of underwater treadmill and exercise/massage/laser!

“Finn is one of my favorite patients and it feels so great to see the improvement he’s made over the past year.  It’s awesome to see him back to being his old goofy self!”  -Renee, one of Finn’s therapists

Finn was adopted from Chicago Canine Rescue in 2012 when Maria and her family were looking to add a family member after losing their previous dog.  Maria quickly fell in love with “Brownie” who was listed as a small dog.  7 years later, the small, timid dog named Brownie is now a 115 lb, outgoing dog named Finn.

“After a year, 3 surgeries and many therapy sessions, Finn is pain free, medication free and running and jumping just like his old self! Finn boards on his therapy days and when I come to pick him up he does not want to leave!  Special shout out to the Patient Service Coordinators for the tremendous welcome that he always gets. That’s why IPC, you are ALL AMAZING!” -Maria, Finn’s dedicated mom

“A day in the life of Finn….Wake up on the couch…go lay on the deck….chase the squirrels (been a while since he has been able to do that. He actually caught one the other day, I am sorry to say)….go potty…back to laying on the deck…eat breakfast…go in the house to lay on his chair by the window…bark at every dog that walks down the street…either sleep on that chair or get in the car and go to therapy and have the best day…eat dinner…have a couple treats…lay on the deck…go for a walk….lay on his bed waiting for me to go up to bed so he can have the couch…to go to sleep for the night”

Make A Difference

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Finn has asked us to tell you about the organization that saved his life, Chicago Canine Rescue.

Chicago Canine Rescue Foundation exists to give many of these animals a second chance at a forever family. We love the underdog! 

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October 2019- Juanita

2 months ago · · Comments Off on October 2019- Juanita · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , ,

Juanita

Ready to meet the mushiest pit bull ever?  Juanita came to Integrative Pet Care earlier this summer due to limping on walks and having a hard time getting on and off the couch.  Her mom was no stranger to rehabilitation as her previous dog Fifty was a long term patient (and our unofficial mascot).

Juanita met with Dr. Kelli Martin and Tami who recommended getting xrays of her hips.  Once xrays confirmed that she had bilateral hip arthritis, a formal program was created which included exercise, massage, laser, underwater treadmill and acupuncture.

Juanita loved her exercises and massage, but wasn’t sure about the underwater treadmill.   She surprised us all by sticking her head underwater in true hippo fashion!

Juanita continues to make progress at every one of her rechecks.  She is able to take longer walks, get up on furniture and in and out of the car easier!  Her mom Kelly has also noticed changes at home: “she no longer struggles to sit or lay down- she is getting so strong!”

She came into her mom’s life as a foster in 2016 after being found as a stray in Indiana.  She had been over bred, had terribly cropped ears, and several scars.  Despite everything she had endured, she was extremely sweet and trusting.  After a couple months of fostering, it was clear that she would become a permanent member of the family.

“I cannot say enough about the Integrative Pet Care staff!  The patient service coordinators are absolutely fantastic.  Her therapists Tami and Rika are the sweetest and Dr. Martin went above and beyond to make sure I got the right diagnosis.  I recommend IPC to everyone I know.”

Juanita has been a foster sister to countless dogs and is in the process of becoming a certified reading assistance dog with SitStayRead!  She lives with an elderly blind dog who she respects and a guinea pig who she adores!

Make A Difference

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Juanita has asked us to tell you about the organization that she will shortly be a part of, SitStayRead.

SitStayRead’s mission is to advance children’s literacy skills using an engaging curriculum, certified dogs, and dedicated volunteers.

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September 2019- Floki

3 months ago · · Comments Off on September 2019- Floki · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Floki

Floki was rushed to the ER last April when he became wobbly and painful. An MRI revealed that he had Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) and a hemilaminectomy was recommended and performed immediately.  Unfortunately all of this left him unable to use his hind limbs.

Amanda did research and found that we had a great reputation for working with special needs animals!  Floki came to us shortly after his surgery and was prescribed an intensive rehabilitation program which consisted of exercise, laser, underwater treadmill, and acupuncture.  His prognosis was guarded, but that didn’t stop him from trying his hardest and his dedicated mom Amanda was more than willing to do whatever it took.

We became fast friends since he started coming three times weekly for therapy! Floki’s progress was slow in the beginning, but he made promising improvements every week. He needed full assistance in the underwater treadmill to ambulate and was unable to push himself into a standing position.

A cart was also recommended to aid in his mobility which he took to quickly. He also hitches a ride in his wagon where he loves going on the 606, Humboldt Park and the dog beach. Floki has continued to make amazing progress at every session, and most of all he LOVES his therapies!

Floki continues to make huge strides every week and is now able to walk in the treadmill on his own and has even attempted to take steps on land!!  His progress is also due to mom’s dedication to his home care.   Floki has an amazing (and bossy) attitude which definitely played a part in his progress.

“First let me say that we are grateful for and really like all of the staff at IPC.  Floki’s veterinarians, therapists and the patient service coordinators have been amazing.  You all have been so patient and understanding of the struggle it was in the beginning and continue to be so nice and helpful!! Floki and I both would love to give a shout out to his therapist Renee for the extra time and love she has shown him.  Renee has really been so helpful in making sure that we go home with handouts explaining our exercises and videos showing progress.  She has answered every question I had about feedings, and how to learn to properly express/potty him.  She has also coached me to be more relaxed and aware that if I show my frustrations to Floki, he will sense that and be frustrated also.  I’m so thankful and so much more confident in caring for Floki because all that Renee has talked me through and shown me.  She has gone above and beyond for us!” -Amanda

Make A Difference

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Floki has asked us to tell you about Road Dogs & Rescue.

Road Dogs & Rescue is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization in California focused on rescuing and rehabbing medical bulldogs, puppies with birth defects and spreading the message of love and compassion towards all animals, both locally and internationally.


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August 2019- Sumo & Kiko

4 months ago · · Comments Off on August 2019- Sumo & Kiko · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine ·, , , , , , , , , , ,

Meet Sumo & Kiko, our dynamic Shiba Inu duo who keep us on our toes every Tuesday morning!  “Sumo has been a patient since his first cruciate surgery nearly 10 years ago and although the surgeon told us rehabilitation therapy was not necessary, our dog trainer recommended exploring options if we really wanted Sumo to get back to his prior athletic level. We were so happy with all the help you gave us, it was only natural to bring our other dog Kiko for sports conditioning and ultimately rehabilitation after she had patella and cruciate surgery.

Despite their surgeries, Sumo and Kiko have had long and healthy agility careers thanks to rehabilitation and ongoing maintenance program which we especially appreciate. It not only allows our dogs to stay in great shape for their athletic endeavors, but also helps them as they age.  As an example, Sumo has had chronic kidney disease for the past year and a half. That disease often leads to muscle wasting, particularly in a dog’s hind quarters, as the dog gets less and less active. Our primary vet has expressed pleasant surprise at how little atrophy Sumo has suffered and we attribute much of that to his maintenance program which includes hydrotherapy.

We fell in love with the Shiba Inu breed in 1990 based on a photo in a book of 450 dog breeds which was long before anyone knew what a Shiba was. After our first Shiba died from cancer, we searched for the right breeder with the right puppy. Sumo, who is now 13.5 years old,  has been part of our family since he was 4 months old. As everyone on your staff who has worked with Sumo knows, he is classic Shiba: incredibly smart, aloof, stubborn, independent, loathes water, and wants nothing to do with anyone unless he is handsomely rewarded. He is the type of dog who makes you earn his affection, and once you do he will make you feel very special.

Kiko is a rescue Shiba who I met during her intake evaluation at Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue and decided to keep rather than put her into their formal program. She came to us as a wild and out of control jumping bean at the age of 15 months. She’s now 10 and is the Yang to Sumo’s Yin. She loves everyone, gives kisses, wags her tail when she greets you and is anxious to please (although she loves rewards too.)  She has the smarts and hatred of water that is classic Shiba, but she gives her affection freely.

Kiko is our agility super star. In 2018, she was ranked the #3 agility Shiba in the country by the AKC (American Kennel Club) and has competed twice in the Agility Invitational in Orlando where only the top 5 dogs of each breed are invited. She has earned four agility championships, which is something that only five Shibas have ever done. She also has top titles in Rally and is close to completing an Obedience title.

Sumo has Obedience titles, two top Rally titles, numerous agility titles.  When he had to retire from those athletically demanding sports at the age of 11, he started nosework. He now has the AKCs Advanced titles in exteriors, interiors, containers and buried hides as well as nosework titles from NACSW (National Association of Canine Scent Work) and UKC (United Kennel Club).

Kiko recently had a TPLO surgery for a torn cruciate, so her days include a morning walk, a little bitey-face time with our 4 year old shiba, breakfast, about 10 minutes of rehab homework and then “free time” until late afternoon when she gets about another 10-15 minutes of rehab time (along with some tricks training), an evening walk,  dinner, more bitey-face play, a late night walk and sleep. Tuesdays she goes to IPC for therapy and Thursdays she goes to Rally class where she is learning new skills for a competition in September. Sumo’s schedule is almost identical, but he doesn’t play bitey-face (that’s beneath him).  He also goes to IPC for therapy on Tuesday and Nosework class on Thursday where he shows off how smart he is (he no longer competes).

One thing I’d like to mention is how important I think IPC has been in keeping both our very active dogs healthy. When Sumo tore his cruciate at a young age, both his primary care vet and surgeon told us to expect him to tear the other cruciate within two years or less and to expect arthritis in that knee by age 6. Well, thanks to great rehab and continued maintenance, the other leg’s cruciate didn’t tear for more than 5 years. Plus, it kept his arthritis at bay as he was able to compete in agility and rally until he turned 11!  We were warned that Kiko’s other knee would require surgery if we didn’t keep her in good shape. Even though it was her other cruciate that tore, her recovery from surgery was easier since she was in great shape going in.” -Amy

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Sumo & Kiko have asked us to tell you about Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue.

Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue (MSIR) was founded in 2002 and is a a registered 501(c)3 non-profit and licensed rescue.  We help to save and place Shiba Inus throughout the Midwest, including Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and Indiana.

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July 2019- Atticus

5 months ago · · Comments Off on July 2019- Atticus · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , ,

Atticus

Meet our July Patient of the Month Atticus, who is a six year old Frenchton (French Bulldog/Boston Terrier mix).  Atticus started having trouble with his spine three years ago, but recovered well with rest and pain medication.  Unfortunately he suffered a setback in April of 2018 which left him completely unable to walk.  He was rushed to a neurologist who performed a ventral slot surgery which decompresses the cervical spinal cord.

Atticus remained unable to walk after surgery, but regained mobility after a week.  Rehabilitation was recommended and he walked through our doors a month later.

Despite everything that he had been through, Atticus looked pretty good!  His rehabilitation program focused on  pain management, fine tuning his mobility, and strengthening.  He started coming twice weekly for underwater treadmill, exercise/laser, and acupuncture.

Atticus looked better and better to the IPC team at every visit and pain management modalities such as acupuncture and laser were able to be weaned out.  Underwater treadmill and exercise sessions would now be the focus for strengthening.

Atticus continued to do well, so he was graduated to a maintenance level of rehabilitation.  He now comes once weekly for underwater treadmill (which he loves) with acupuncture and a exercise/laser combo session every 6 weeks.   Atticus is an IPC superstar!

“Atticus marches through our doors ready to WORK and does everything that is asked of him.  He is a dream patient who never lets me down!” -Laura, CCRA

Atticus can usually be found patrolling the neighborhood with his mom Mary- something that she was worried he’d never be able to do again.

“Integrative Pet came in at a very difficult time after a spinal surgery for a ruptured disc. They have graced Atticus with the strength and comfort in order to recover beautifully and now he thinks he can fly! With the love that he’s been given at Integrative Pet I believe he can!” -Mary

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June 2019- Elmore

6 months ago · · Comments Off on June 2019- Elmore · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , , ,

Elmore

“Elmore came to us three years ago when we were looking for a puppy.  It was important for us to find one from a breeder who was part of the Newfoundland Club of America, did proper health testing on her dogs, and showed as well as participated in the Newfoundland events.  We were hoping that we could take part in these activities with Elmore, but unfortunately this was not in the cards for him. 

 Elmore always seemed slow to rise, lazy, never jumped on people or on furniture, and was never super active. I always felt something was off, so because of this we became patients at IPC to maintain and build his strength.

By the time he was 2 years old he had gone through rehabilitation following tightrope surgeries to repair both torn cranial cruciate ligaments (CCLs), as well as platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections.  After he was cleared by his surgeon we felt optimistic about his future.

However, days before Christmas, he was in the backyard running, and went down. He had ruptured his T13-L1 discs and was fully paralyzed in his back legs because of this. We were devastated and rushed him out to Veterinary Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove to see Dr. Mitch Robbins immediately.  An MRI revealed a type 3 intervertebral disc rupture at T13-L1 with no evidence of persistent compression of the spinal cord. The care Elmore received from the VSC team was phenomenal.

He did not undergo surgery as he had no compression of his spine. He was given a 75% chance to walk again within 3 weeks, otherwise he would not regain that function.  Our goal was clear, he would need IPC to help save his life. 

We had been going to IPC for several years with our other Newfoundland Cass ever since Dr. Robbins recommended it as the place to go for rehabilitation in the city. There was no other place we would go to for this type of work for our dog.  I have told people during this time that while you all are great at everything you do, I truly feel that your Neuro cases are your “bread and butter”.

Watching a giant breed who was once paralyzed in the rear now race over cavaletti poles and run around the gym, albeit somewhat “drunkenly”, is all the proof I need. IPC’s thorough program for Elmore, which consists of exercise, underwater treadmill, acupuncture, massage, laser, Adequan, NMES therapy and more, has been amazing. It was the exact combination needed. Throughout all of this, every single person from the front desk, to the therapists to the vets have been a part of a team dedicated to helping us and him. 

“I always look forward to finding and creating new challenges each time I work with Elmore.  He’s always ready to work hard and make us proud.  Big shout out to Ashley and Andrew- their commitment to his recovery has been truly inspiring!” -Elmore’s main therapist and biggest fan, Laura

Today Elmore likes to get up and go on his walks around the block, come home for breakfast, and then take a several hour nap.  After that he’s back out on walkies where he may bark at a few things and take some pictures for his instagram account, where he is quite popular.  He completes his day with dinner, more naps and of course visits to IPC where he goes roughly three times a week. Sometimes he gets to go out to different stores, parks and he LOVES car rides etc… But it is a bit more difficult now that he isn’t as mobile as he used to be.”  -Ashley, Elmore’s incredible mom

One thing I can tell other people going through this is to try to stay calm! It is so hard, don’t give up and don’t give up on your dog- some days you will want to, and that is ok.  Listen to the therapists at IPC and do the work at home, it is the only way they will keep getting better. 

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Elmore has asked us to tell you about 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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May 2019- Watson

8 months ago · · Comments Off on May 2019- Watson · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , ,

According to Watson’s mom Kirsten, September 6, 2008 was the BEST DAY EVER!  She met Watson at an animal shelter who was shy and nervous initially, but quickly warmed up to play with his new Golden Retriever brother Dylan.  Once he successfully completed puppy training, it was recommended they get involved in dog sports like agility.  He started training with Hawk City K9 in early 2009 which helped reinforce their training in a fun way and made them more of a team.   They caught the agility bug and started competing in agility in 2015 and will compete in his first scent work competition shortly!

We started with IPC as Watson was getting older and I wanted to help maintain his strength and stamina.  IPC came highly recommended for conditioning and we had come to know some from the team through agility and scent work.  From our first go-round for conditioning, Watson was stronger and able to play longer and run faster.   He also recovered faster from a busy weekend with less soreness.” -Kirsten

Unfortunately Watty tore his cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) which required a Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) surgery in November 2018.  He met with Dr. Deanne Zenoni and Laura who created a plan which included underwater treadmill, laser, massage, exercise, and chiropractic sessions.

“I trust the team to help keep Watty safe while recovering and rebuilding strength.  During recovery, sessions were a stress-free happy break from our otherwise restricted recovery time at home.  And he LOOOOVES his IPC team.  As we continue to rebuild/maintain, IPC helps push us to new challenges.  Watson’s “creative” mind loves new challenges (which sometimes includes finding new ways to cheat) but his therapists have his number.” -Kirsten

Watson was a pro at all his therapies and progressed quickly.  He still continues coming for maintenance therapy since graduating from his formal program in February.  

Watson enjoys sleeping-in and will abandon his bed only once he hears the sweet sound kibble in his bowl.  He keeps an eye on the house and hood most of the day.  He enjoys long walks reading the neighborhood paper (sniffing every tree, leaf, blade of grass, crack in the sidewalk, person walking by… ).  Weekend morning walks were made for walks at the convergence of smells from at least 2 brunch spots at his favorite park. 

While Watson is a master napper, he loves finding ways to get treats through his at-home exercises and learning new tricks that support his rehab.

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.   In honor of his late brother Dylan, Watson has asked us to tell you about Charge Against Cancer.

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April 2019- Dreidel

8 months ago · · Comments Off on April 2019- Dreidel · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , ,

Dreidel

Integrative Pet Care staffers fell in love with Dreidel in October 2018, but her story starts back in 2007: “We adopted Dreidel from Chicago Canine Rescue when I was looking for a beagle, and the shelter told us they had some beagle/lab puppies that would be around 25-30 lbs full grown.  I wasn’t too sure about a dog that big, but Jon and I went to see the puppies.  Dreidel (then named Ravioli) was of course the only one in her litter screaming all the time, but when I pulled her out and sat down with her, she snuggled up in my lap and started chewing on my earring.  I knew then that she was mine. 

We were told that Dre and her brothers and sisters were rescued from a kill shelter in Kentucky, so I sometimes call her Kentucky Fried Dreidel.  She also maxed out at 115 pounds before she was sick, so the 25-30 pound thing was clearly super accurate.  I can’t imagine not having full-size puppy hugs now, though.” -Jen, Dreidel’s mom

IPC was recommended by Dreidel’s orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Robbins at Veterinary Speciality Center who performed both of her knee surgeries when she was younger.  He thought that our services could help with Dre’s arthritis and general reconditioning after she was hospitalized in the ICU for 3 days with pancreatitis and newly diagnosed (and wildly uncontrolled) diabetes.

Drediel’s family met with Dr. Ridley after her hospitalization and she was in pretty rough shape; she needed assistance getting up, and  could no longer climb up stairs.  She could only walk for 30 seconds or so without needing a break.   She seemed miserable and her parents were worried whether it was time to let her go.  Her vet recommended that they stick with therapy at IPC for at least a month to see if she improved. 

Dr. Ridley prescribed an 8 week treatment plan that started with pain control modalities such as acupuncture, massage, and laser.  Her strength improved over time and she started sessions in the underwater treadmill and light exercises in the gym.  It was also then that she met her main therapist and biggest fan Renee who says that “working with Dreidel and her sweet disposition is the highlight of my week.”

“Dre has responded to therapy like a superstar.  She has her spunk back, she is able to go on walks and chase critters, and she can walk up the stairs again.  We never thought it was possible for her to be doing this well.  All of our family has said that she looks like she is aging in reverse.  Even now, as she starts to slow down a bit with her new diagnosis of lymphosarcoma, we can tell that therapy is helping her maintain her energy and mobility.  She loves coming to IPC and we could not be happier with how amazing and caring the staff is.

Dre is a habitual early riser now because of her daily 6 am insulin injections.  During the week goes to daycare (“school”) or to therapy at IPC (“the spa”).  In the evenings, she likes to eat, eat, eat, and snuggle and be petted constantly, and then she retires to her comfy king size bed that she has to share (ugh) with 2 humans.

On the weekends, Dre goes to 31st Street Beach first thing in the morning to look for bunnies and squirrels and chase geese.  She is always down for going into the water, no matter how cold it is.  Her new fun for the weekend is having “cheeseburger chemo” at McDonald’s as a “treatment” for her lymphoma.  Then she spends the afternoon napping, snacking, and going for walks to her favorite park.” -Jen

 

Random Dreidel facts:

-She will lick you to death if you let her.

-She is a tough pup.  Dre has torn both her CCLs, been attacked by a group of dogs in a parking lot, and got “shanked” at school (really she somehow ripped her side on an exposed nail/screw, but shanked sounds more fun).

-Dre has a bony growth on her right rear paw that looks like an extra toe with its own paw pad.

-One of her favorite toys is a plush dreidel that sings the dreidel song when she bites it.  If she hears it play, she will come running.

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.   Dreidel has asked us to tell you about the organization who saved her life, Chicago Canine Rescue.

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March 2019- Weezy

10 months ago · · Comments Off on March 2019- Weezy · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , ,

Weezy

Weezy is an almost 12 year old Pomeranian who originally reigns from Florida, but has lived in Chicago for 6 years.  He’s had pretty severe luxating patellas for at least 5-6 years, so he grew accustomed to walking quite straight legged all the time. His mom Lindsay did extensive research, which she tends to do when it comes to anything Weezy related, into rehabilitation clinics and IPC just stuck out to her. “I love the variety of programs I saw offered, and they had great reviews!”

He met with Dr. Michelle Mason and rehabilitation therapist Renee who created a specific treatment plan to address his issues related to  his luxating patellas.  His program included therapeutic exercise, massage, laser, and underwater treadmill.

“Before we came to IPC, Weezy had been walking much slower on his walks, and started slipping often on the kitchen tile.   We just completed his second 8 week program and Weezy is moving faster on his walks, slipping on the tile about 80% less, and actually sitting without kicking his legs out to the side. He has also improved on all of his at home exercises and starting to slowly shift more weight to his hind legs. We know this will be a long, slow, ongoing process but to see just slight improvement makes us ecstatic!” -Lindsay

Erin, Renee and Lindsey have all be so wonderful and Weezy wouldn’t be where he is today without them!

“Weezy has lived in 3 states, been on over 50 flights, and loves traveling with his mom and dad. In his spare time, you’ll likely find him napping, begging for belly rubs or asking us to throw his razzy ball. His favorite treats are freshly made popcorn, zucchini, and strawberries – but he recently was introduced to peanut butter which he can’t get enough of while doing his at home IPC exercises!”

Make a difference!

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