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Last 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 their 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:
But we are only collecting until March 31st so please hurry and help us make a HUGE difference!!
Drop Off Locations for Team IPC:
2520 W Armitage Ave
Premier Veterinary Group
3927 W Belmont Ave
1810 E Belvidere Rd
13715 S Cicero Ave
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:
Obviously we have the BEST clients and friends.
When 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.
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.
Dan has since ditched his cart and started walking on his own! While it’s not perfect, we are incredibly impressed with his progress.
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.
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.
“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.”
Lucy originally came to IPC a couple years ago to address some back and shoulder issues. She started out with acupuncture and therapeutic laser to help with pain management as well as massage to stretch out her tight muscles. She soon progressed to the underwater treadmill and exercise sessions. Lucy seemed to be making excellent progress and was actually enjoying her therapy!
Dr. Zenoni eventually added
Lucy seemed to be doing really well until a couple months ago when she suddenly went down and was unable to use her back legs. Her mom Kathy remembers how scary that time was- “As far as everyone could tell, she ruptured (or partially ruptured) a disc in her back. After the initial panic wore off, we brought her to our friends at IPC who examined her very thoroughly and put our minds at ease by reminding us that this is what IPC does and that they believed they could help Lucy. A tremendous weight was lifted from my shoulders since others seemed to be assuming the worst.”
“It has been exciting to watch her progress, seeing her move from needing a doggy stroller to get around outside, to taking a few steps at a time, to insisting on walking instead of riding in her stroller. She is a determined little dog, but I know she would not have made the same progress without IPC.” Kathy, Lucy’s mom
“Kathy is the type of pet parent who goes above and beyond for her dog- she is ready and willing to do anything I recommend. Lucy is one lucky girl to have her!” -Dr. Deanne Zenoni
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. Lucy has asked us to tell you about The Puppy Mill Project.
We 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.
Ski has become such an IPC staple on Thursday nights over the past 8 1/2 years, that it would feel empty without him! Who else could impress us by swimming 20 minutes against the resistance jets while playing volleyball with his dad or show us his fancy new tricks in the gym? Ski is a super star athlete who originally came to us back in 2007 for a CCL injury. He has not only trained in, but has earned titles in a number of activities including agility, treibball, tricks, nosework & herding. Rich and Ski aren’t in it for the titles, but just love training until they achieve proficiency.
Ski was always an active dog who was enrolled in a variety of activities, so it was devastating when he came up lame after a walk one night. When we first met Ski in July of 2007, his dad Rich was weighing the pros and cons of having surgery to repair a torn cranial cruciate ligament (CCL). Ultimately Rich decided against surgery and opted to pursue physical rehabilitation instead. That was a decision that Rich said he would do over and over again. Ski started an intensive rehab program that included twice weekly visits for underwater treadmill and therapeutic exercise. Even though he wasn’t the biggest fan of the underwater treadmill, he diligently did it and it’s now his favorite therapy! Ski took to the exercises right away since it was similar to some of his agility training! Soon enough Ski was inventing his own exercises and impressing us all with his strength and drive.
Soon enough Ski graduated from a rehabilitation program and became a member of our maintenance club which keeps him in tip top form for the various activities that he does!
“Ski and Rich make a fabulous team. I enjoy a challenge and Ski always keeps me on my toes!”
–Emma, Ski’s current therapist
Ski has participated in the following sport activities:
Agility (titled), freestyle dance, rally obedience, barn hunt, tricks (titled), treibball (titled), canine nosework (titled), herding (certified), flyball, disc dog, dock diving, swimming, lure coursing & weight pulling.
Ski also aided Rich in becoming a certified clicker trainer (KPA-CTP) from the Karen Prior Academy.
“Trainers, vets, & sports trainers all agree that his core strength has allowed Ski to embrace so many different activities without injury. I credit all our work at IPC with Ski’s amazing condition as he nears 11 years old.”
-Rich, Ski’s dad
Rich believes that the wide range of therapies Ski has received has helped him get through minor setbacks. A flair up of lameness resolved with a series of Laser treatments, while Acupuncture and Chiropractic services have seemed to help as well. Rich’s goal from day 1 was to make Ski’s legs individually strong enough to do the work of two if that was ever needed, which has been the case over the past several years. Whether it was the right (non-surgically repaired CCL knee) or left leg that had an issue, the other one was always strong enough to do the job of two.
“Ski is like the energizer bunny when any obstacle gets in his way- he just keeps going & going & going!”
–Dr. Ridley, Ski’s IPC vet
Make a difference!
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. Ski has asked us to tell you about Alive Rescue.
“We believe that our responsibility is first to the animals that are in local open-access shelters with a high probability of being euthanized. We primarily take in animals from shelters with high euthanasia rates in Chicago and the surrounding area. We follow through on our commitment that every animal deserves a full life by choosing to take in animals that other adoption organizations may overlook, including seniors, unpopular breeds, and pets with special needs”
IPC is raising awareness for Alive Rescue by jumping into Lake Michigan January 17th. Click here to donate to our team!
What can we say about Puck besides have you seen a more handsome cat?! While dogs are primarily seen at IPC, we do have the occasional cat patient, which makes them that much more special! Puck has been coming regularly for acupuncture since we first met him in 2011 and even though he pretends that he hates it, we secretly know he loves every second of his treatment.
Puck was found with 2 other tiny kittens in a glass shop on August 13th, 2003 and taken in by his mom shortly after. Puck and his sister Portia got along really well so she decided to keep them both, while Tiger, a giant Maine coon went to live with Carissa’s mom. Unfortunately Portia was diagnosed with FIP and passed away in 2006, so Puck has had the luxury of remaining an only cat.
Puck started coming to IPC shortly after being diagnosed with lymphoma in February of 2011. He quickly started a chemotherapy regiment and at the advice of a friend, Carissa started exploring additional treatments to attack the cancer from multiple angles. Because of the type and stage level of his lymphoma, Puck’s original prognosis was only 9 months. Well he defied the odds and has been in remission for 3 1/2 years and acupuncture is the only treatment he’s had besides regular check ups! Puck prefers to stay in the bottom of his carrier with the lights dimmed low during his sessions. After placing the needles and doing a quick exam, Dr. Ridley leaves the room so Puck can have some much needed alone time with his mom.
“On acupuncture nights, he’s extra snuggly and sweet because it makes him feel so good.” -Carissa
Carissa gave us a quick run down on the day in the life of Puck. BC (before children), Puck’s life was quiet and calm, filled with lots of naps, bird- and squirrel-watching and occasionally adventures outside in the back yard. Now his days are quite a bit more interesting with two small, loud, high-energy members of his devoted fan club. He generally wakes me up by jumping on my stomach and meowing in my face, followed by a few “playful” swats in the face if his food bowl is empty. He then immediately insists on going outside, and during the nicer months we let him. He enjoys sunning himself on the stairs, dreaming about chasing squirrels (and occasionally going for one if it teases him enough), eating nonedible landscape plants and then returning them to nature (or the kitchen floor) soon after. He generally avoids common areas while the girls are awake because they get super excited to see him and chase him. After they go to bed, it’s Puck’s time to rule the house. He spreads out on the couch, on a warm heater or in an open window, or on a lap and luxuriates in the peace and quiet. When he’s feeling frisky, he loves jumping in the air after waving cat toys and tall grasses, or batting his toys all around the house. His favorite foods include catnip-flavored Greenies, ice cream, butter, frosting, potato chips, pita chips, and pretzels. His favorite spots are the top of his cat tree, a wet shower, underneath a shady hosta, and any table you just really don’t want him laying on.
“I love seeing Puck on my schedule- he tries to act Grumpy, but I know it’s just an act. Carissa is a fantastic cat mommy who has never missed an acupuncture session in almost 5 years!” -Dr. Ridley
Make a difference!
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. Puck has asked us to tell you about Harmony House for Cats!
Harmony House for Cats is a cat specific cageless animal shelter located in Chicago. Their new facility is LEED certified as well (one of the few shelters in the country to earn the Platinum LEED-NC title). They are a 501(c)3 charitable organization so every donation is tax-deductible.
Please consider making a donation to Harmony House in Puck’s name!
In June 2014, Millie’s parents noticed that she was acting funny; she was stumbling on walks and had a hard time getting off the bed. They took her to her primary care vet who recommended seeing a neurologist for further testing. After a spinal tap and MRI, it was determined that Millie had contracted Autoimmune Spinal Meningitis which caused her to have an uncoordinated gait. She responded really well to a Prednisone regiment and was about 80% back to normal. Unfortunately she relapsed a couple of months later and could barely walk across the street on her own. She appeared to completely lose function in her right side. Millie’s neurologist put her on Cytosar (a chemotherapy drug) which she received every month and also upped her Prednisone dosage.
At the urging of her grandma, Millie’s parents brought her to IPC in October 2014 where she met with Dr. Zenoni. Millie started coming once weekly for exercise, massage, underwater treadmill and acupuncture sessions. Since she had so many therapies in a day, her parents opted to board her with us and she quickly became a staff favorite! Millie is an independent lady who prefers to do things her own way. Even though she may walk a little goofy, she knows exactly where she’s going and has a plan on how to get there.
Millie’s gentle disposition and determination has made her a joy to work with. She is up for anything and actually had to be kept back in the beginning from attempting too advanced exercises! She melts for her massage and absolutely loves doing cavalettis (she’d do them all day if we let her)! Even though we’re happy that she’s doing so well that she only has to come in once a month, we’re also a little sad we don’t get to see her as often.
“Had we not found IPC, we aren’t sure where Millie would be and hate to think what the outcome might have been. IPC has taught us so much about therapy and showed us how we could better assist Millie”
–Kelly, Millie’s mom
So far, Millie has been able to maintain her health and can now go down the basement stairs all on her own! She gets Prednisone every other day, receives Cytosar every 5-6 weeks and comes for acupuncture monthly. She absolutely LOVES going on walks and playing with their kitten and other dogs. Her parents report that they continue to see small progress every few months.
“Her demeanor and perseverance through all of this has been unbelievable; she is so happy and so loving. We are truly blessed to have her as ours. She’s definitely taught us a lot about life, resilience and determination. ”
Make a difference!
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. Millie has asked us to tell you about Bialy’s Wellness Foundation.
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.
Edgar was diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy (DM) almost a year ago, which is unfortunately common among the corgi breed. DM is a progressive disease of the spinal cord which begins with the loss of coordination in the hind limbs. While there is no known cure, a lot can be done to strengthen the front end and keep the dog more comfortable as the disease progresses.
Edgar joined the IPC family earlier this Summer when his mom was exploring ways to help keep him strong. He met with Dr. Zenoni and Emma to create a specific treatment plan which included twice weekly underwater treadmill and laser sessions. His parents were also taught some exercises to do at home and some adjustments were made to his cart to keep him cruising comfortably (and in style)!
“Although DM often feels like a terrible curse, it has bonded he and I together in a way that probably wouldn’t have happened otherwise”
-Laura, Edgar’s mom
Integrative Pet Care is excited to welcome Erin Kowalski to our team! Erin has worked closely with IPC for several years, first as client and colleague and now as a massage therapist and animal rehabilitation therapist in training. You may recognize her as the founder of Bialy’s Wellness Foundation and as (now-officially) mom to Josh!
Erin has always been passionate about helping dogs and started volunteering with Chicagoland animal rescues by transporting dogs from high-kill shelters to safety and walking dogs who never got the chance to get out of their crates to exercise. She quickly found her place as a permanent foster parent to many puppies. Over the past 8 years she has opened her home to 76 foster dogs and founded Bialy’s Wellness Foundation.
Her initial interest in canine massage came from working with rescue animals. After discussing and researching the benefits of canine massage and how it could help the wonderful dogs in the rescue community, Erin enrolled in the Advanced Certification program at Chicago School of Canine Massage and completed the amazingly influential course in 2011.