Duke is a dutch shepherd/black lab mix who tore his cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) over a year ago. His surgery had to be postponed since his dad David was was stationed in Germany at the time. Once he arrived home, Duke was off to see Dr. Abell at VCA Aurora where a tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO) surgery was performed.
David knew how import rehabilitation was post surgery so he did his homework and chose Integrative Pet Care because of their certified staff. “After 4 weeks of sleeping on a mattress on the floor in the basement with Duke, we had our first Integrative Pet Care appointment. The massage therapist was amazing and I could definitely tell Duke felt really relaxed and comfortable with her. It was a perfect way to introduce Duke to the IPC program and later we started the underwater treadmill and laser therapies. I have to say I noticed an IMMEDIATE improvement in his gait after laser sessions. Duke loves the water so every time we came, he would head straight for the tank hoping he was going to get to play in the water.” -David
David and Duke were eager to get him back to his favorite activity, swimming, so once he was cleared by the surgeon, he was off to the pool! The duo recently moved to Switzerland where Duke is able to to swim at least once weekly outside and he loves every minute of it. Even though David notices the occasional limp when Duke’s been overly active, he says that he is doing 100% better than he ever thought.
“Duke and his dad have been great to work with and Duke is doing fantastic after rehabilitation. Duke has been able to return to all of his normal activities and his dad will be using techniques he learned here to continue therapies in their new home. We wish them safe travels and lots of adventures in the future!” – Dr. Jennifer Blake
Shinto is a 12-year-old Shiba Inu who was previously very active. He earned titles in both AKC agility and coursing. Shinto was doing quite well until last February, when he suddenly fell to the ground and yelped out in pain. He was quickly taken to the emergency vet after he was unable to get up and walk on his own.
After having x-rays and blood work, Shinto was referred for an MRI where he was diagnosed with a Fibrocartilaginous Embolism (FCE), which is a blockage in the blood vessels of the spinal cord. He presented with ataxia of the hind limbs and knuckling of the rear paws. Rehabilitation was recommended and Shinto started right away. A program was prescribed that included underwater treadmill, acupuncture & chiropractic, therapeutic exercise/massage, and laser therapy. Shinto’s owner felt that choosing to apply all the different types of therapies available has allowed Shinto to continue with his active lifestyle.
“Shinto has done wonderful with the prescribed program and he now plays, uses the stairs and does not knuckle with his rear paws as he did before.” –Dr. Arlene Rodriguez, DVM, CCRT
Because of all his hard work, Shinto was able to return to competing in nosework! He has earned his NW1 & NW2 titles. He is currently working on his NW3 thanks to his ongoing therapy.
“He is a STAR in the underwater treadmill and has improved so much with his rehabilitation that he has been able to return to his beloved nosework classes.” -Susan Trchka, PT, CCRT
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Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. Shinto has asked us to tell you about Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue.
Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit rescue that seeks out, fosters, and places homeless Shiba Inu dogs into carefully screened, lifelong, and nurturing homes. MSIR serves Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri areas.
In her first few months of life, Sookey was sick with puppy strangles, or juvenile cellulitis, and was nursed back to health by her loving foster mom. While in remission for puppy strangles, Sookey was diagnosed with hip dysplasia at 7 months of age. She recently completed an 8 week therapy program with Integrative Pet Care Hanover Park that primarily included underwater treadmill, exercise therapy, and laser therapy. She works hard for her peanut butter Kong! While we have seen improvement in her hips, Sookey will be continuing with another 8 week program.
“Sookey has been a wonderful patient and it has been a pleasure working with her and watching her improve. Sookey’s progress has shown that rehabilitation is an option and can be beneficial if surgery is not feasible. I am looking forward to working with her in the future.” -Dr. Jennifer Blake, DVM, CVA, CCRT
At home, Sookey loves to run and play with the squeakiest toys she can find and insists on greeting all the dogs in the neighborhood. She is currently in the 2nd level of training classes and recently became a proud big sister to baby Adeline! She is already a great protector and always keeps an eye on her new best friend.
“I started working with Sookey in February to help build up her hind limb muscles due to hip dysplasia. Sookey does an excellent job walking in the underwater treadmill. She learned quickly that a peanut butter kong helps make the time go by faster when she is getting her laser therapy! Sookey’s Mom and Dad are doing a great job with her at home!” -Anna, CVT, CCRA
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Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. Sookey has asked us to tell you about Almost Home Foundation.
“We are an all volunteer, registered, not-for-profit 501c3 charitable organization dedicated to rescuing stray and abandoned cats and dogs. Our primary focus is to save those animals from our local area.”
“We got MaeBelle from a local breeder when she was 9 weeks old. She is a very sweet and loving girl…all of our nieces, nephews and grandchildren tell her ‘no Mae – Mae stop’ because she can’t stop kissing them! Mae likes to take long walks, play with tennis balls, and swim when we go camping and boating. Because of her activity level, we were caught unaware with her diagnosis of hip dysplasia in January, as she never had a prolonged period of limping or lameness. We are still not sure what triggered her limping, but we are very grateful to her primary care veterinarian who believes she was most likely born with it.
We had worked with Integrative Pet Care in the past, so we did not hesitate to bring MaeBelle in to see Dr. Starr. The care she received has been extraordinary! Every treatment is broken down so we can understand it, but more importantly it’s tailor made so that Mae’s hips can tolerate it.
In the time she has been receiving treatment, we have noticed an improvement in her mobility that we didn’t even notice she was missing. She is now playing more with our other dog and is really enjoying our walks. A HUGE thank you to her team for being so patient with her and us, and for teaching us what we need to help keep MaeBelle healthy and happy…and slimmer!” -Laura, MaeBelle’s mom
“MaeBelle and her family have been such a pleasure to work with. She has shown tremendous improvement in her comfort in her hips, strength in her hind legs, overall fitness level, and her gait after just eight weeks of physical rehabilitation. These improvements have translated into a much happier and more active dog, and are a testament to the hard work of her owners as well as how much physical rehabilitation can improve the quality of life and function for dogs with hip dysplasia. We are thrilled that MaeBelle is able to start doing more normal activities like swimming, and are looking forward to being part of her continued success.” –Dr. Lisa Starr
“I have had the pleasure of working with MaeBelle since January of this year to help improve strength in her hind limbs due to hip dysplasia. MaeBelle has been a STAR patient throughout her therapy- she always comes to therapy ready to work!” –Anna, MaeBelle’s therapist
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Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. MaeBelle has asked us to tell you about as Good as Gold.
As Good as Gold – Golden Retriever Rescue of Illinois is dedicated to the rescue, care and adoption of Golden Retrievers and golden mixes who are in need. In addition, As Good as Gold educates Golden Retriever guardians and the general public about the importance of spaying/neutering, positive training methods, diet and exercise, appropriate medical treatment and humane care.
Paulina was picked up, along with a sibling, as a stray from California. Even though she and her sister were marked as a bonded pair, which means the shelter likes to have them rescued together, another rescue took her sister and left her behind. The reason? She could barely walk as her back legs could not bend. Chicagoland Eskie Rescue brought her to Chicago where Dr. Aaron Jackson of MedVet Chicago, diagnosed and performed the surgery for bilateral grade 4/4 luxating patellas. After 8 weeks of pen rest, MedVet Chicago recommended Integrative Pet Care for her rehabilitation.
“When we first began with IPC, Paulina would not use her back left leg and did not have the leg strength to walk on hardwood floors. IPC worked with Paulina for 10 weeks. Her therapies included exercise, laser, underwater treadmill, and chiropractic sessions, as well as daily at-home sessions with her foster family. Paulina now walks (and runs) with all four legs and her muscle mass has increased significantly, allowing her to handle hardwood flooring like a champ!” -Chicagoland Eskie Rescue
“The doctors and staff at Integrative are some of the best in the business. They genuinely care for each animal, set realistic goals for the patients and support the owners throughout the entire process.”
“Paulina’s positive attitude and high energy has made working with her very easy! She enjoys doing her therapeutic exercises, especially when she gets freeze dried liver!” -Anna Alberth, CVT, CCRA
“Paulina came to us after having bilateral lateral luxation stabilization surgery. At the time of her Initial Evaluation she was front loading and not bearing much weight on her rear legs. Her response to therapies has been tremendous and she is finally bearing 99% weight on her hind legs! Thanks to the dedication of the rescue Paulina is ready to find her furever home!” -Dr. Arlene Rodriguez, DVM, CCRT
“After a rigorous rehab program we are proud to say Paulina is now taking applications for her furever home! Paulina’s temperament is pure love. Her favorite things to do include belly rubs and walks, which she never was able to enjoy before her surgery. She gets along with other dogs, but would also be a great dog for someone with limited dog experience. For more information or to request an application, please email us at CERApplications@gmail.com.”
Make a difference!
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. Paulina has asked us to tell you about Chicagoland Eskie Rescue.
Chicagoland Eskie Rescue, specializing in American Eskimo Dog Rescue & Re-Homing was established in January of 2008. The rescue is a recognized 501(c)(3)Non-Profit Organization that is made up entirely of volunteers who are dedicated to provide shelter, care, vetting and an adoption program for abandoned and relinquished American Eskimo Dogs.
“Rocky had a rough start being adopted twice and returned to the shelter both times and before he was 8 months old. When we adopted him at 9 months old from Kay’s Animal Shelter in Arlington Heights, he was clearly worried it was not going to be his forever home, again. Being a Chocolate Lab mix, Rocky was full of puppy energy and just wanted someone to love him so he could love them forever. He loves to ride in the car, go to the dog park (even though that is where he over did it and caused his second surgery), partying and playing with other dogs at Day Camp, romping in the snow and just cuddling up next to a human for some attention.
For five years Rocky attended Day Camp or Day Care (when he was having leg issues) and had every associate wrapped around his finger to take a break and come sit with him in between playing with his canine buddies. Now being six years old, Rocky has already had three surgeries on his rear legs. At just a year old Rocky had luxating patella surgery on his left hind leg, followed by a TPLO surgery on his right hind leg when he was four and then at five he had the TPLO on his left hind leg.
Before his second surgery the surgeon suggested we do some therapy with him to build up the muscles before surgery and that is when we discovered IPC-Hanover Park. Dr. LoGiudice met with us and gave us a plan for Rocky to lose a few pounds and build up the muscle.
We clearly saw a difference in how he was walking and his energy after working with Dr. LoGiudice and Anna.
Post-surgery we went back and did his physical therapy with them as well. Somehow Rocky managed to injure himself on his left hind leg, needing another TPLO. This time Dr. Rodriguez, Katie and Anna at IPC-Hanover Park cared for him. However, surgery was a little tougher on him,
…but thanks to all the care and support from IPC-Hanover Park, Rocky is at about 95% and currently doing a maintenance plan with Laser, Therapeutic Exercise and Underwater Treadmill to continue strengthening the muscles.
When we pull up in the parking lot, Rocky gets so excited to go in and see Shannon at the front desk to check him in and then work with Katie, Anna or Dr. Rodriguez. Rocky’s favorite thing is to go for a “swim” and walk in the Underwater Treadmill.
Rocky is back to his old self of being able to jump into the car so he can go for a ride, walking around the neighborhood and playing with his toys. After all his surgeries and as he gets older, he does also love to be lazy and just go on his bed and take a nap. IPC-Hanover Park is awesome and has helped keep Rocky energetic, even though he was probably born with a couple of weak rear legs.
We love IPC-Hanover Park and all of the staff who take extra special care with their patients and keep them on a speedy road to recovery every step of the way. Thanks IPC-Hanover Park!!
-Todd & Christine Bermann
“I have been so fortunate to have worked with Rocky, who is the kind of dog that enjoys life and wants to please. You can just feel the bond between Rocky and “his people”. If anything, our challenge as his rehabilitation team has been to channel Rocky’s exuberance to help him rehabilitate each of his knees and he is doing great!”
– Dr. Rosemary LoGiudice DVM, DACVSMR, CCRT, CVA, CVSMT “Rocky is quite the trooper. Always happy to see IPC staff and his owners are great at keeping up with his exercises. Keep it up Rocky!”
– Katie Sulzmann CVMRT, ATC “Rocky is a pleasure to work with! He always comes for therapy with his tail wagging and ready to work. Rocky learned early on that doing therapy means getting lots of treats! Rocky’s owners are extremely dedicated to his rehab from TPLO surgery and it shows. Through diet and exercise Rocky as lost 10 pounds during his course of rehab. Keep up the great work Chris, Todd and Rocky!”
We are very proud and excited to announce that Dr. Rosemary LoGiudice has passed her examination and is now board certified by the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (DACVSMR). Congratulations, Dr. Rosie!
We are also very proud to congratulate Dr. Rosemary LoGiudice for receiving the 2016 John J. Sherman, III award for Excellence in the Field of Veterinary Rehabilitation! Dr. LoGiudice received this award from the American Association for Rehabilitation Veterinarians at the 2016 NAVC Conference in Orlando.
Charlie, is a female, and was born June 15, 2000. She was a rescue from A.D.O.P.T., (Animals Deserving Of Proper Treatment), located in Naperville, IL. Charlie was fostered thru A.D.O.P.T. and brought to Petsmart in Bloomingdale, IL. When we adopted her at 9 months old weighing a slender 23 pounds. Has a striking resemblance of a dear pet we owned that had crossed the Rainbow Bridge 2 years prior. We were told Charlie, her original name, is a husky, terrier mix due to her pink & black “butterfly” nose, one blue and one brown eye and her curled tail like that of a husky. We have been blessed with this wonderful pet for the past 15 ½ years of our lives. Charlie shares her attention with two siblings, Robyn an 8 year old female shepherd, golden retriever mix and Jin an 11 year old male mini pinscher. All three play well together.
Charlie fortunately has had a healthy life. No traumatic incidents thankfully and only one medical condition, seizures, discovered in August 2008. Fortunately with a correct diagnosis, medication and a great supportive staff at the Animal Hospital of Streamwood her seizures have been dormant for several years now.
As with most of us, getting older tends to take a toll on our bodies as it does our pets. Charlie had been having a difficult time getting up and maneuvering comfortably as when she was younger.
She was given multiple joint supplements along with pain and anti-inflammatory medication to provide her with comfort due to her diagnosed arthritis in her hips and lower back. She was provided with comfort from these treatments for some time. As she aged her abilities began to diminish at which point we brought our concerns to our clinic in Streamwood when they advised us of Integrative Pet Care in Hanover Park that provided advanced physical therapies to pets suffering from arthritis among other ailments.
I felt very fortunate that this clinic, one of only three in the state, was so close to our home and knew I had no other choice or Charlie’s quality of life would only worsen. Not knowing what to expect I went to Integrative Pet Care and had Charlie evaluated and put on a two month physical therapy rehabilitation program. Charlie was provided 6 disciplines recommended by her doctor, Laser treatment, Acupuncture, Underwater Treadmill, Chiropractic treatment, Massage therapy and Exercises. Charlie was essentially being put through a program much like an adult in a hospital setting, how could I go wrong?
At the end of her second week of therapy there was a huge noticeable difference in her condition. Charlie was getting up and maneuvering so much better than she had before. I can’t speak highly enough about the staff at Integrative Pet Care and what a difference they have made in Charlie’s health. I firmly believe without their help Charlie would not be with us today.
Charlie is now in her 4th week of her second treatment plan, a maintenance program to maintain her abilities achieved from her therapies at IPC. I am very grateful for the staff at the Animal Hospital of Streamwood for recommending IPC and I am very grateful for what the staff at IPC has done for Charlie.
“Charlie is such a sweet girl and we are always thrilled to see her as well as her Dad when they come in for her therapy sessions. He provides us with great stories and she keeps impressing us with her improved strength and mobility! Charlie is a wonderful example of how physical rehabilitation can improve quality of life, comfort, and mobility in our geriatric patients. Knowing you have given an owner more time with their beloved pet is one of the most rewarding parts of our jobs.”
– Lisa Starr DVM, CCRP, CVA, CVSMT
“Charlie has made quite the turn around. When she first came to IPC she had a very hard time getting around-standing up, changing directions and was falling often. Now, she is much more independently mobile and when she gets going she is going. She is a very strong willed pup and fun to work with.”
– Katie Sulzmann CVMRT, ATC
“I met Charlie back in October when she came in for her initial exam. Watching her walk into the room, I knew she was uncomfortable and needed our help! It’s amazing to see the improvements Charlie has made over the last few months! Charlie’s owners have been extremely dedicated to her therapy and it shows! Keep up the great work Charlie! “
A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter is located in Naperville, IL. We are a private, “no-kill”, non-profit organization that provides temporary shelter and care to dogs and cats in search of their forever home. Finding homes for our voiceless animals is a priority for us.
Please consider making a donation to A.D.O.P.T., it would make Charlie’s day!
Sizzle is a 4 1/2 year old Keeshond. She had FHO (Femoral Head Osteotomy) surgery when she was 4 months old and went through rehab
with Dr. Lisa Starr afterwards. She somehow reinjured that area while in the yard on 7-31-15.
“We’ve been working with Dr. Starr ever since because Sizzle is a very competitive in Obedience and Agility. Sizzle was in so much pain that Dr. Starr told us she could get her out of pain, but didn’t know if she would ever be able to do performance events again. We wanted to be able to get Sizzle back to doing what she loves.
Sizzle shows in the top level of Agility and is half way to her Master Agility Championship (MACH). Prior to her injury, she was also ready to show in the top level of Obedience after earning many placements in Obedience trials. It has been a long recovery since we want to get her back to such a competitive level.
Everyone at IPC has been wonderful! Sizzle loves to come to her appointments! She is very happy to be able to play with our other dogs again. Hopefully, she will be able to enter a dock diving competition next summer. Great news for us is that Sizzle gets to show in an Agility Trial in mid-January at a lower jump height!
I want to give a special thanks to Dr. Lisa Starr and Katie Sulzmann for all their hard work. They are the best!!! We wouldn’t be where we are today without them.”
“Sizzle and her Mom, Joy, are such a wonderful team to work with! Joy is so dedicated to making sure Sizzle is comfortable, fit, and able to enjoy life with all of the zest she brings to it. After Sizzle re-injured her left hip in early August of this year, we were concerned about whether she would be able to resume agility again since she had an FHO surgery on that hip as a puppy. Through Joy’s dedication to Sizzle’s massage, stretching, and strengthening exercises at home as well as bringing her in regularly for her physical rehabilitation sessions, we are thrilled to see Sizzle looking stronger than ever on her left hind leg. We’ll all be cheering them on as they plan a return to the agility ring later this month!”
-Dr. Starr, Sizzle’s IPC vet
“I have had the pleasure of doing Sizzle’s underwater treadmill and laser therapies since August. When I started working with her she was partially weight bearing on her left rear leg and was in quite a bit of pain. But she has made tremendous progress! She is performing advanced exercises in the underwater treadmill and is now able to resume her and her mom’s favorite activity, Agility! There is not a treatment session that goes by where Sizzle doesn’t impress me. Nor is there a session that goes by where she doesn’t make me laugh from her spunky personality.”
Midwest Canine Connection is a 501(c)(3) (pending) non-profit, no-kill, volunteer-run animal rescue. We are dedicated to rescuing animals from shelters that have a high-risk of euthanasia due to overpopulation.
Rex just turned 5 years old this month and he has had quite a journey so far. In December 2011, Rex
needed knee surgery on his right knee. We immediately started post-surgery rehab at IPC in January 2012. Dr. LoGiudice and Anna worked with Rex to strengthen the muscles in his legs by doing various exercises, including the underwater treadmill, and other treatments like acupuncture and therapeutic massage. Cara, Rex’s Mom, diligently continued these exercises at home every day and continuous to do so.
“We bring Rex to IPC a few times a year to get checked and learn new rehab methods. I am convinced that without IPC and without the continuous workouts at home, Rex would not be the happy dog he is today. These treatments have strengthened his legs and are helping to keep his knees in place without the need for any more surgeries. We strongly recommend IPC and encourage everyone in similar situations to take what you learn from the sessions and apply it at home on a regular basis.”
-David, Rex’s dad
“Rex and “his people” have been fantastic! The Fanellas came to the recommendation of Rex’ primary care veterinarian to see if we could help Rex’ knees. It is fun to work with owners as attentive to their pet as are the Fanellas. They work with Rex every day and I can’t think of a patient who is more enthusiastic about his therapeutic exercises than Rex!”
-Dr. Rosemary LoGiudice, Rex’s IPC veterinarian
“Rex is so much fun to work with! He always comes to his Therapeutic Exercise sessions ready to work hard! Cara and David are very dedicated owners and it shows with the progress he has made.”
-Anna, Rex’s IPC therapist