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December 2019- Mardi

7 days ago · · Comments Off on December 2019- Mardi · Chicago's Patient of the Month, Homer Glen, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , , ,

Mardi

Mardi’s story starts off almost 14 years ago when she was transferred to Illinois from New Orleans by West Suburban Humane Society during Hurricane Katrina.   Four month old Mardi was adopted by her family on New Year’s Eve.   Her family says she has a strong stubborn streak, but is the sweetest dog done without a mean bone in her body.
Last May Mardi became unable to walk and a radiograph revealed an abnormality on her spine, which her family feared to be cancer.

She was referred to Purdue University Small Animal Hospital, where it was discovered that she had cervical IVDD, so a ventral slot decompression of C6-7 was performed.  Mardi had a very rough recovery and developed aspirate pneumonia after surgery, which lead to a week long hospitalization in the ICU.  And if that wasn’t enough, she also tore her cranial cruciate ligament (CCL).  Her owners never gave up on her though and nursed her back to health.

Mardi was referred to Integrative Pet Care of Homer Glen where she met with her new team, Dr. Annie Ubatuba and Michelle.  Dr. Annie noted during her evaluation that she was incredibly weak and did not have the ability to stand on her own.   A rehabilitation program was created which included acupuncture, underwater treadmill, massage, laser, and exercise.  She was also fitted for a stifle (knee) brace to address her CCL tear.

“Despite being older, Mardi has such a strong fighting spirit. It’s inspiring to see her get stronger and feistier the more she comes to see us.  Although she might not always be the biggest fan of sitting still for a laser or massage session, the therapies plus the orthotic have helped her come a long way.   I look forward to seeing the progress she continues to make.” -Michelle

Make A Difference

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Mardi has asked us to tell you about the organization that saved her life, West Suburban Humane Society.

The West Suburban Humane Society (WSHS) is a volunteer-based, animal welfare organization that was founded in 1972 as a lost-and-found referral service.  A dedicated volunteer base and the retained service of several veterinarians has allowed us to save the lives of and give 600 homeless animals each year new homes.  We continue to reunite lost animals and their families by maintaining a database with information on over 33,000 pets and their owners, and by providing free pet identification tags.

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November 2019- Bailey

4 weeks ago · · Comments Off on November 2019- Bailey · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Bailey

Bailey came to Integrative Pet Care Homer Glen in April 2019 after a rough recovery from tibial tuberosity advancement (TTA) surgery to repair his torn right cranial cruciate ligament (CCL).  Bailey recovered well from a previous surgery in 2016 to repair his torn left CCL, so his owner knew he had to do something.    After reading reviews about our clinic, Dave decided to make an evaluation where he met with Dr. Amber Ihrke.   In that first appointment it was noted that Bailey was non-weight bearing on his right rear leg and was very uncomfortable with examination of the right knee, which had been this way for months. 

Our goals were to address his discomfort and start his recovery to a functional gait.  After being put on oral anti-inflammatory medication, supplements, going home with an Assisi loop, and coming to us for laser therapy, he started feeling better.  Once his pain was under control, Bailey was able to move onto active therapies like underwater treadmill and therapeutic exercises.

“Bailey, who has a reputation for being quite the ladies’ man, quickly became an IPC favorite” says Tiffany.  He is always happy, always smiling, and always beyond thrilled to be at IPC hanging out with his therapists and his good attitude is contagious.  According to Michelle, “Katie, Tiffany, and I have to fight to have him on our schedule, but are glad to see him in the building regardless of who has him!”

“With an aggressive rehabilitation program over the course of 4 months, Bailey went from only placing about 3% body weight (normal 20%) on his right rear limb to 15%!  Bailey was able to return to a functional 4-limb gait and his comfort is much improved!” -Dr. Ihrke 

“Bailey has come a long way in his treatment plan, both in overall attitude and range of motion.  He continues to make small improvements, as well as maintain the strength and flexibility he gained by continuing to see us as part of his maintenance plan.   It’s amazing what you can get a big ole’ lab to do for peanut butter and beef liver!” -Katie

“The amazing team at IPC have many tools in their bag to help with just about any disorder or problem.  Don’t give up on your pet without taking them to IPC first, they deserve a second opinion and second chance!  Bailey is living a normal life with little to no pain, and I feel he will remain that way for the rest of his life thanks to IPC.” -Dave

Here are some videos of Bailey:

Bailey rocking it in the underwater treadmill!

Bailey enjoying the great outdoors!

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October 2019- Benji

2 months ago · · Comments Off on October 2019- Benji · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , ,

Benji

12 week old Benji joined his family in May 2019, and after only 1 week at his new home he suffered a terrible accident.  Benji jumped onto a blanket on the couch and slid off onto the floor.  His family rushed him to Premier Veterinary Group in Orland Park.  Benji had unfortunately broken both of his elbows, which required extensive surgery.

The Surgeon had serious concerns in regards to what his surgery would entail and the unknown outcome if the surgery was a success. He had Bilateral Medial Humeral Condyle fractures which required his elbows to be repaired with pins and screws.  Luckily the surgery was a success and Benji was up on his feet in two days! His family was ready to do whatever it took to get him up and acting like a puppy again.

Benji’s was referred to Dr. Amber Ihrke at Integrative Pet Care of Homer Glen by his surgeon, Dr. Alexander El-Warrak, and his family couldn’t be happier with the outcome.  After meeting with his rehab team, Benji was prescribed a treatment program that consisted of swimming and therapeutic exercises.  After 8 weeks of therapy, Benji had a full recovery of his elbow range of motion, increased muscle mass in his front limbs, improved flexibility in his front limbs and most importantly, did not show any signs of lameness.  “It was amazing to see him make such significant improvements session after session! Although he wasn’t a fan of the water, all was forgiven with Benji once the beef liver treats were pulled out.  He loved doing exercises for snacks and was so brave with all of the equipment! Patients like Benji help remind me exactly why I started in this field, and so he will forever be one of my favorite patients!” -Michelle

“From the start Jill (patient services coordinator) has been wonderful! She coordinated all of our appointments and most importantly sent us reminders and followed up on visits. It was an overwhelming time and I appreciated her being so on top of things. Michelle was so patient with Benji throughout the entire process. She truly has a gift and is in the right profession. Michelle did an amazing job explaining the goals for therapy and devised a specific home exercise program. I always left feeling like I learned something new to improve the healing process”. -Jessica, Benji’s mom

Benji’s family would like to spread the message of Never Give Up.  “Benji’s surgery and recovery were not easy and it definitely was not cheap. Money comes and goes, but giving him the chance at life and the endless amount of joy he brings to us everyday is priceless. Looking at Benji today we feel inspired- we can hardly believe how far he has come in such a short amount of time. He truly is a success story and you never know what’s possible, but love and hope can go a long way.”

Make a difference

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

 T.L.C. has served the community as a private, non-profit, humane society, dedicated to the prevention of abuse, neglect, and cruelty to animals. The shelter provides refuge for an average of three to four thousand animals yearly.

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September 2019- Lily

3 months ago · · Comments Off on September 2019- Lily · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , , ,

Lily

Lily came to us after a two month history of right rear lameness that was diagnosed as a cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) injury and a patellar luxation. By using a stance analyzer, we were able to determine that Lily was only putting 5% of her body weight on her right rear limb (normal is 20%).  Her owners wanted to try a conservative treatment option to see if we could get Lily to walk better.  Her therapeutic plan over 8 weeks consisted of pain management modalities and osteoarthritis disease-modifying medication.  At the end of her plan, Lily showed no lameness and improved her weight-bearing on the left rear limb to 23%!  Lily is a great example of how conservative management with some knee injuries can lead to excellent outcomes.  

“Lily is a sweet, rambunctious dog with a lot of personality in a little package. Despite not liking the water at all, she walked in the underwater treadmill very well, and it was amazing to see how much she progressed over 8 weeks despite her stubborn attitude!”          -Michelle, Lily’s therapist

Lily’s story starts in 2015 when she was adopted from Indiana Petite Paws Rescue Angels.  “Lily was a tiny, six-year-old little girl who only weighed four pounds.  She was spoiled and did not want to share her new home with another dog as she was used to being the only child.  While she likes to play with toys and fetch, she also likes to snuggle under the covers and watch TV.  Lily is she is a ‘diva dog’ who does not like cold or rainy weather since it spoils her hair.” -Carol

When Lily started experiencing lameness, her parents booked an appointment right away at Integrative Pet Care Homer Glen since they had a great experience at the Chicago location with a previous dog.  They hoped to treat her condition conservatively to avoid surgery.

“After 4 weeks her progress was impressive, and after an additional 4 she was almost back to normal.  We cannot thank the Integrative Pet Care staff enough!” -Carol

Make a difference

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

Our goal is to provide families with a special needs pet that may need equipment, such as a cart, orthotic or prosthetic device in order to live an independent and full life. Our mission is only possible through generous donations from our supporters. Please consider making a donation so that we can continue to provide assistance to animals in need.

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August 2019- Beau Jangles & Coco Chanel

4 months ago · · Comments Off on August 2019- Beau Jangles & Coco Chanel · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , , ,

Meet the fantastic French Bulldog pair, Beau Jangles & Coco Chanel.  These two seem to capture everyone’s hearts wherever they go and IPC is no exception. They are so popular that therapists Katie, Tiffany and Michelle “fight” over who gets to see them!

Beau Jangles came to us with left rear lameness.  It was determined that the cause was cranial cruciate disease and medial patellar luxation which would require surgery to correct.   Beau had a tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO) surgery and started therapy within days.  He did excellent with his treatment program and was back to almost full weight bearing within eight weeks!

Coco was diagnosed with  bilateral hip dysplasia.  While rehabilitation cannot reverse hip dysplasia and osteoarthritis, targeted therapy can address pain, compensatory issues and improve gait biomechanics. Coco was prescribed weekly sessions of underwater treadmill, therapeutic laser, massage, therapeutic exercises and Adequan injections.  After an eight week program, she was not only more comfortable, but was able to go on 20 minute walks with only occasional lameness.

“It was amazing to see how fast Beau  recovered from his TPLO surgery with rehab, and even though Coco’s hips are terrible on x-ray, you would never tell by looking at her since she runs around like a maniac!” – Michelle, BS, CVT

“The day they successfully completed their rehabilitation programs was the happiest and most devastating day for us.  We were all excited that they were back to normal function, but also sad that they wouldn’t be able to see them weekly anymore! We are all counting the days until their 30 day rechecks” -Tiffany, CCRA

Kris brought Coco home after losing her beloved Boston Terrier, Gizmo.  Despite her initial sweet demeanor, Coco went from cute and cuddly to a fun loving and crazy girl within the first couple months.  Later, Kris decided that Coco needed a friend and brought Beau home who has been calm and loving since he was a puppy.  “Although Beau can give Coco a run for her money, she is the alpha dog who demands all the toys to be her own”. -Kris

After Coco was diagnosed with hip dysplasia, I was looking for alternative care and got very excited with all that IPC has to offer, especially in terms of pain management. These are all the things I would absolutely and do for myself, so having it available for my beloved dogs is fantastic! -Kris


Beau and Coco have since graduated from their formal programs, but their home exercise programs are crucial to their continual success.  “Their mom does great with their home programs, which is hard with one dog let alone two!” -Katie, CVT, CCRVN, CVPP

Everyone treated us like we were their most important clients.  When Dr. Amber got right on the floor with Beau instead of putting him on a cold metal table, I knew I made the right choice.   Her clothes were even covered in fur from her other patients which showed me that she cared- that meant the world to me. 

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July 2019- Brady

5 months ago · · Comments Off on July 2019- Brady · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation, Weight Loss ·, , , , , , , , ,

Brady’s love for launching himself off a deck after birds landed him at the vet’s office to repair one of his bilateral torn cranial cruciate ligaments (CCL) last fall.  At the suggestion of their daughter, who is a physical therapist, Brady’s parents made an appointment at Integrative Pet Care- Homer Glen.

Brady had surgery on his right stifle (knee) first and when that was strong enough, he went under to repair the left. “From the first day we saw him post operation, he was doing amazing! Thanks to the rehabilitation of his right leg, his recovery was much quicker and now both legs are stronger than ever” says therapist Michelle.

Another aspect of Brady’s program was weight loss which he accomplished under the care of therapist Katie who is a Purina Weight Coach- “he really is a great example of how weight loss can greatly improve the recovery process”.

What a difference you made to Brady’s life.  He loved his visits and has gained back almost all mobility that he had before surgery. -Brady’s mom

You would never know it today, but Brady was a ‘monster’ when he was little! With lots of training, he calmed down and transformed into a friendly and sweet dog.

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June 2019- Moose

6 months ago · · Comments Off on June 2019- Moose · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , ,

Moose

Moose an 11 year old Labrador Retriever who had surgery for a torn cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) in 2015.  His recovery was not going well, so his mom did research and found Integrative Pet Care of Homer Glen.

Moose met with the IPC HG team and a formal rehabilitation plan was created which included underwater treadmill, therapeutic exercise, massage, and laser therapy.  Once completed, a maintenance program, which consisted of underwater treadmill and laser, was recommended to address his arthritis.

“Integrative Pet Care has helped in so many ways; his movement strength and all around attitude has improved” says his mom Kim.  Best of all, Moose is back to his favorite activity, swimming!

“It’s always a pleasure to start my Saturday mornings with Moose as he’s always in a good mood and is beyond excited to see me!  We have been helping him remain comfort, improve range of motion, and increase weight bearing on his left hind leg.  He is one of our sweetest, happiest, most loving, and high energy patients.  He’s an old man who is young at heart” -Tiffany

One thing is very clear when it comes to Moose, he’s just one happy guy who has a love for life. “I started working here when Moose began his third maintenance plan.  It was amazing to see how much he still liked coming to see us. It’s a good feeling to know that rehab can continue to benefit a dog’s life.” -Michelle

Make a difference!

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

T.L.C. has served the community as a private, non-profit, humane society, dedicated to the prevention of abuse, neglect, and cruelty to animals. The shelter provides refuge for an average of three to four thousand animals yearly.

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May 2019- Jay Jay

7 months ago · · Comments Off on May 2019- Jay Jay · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , ,

“We adopted Jay Jay through an animal rescue on August 16th, 2018 when he was 8 months old, because I was 5 months pregnant and wanted a companion.  We saw him on petfinder a few months prior and once a few other things fell through, we went for it when we saw he was still available.  He was my best friend and stayed by my side throughout the remainder of my pregnancy, but I knew something was wrong with him. He cried when we would pick him up and he wouldn’t jump, which was weird since he was a puppy.

After seeing 2 different doctors, he was diagnosed with Legg-Calvé-Perthes Disease.  A Femoral Head Osteotomy (FHO) surgery was scheduled 10 days before I gave birth. His surgeon recommended rehabilitation, which would be beneficial for his recovery.  I used to work at an animal Hospital who referred to IPC Homer Glen, so I knew it would be a good place for him.” -Jay Jay’s mom 

“Jay Jay came to us with a history of not being able to walk on his back legs for a few months…in fact, sometimes he would only walk on his front legs! We created an intensive therapy program which consisted of manual therapy, hydrotherapy, and therapeutic ultrasound.  After 2 weeks he was consistently walking on his rear legs, within 4 weeks he was always walking on his rear legs, and 8 weeks later he was running and playing in the yard.” -Dr. Amber Ihrke

 I am totally blown away by his recovery and the results we were able to achieve.  He is such a little champ!!! -IPC therapist Tiffany

Jay has come very long way since starting with us. His sessions were so stressful since he had been in pain for so long that he would not allow anyone to touch him. As his program progressed, his pain level decreased and his mobility increased.  Now when he comes to see us, he jumps in my lap and give kisses. This is not something he would have done at the start and it was amazing to see the transformation in him just by making him feel better! -IPC therapist Katie 

I truly believe if it weren’t for the wonderful staff at IPC he wouldn’t be walking, let alone running on all 4 legs today.

Make a difference!

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

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April 2019- Buddy

8 months ago · · Comments Off on April 2019- Buddy · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , , ,

Buddy

When the Stroup’s became empty nesters, they decided a companion animal would be a great additional their family, specifically a beagle.  Buddy came from a reputable breeder in 2009 who had already socialized him with cats and children.  He was a healthy dog until he tore both of his cranial cruciate ligaments (CCLs).   Integrative Pet Care’s services were recommended by his surgeon at MedVet Chicago to speed up his recovery.

“We first met Buddy in early October 2018 following a tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO) procedure on his left rear leg. As he would also require another TPLO on the right side, it was advised he begin a rehabilitation program with weight loss in order to achieve the most successful outcome possible. Despite some residual post-operative stifle edema (swelling) and areas of discomfort elsewhere on his body due to the changes in his bio-mechanics, Buddy always seemed pretty happy to come in for his rehab visits!” -Dr. Melissa Trupia

After his second surgery, Buddy was prescribed an 8 week treatment plan which included therapeutic laser, massage, dry-needling, manual therapy, underwater treadmill, and therapeutic exercises.  “Buddy came in after each of his knee surgeries which were performed roughly a month apart with significant bruising, swelling, and heat present at his knees.  Laser therapy was performed at his first visit and significant improvements observed by his owners and therapists.  At his second visit, there was a significant decrease in heat, swelling, and bruising leading me to term him the ‘laser poster dog.’ -Tiffany, Buddy’s main therapist

“After completing his formal treatment plan, Buddy continued with a maintenance plan to continue working on his sit posture, strengthening his rear limbs and improving his overall mobility during walks.  Buddy is now walking around without showing signs of pain or discomfort in his rear limbs.” -Valerie

The staff at IPC has been informative and caring and Buddy gets excited when we are driving there!

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March 2019- Pearl

9 months ago · · Comments Off on March 2019- Pearl · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , ,

Pearl

Pearl came to Integrative Pet Care Homer Glen in September 2018 following a hemilaminectomy (spinal cord surgery), which left her unable to use her rear limbs.  The prognosis was poor for Pearl to walk again, but we knew that our therapies could improve her quality of life.

Pearl was prescribed laser therapy and massage by Dr. Amber Ihrke to help her recover post surgery.  Her owners were also shown how to use electrical stimulation with an NMES (neuromuscular e-stim) unit to strengthen her rear limbs at home.  NMES stimulates nerves and muscles to prevent muscle atrophy (muscle mass loss) and strengthen specific muscles.

“Unfortunately, over time it became apparent that she may not regain use of her rear limbs. We discussed placing her in a cart with her owners, and after some time they agreed that is was the right choice. And was it ever- Pearl has not slowed down since!” -Katie

Although Pearl did not regain use of her rear limbs after surgery, she now runs around and has complete independent mobility in her cart.  Pearl’s cart gives her the freedom she needs to live a happy and healthy life. -Valerie

“The fabulous team of Dr. Amber, Dr. Melissa, Katie, and Valerie were there to help us.  Professional, caring and knowledgeable are just a few of the adjectives we would use to describe them.   They guided us through all the treatments, teaching us what we needed to know in how to care of our Pearl. Today, Pearl still takes walks and runs, but now in her ‘Hot Wheel Cart’.  Sometimes we can’t even keep up with her!!   She is able to run through her yard and participate in all the things she could before her injury, including tons of hugs and kisses.  THANK YOU to all at Integrative Pet Care.  We don’t know what we would have done without you.” -Pearl’s owner

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Pearl has asked us to tell you about the shelter she was adopted from, Tender Loving Care Animal Shelter.

T.L.C. has served the community as a private, non-profit, humane society, dedicated to the prevention of abuse, neglect, and cruelty to animals. The shelter provides refuge for an average of three to four thousand animals yearly.

 

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