“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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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!
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
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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.
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!”
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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.”
Negley is truly a one of a kind dog who graces us with his presence every Tuesday when he bursts through the front door to greet our patient services coordinators with snorty kisses. On the walk back to our pet lounge, he makes a pit stop into the office to run laps and get even more love.
Negley’s story starts when he was unfortunately born with a congenital malformation of his left elbow. He was luckily adopted by his parents at 6 months old (can you imagine how cute and tiny he was). He was evaluated by 2 different surgeons who determined that his condition would worsen over time which could ultimately lead to the inability to use his leg.
Possible corrective surgery was an option, but his parents decided that it would be too disruptive with an uncertain benefit. They looked into other options and found Integrative Pet Care. Negley quickly became a favorite among staff and usually swims with an audience. When he’s not swimming, he can usually be found hanging out with our therapy aid Caitlin: “to say that Negley brings constant joy and smiles to the entire IPC staff would be the understatement of the century. This little guy is the hardest working and most handsome swimmer who we’re beyond lucky to see every week. He is the perfect mix of feisty fun and calm sweetness that we can all only hope to achieve in our own lives.”
“We were fortunate to find IPC where he has been going now for 4 years which includes a regimen focused on pool sessions to keep the strength up in his elbow. Thus far he continues to be his normal crazy self which includes mad dashes around the house when the mood strikes.” -Negley’s dad
A typical day involves hanging out with his human 14 month old brother and waiting for him to drop food on the ground or on occasion give it to Negley. In the summer he likes sunbathing on the deck and in the winter he enjoys laying on the heating vent. In walks around the neighborhood he always likes to remind the other dogs who’s boss!
“Physically, therapy has kept up his strength in his left front arm. Emotionally, the attention of the IPC staff continues to fuel his massive ego.”
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Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. Negley has asked us to tell you about Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue.
Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue is a 501c3, Non-Profit Organization. We are funded entirely by donations and run by the hearts of our Volunteers who are dedicated to rescuing Boston Terriers from shelters and individuals and finding them permanent homes. We have no shelter, our rescued Bostons are fostered in our homes until they find their new loving, responsible, lifelong homes.
“Hannah was adopted out of the Plainfield Humane Society in the summer of 2008. At the time I had recently put one of my dogs down due to illness and since I have always felt that two dogs together are much happier when I am away at work wanted another pet. One day I walked in to the clinic that houses the humane society and noticed a small dog sitting in the waiting room unsupervised. Hannah sat there confidently and calmly observing the foot traffic come and go. I was very impressed and Ruby and I adopted her the next day.
She had always been very intelligent and confident until her hearing and eye sight started to fail her. She would walk into the big dog park and wade right into the pack of much larger dogs and never have a problem. Hannah knew where the treats were stored at home and the counter, cabinet or pantry were no problem for her to access if the humans weren’t around to say ‘No’. She was the ultimate predator in the yard or on leash at the forest preserve. The Rat Terrier I knew was always ready to chase down and dispatch any animal that dared enter her yard. Even when the mulberries were in season and the raccoons spent their time in the trees gorging, Hannah would not tolerate such an indignity and climbed trees to get at them. I pulled her out of the trees many times but unfortunately, she fell and injured her back which in her senior years caused problems.” Jim, Hannah’s dad
Their primary care veterinarian suggested Integrative Pet Care Homer Glen When Hannah started to develop weakness in her back legs. Hannah was evaluated by Dr. Amber Ihrke and physical therapist Val who devised a therapy plan to address Hannah’s specific issues. “Hannah received manual therapy and participated in a therapeutic exercise program. Even though Hannah is an older patient, she made excellent progress during rehab. She demonstrated an improvement in her balance since her evaluation when she would turn and fall over. Now, 30 days after she finished rehab, Hannah can turn circles and maintains her balance without falling over.” Val
“Dr. Amber along with Val, Katie and Tiffany helped by teaching us how to help Hannah. Val especially helped by instructing Ruby and I in massage and creating small challenges for Hannah to keep her as active as possible for as long as possible. Hannah still enjoys her walks and her visits to the dog parks, and although she doesn’t have the stamina she once had she’s a little trooper. We feel the care she has received has improved her quality of life and we are grateful for everything that they’ve done. A big thank you to everyone at Integrative Pet Care Homer Glen!”- Jim
Our senior patients are special at Integrative Pet Care of Homer Glen and Hannah is a perfect example. She came to us because she was having some rear limb weakness and loss of balance and her owner wanted to see if we could help her. We started her on a treatment plan to include hydrotherapy, manual therapy, and acupuncture. Within 8 weeks her dragging of the rear feet and her loss of balance was improved. We sent the client home with an age-appropriate home exercise program and Hannah continues to do well with her mobility. Senior pets can have tremendous benefits with rehabilitation and some TLC. -Dr. Ihrke
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Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. Hannah has asked us to tell you about The Caspian Foundation.
Our Mission Statement: Providing 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.
When Neytiry started agility training, her dad noticed that she would sometimes off set her weight and hold her right rear leg out a little bit. Even though it would subside with rest, her symptoms kept coming back. Radiographs revealed that she has hip dysplasia in both hips. An evaluation at Integrative Pet Care was recommended by Physio Pet Massage
At the time of her exam, Neytiry was exhibiting a mild, subtle lameness on her right rear limb and resistance to extending both her hip joints. Dr. Ihrke started her on a multi-modal treatment plan of Adequan injections, hydrotherapy, manual therapy with dry needling and therapeutic exercises.
“Neytiry lacked good shoulder and hip extension range of motion, but made great progress during her 8 weeks of therapy. She loved her exercises the most and it seemed like there wasn’t an exercise she couldn’t complete. My favorite thing about Neytiry is how she loves to climb up and sit in chairs when waiting for her sessions. Neytiry now can perform all of her exercises without any problems or pain.” -Valerie, PT, DPT, CCRP
“Neytiry was a blast to work with! I almost had a hard time keeping up with her by the end of her program. Neytiry has bilateral hip dysplasia but she does not know that. By the end of her program she was able to do everything we asked of her and now is back to practicing agility with her dad! -Katie, CVT, CCRVN
Since Neytiry’s dad has continued all her home exercises and prescribed supplements, she is ready to get back into the sport that she loves, agility!
“This is an excellent example that early intervention with hip dysplasia can produce huge benefits in mobility” -Dr. Amber Ihrke
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Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. Neytiry has asked us to tell you about Livingston County Humane Society.
The mission is to place each animal who comes to us into a good, loving home. We also promote responsible pet care. During your visit here on our website, you’ll be able to see the animals that we currently have available for adoption. All animals are spay or neutered, all shots up-to-date, including rabies, and dogs are micro-chipped.
Rufio is a stunningly handsome older gentleman who has been coming to Integrative Pet Care for the past 6 months. His sister Skippy was a patient years ago, so his mom Susan knew where to go when Rufio started slowing down. He met with Dr. Zenoni and Erin who created a treatment program which included acupuncture, underwater treadmill, exercise, massage, and laser.
Rufio learned to love his therapies and slowly built enough endurance to complete two active therapies in one visit, which can be difficult for any dog, let alone a senior! Now he eagerly greets his therapists Renee and Erin and bounds down the hallway, ready to work.
“I love working with Rufio, he is such a kind and gentle soul who will do anything you ask of him. I look forward to our weekly sessions as Susan is such a wonderful owner who goes above and beyond for his care!” -Renee
“A typical day for Rufio is at least 4 walks with his sister Skippy and my son’s puppy Blue. Rufio likes to be the leader of every walk, and when he’s feeling spry, he likes to trot the whole way. He is always trying to drag us an extra block or two, especially in cold weather. His favorite walk of the day is when we walk to the train station to meet my husband and son. We have a big fenced in yard which he patrols. When I’m away from the house, he keeps the vigil at the front door.
He is clearly in a lot less pain than he was in. He is back to doing the things that make me cringe–roughhousing with bigger, younger dogs and chasing skunks in the dark– and the things that he loves–rolling in the snow, delivering the newspaper, and play bowing to his dog friends and family. Every so often, he insists upon the 3 mile walk that we used to do on a daily basis, and Skippy reluctantly comes along. Also, IPC gives him mental stimulation, and he loves to flirt with his therapists Erin and Renee and his vets, Dr. Zenoni and Dr. Ridley I know he enjoys IPC, because thanks to our visits here, he is no longer afraid to go in the car. At 14 1/2 years old, he definitely has his good days and bad days, but his good days are pretty amazing thanks largely to IPC.
Rufio’s family has also opened their home to over 141 foster dogs, the majority of whom are orphaned puppies. “Every one of them has loved gentle sweet Uncle Rufio. He calms even the most timid and least socialized puppies and he somehow lets them know they are safe. They have played with him, climbed on him, snuggled with him, and followed him. He becomes their port in the storm. He has the patience of Job, and he makes our task of fostering so much easier. Rufio himself is a rescue, and it makes us so happy to see the impact he has on his little friends.” -Susan
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Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. Rufio has asked us to tell you about Wright-Way Rescue.
Its mission is to reduce the number of homeless pets euthanized in the Midwest each year through an adoption program, community education, promotion of spaying and neutering, and a veterinary medicine program. It continues to save pets from rural animal control facilities where they are at a high risk of euthanasia, and instead offer them a second chance at a loving home in the Chicagoland area.