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April 2017 Symon

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Symon was diagnosed with Intervertebral Disc Disease(IVDD) almost 4 years ago, so when his back pain started getting worse his mom wanted to do something more.  “He still had his spirit and spunk, so I wanted to keep him strong and comfortable”, remembers Kristen.  At the recommendation of Symon’s primary care veterinarian, Dr. Georgesen of Blum Animal Hospital, Kristen made an appointment with IPC.  Symon met with Dr. Deanne Zenoni and Emma Widmark who created a treatment program that consisted twice weekly visits that focused on pain management and strengthening therapies.
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Symon was suspicious of therapy at first, but soon learned that it meant lots of treats!  His therapists taught his mom massage techniques and exercises she could do at home, which is something they still do to this day.  After his initial 8 weeks of therapy, Dr. Zenoni thought he felt so good that he could go down to once weekly visits.  Symon is now on a maintenance plan that consists of weekly underwater treadmill sessions and monthly acupuncture and therapeutic exercise & laser therapies.

 

 

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“Symon is a super senior!  I’m continually amazed by his abilities and efforts during his therapy sessions given his diagnosis.  If I worked as hard as Sy does for a few lousy cheerios, I’d be in much better shape!” -Laura Krill

 

 

 

 

“As Sy is turning 14 this month, we are so incredibly grateful to have the support from our friends at IPC! I truly believe that Sy has the strength because of our therapy routine.” -Kristen, Symon’s mom

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“Symon has done so well since starting therapy.  He loves coming to see all of us, though he isn’t convinced the needles are necessary!  He puts on a brave face and settles his head on his om’s lap while his acupuncture makes his back feel better.” -Dr. Zenoni

 

 

 

 

 

Kristen has had him since he was two months old and says he is the ultimate best buddy! “He is incredibly in tune with humans and his surroundings. I never have to worry about him wondering away because he always keeps tabs on me. He loves to be loved AND food treats!!  He has managed to break into groceries and packaged food many times over the years…”

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

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CRISP is a new initiative that will pool the resources of eight local rescues to work in concert with Chicago Animal Care and Control to provide assistance and support for pet owners in need, divert owner surrendered animals to accredited rescues, and ultimately reduce the number of dogs surrendered at Chicago Animal Care and Control.

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March 2017 Abbey

2 months ago · · Comments Off on March 2017 Abbey · Chicago's Patient of the Month ·, , , , , , ,

Abbey

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We first met Abbey in July 2016 when she originally came in for hind limb lameness.  Her limp quickly worsened, so her parents found themselves not only seeing her primary care veterinarian, but a neurologist and IPC as well.  After evaluating Abbey, Dr. Ridley sent her back to the neurologist where a hemilaminectomy (spinal IMG_2976surgery) was performed.  Unfortunately she developed pneumonia which made her road to recovery much harder.

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February 2017 Maverick

3 months ago · · Comments Off on February 2017 Maverick · Chicago's Patient of the Month ·, , , , , ,

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Maverick is the quintessential story of a country dog living in a big city as he moved from rural Virginia to Chicago 6 years ago.  He spent his days wandering around and all was well until he was found lying in a ditch with with exposed bone beneath his left knee.  No one knew exactly what happened, but he was taken to the vet where an amputation was performed.  As if that weren’t enough he was later attacked by other dogs which damaged his rear end.  Back he went to the vet to get patched up, but after pulling out his stitches a few times his owner had enough and wanted to euthanize him.  Maverick’s future aunt worked at the animal hospital and persuaded his owner to relinquish him.  She called her sister in law Laura, who was visiting soon, to se
e if she was interested in getting a dog.  All it took was Maverick resting his head on Laura’s foot for her to know he was their dog.

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January 2017 Crockett

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Crockett

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On therapy days, Crockett can usually be found leading his owner Michael down the halls in search of anyone who will give him a treat.

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We met Crockett in 2008 when he came at the recommendation of agility instructor Stacey Hawk, who knew the importance of conditioning for the canine athlete.  Crockett started off coming once weekly for either underwater treadmill or resistance pool sessions.  He also had consistent chiropractic treatments to keep him aligned during his various activities.

Pain management therapies like laser and acupuncture were added as Crockett started to age.  He was maintaining very well until he suffered a series of vestibular episodes in 2015.  Vestibular disease often causes dogs to have a head tilt and easily lose their balance.  While it was hard to see this former athlete have trouble walking, Michael never gave up and more intensive rehab program was designed.  Crockett started coming more regularly for therapeutic exercise, laser and acupuncture/chiropractic sessions.

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December 2016 Mimi

5 months ago · · Comments Off on December 2016 Mimi · Chicago's Patient of the Month ·, , , , ,

Mimi

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Mimi came to IPC by way of Bialy’s Wellness Foundation a little over a year ago.  Her owners brought her to the vet because she was having an extremely difficult time walking and seemed to be in constant pain.  They did not have the finances to cover all that Mimi needed, so the vet contacted BWF to see if they could sponsor Mimi’s medical care.  BWF stepped up immediately to cover diagnostics and intensive rehab.  Sadly Mimi’s owner passed away and her family was having a hard time caring for her.  One of their neighbors, Danielle had fallen in love with Mimi and decided to help the family out by bringing her to appointments.  After seeing how much medical attention Mimi needed, Danielle offered to adopt her and they made it official in July!

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November 2016 Ryno

6 months ago · · Comments Off on November 2016 Ryno · Chicago's Patient of the Month ·, , , , , , , ,

Ryno

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Ryno was adopted in 2005 from Chicago Animal Care and Control when he was 18 months old.  He lived a relatively normal life until he was injured in a grooming accident in 2010.  After two unsuccessful surgeries to repair his left rear leg, he developed a massive infection and a large ulcer and it was determined that they leg had to be amputated.  After two weeks, Ryno slowly adjusted to life as a tripod. He was able to figure out how to squat, run and walk up a flight of stairs without assistance. His resilience enabled him to persevere and never look back.

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October 2016 Monty

7 months ago · · Comments Off on October 2016 Monty · Chicago's Patient of the Month ·, , , ,

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When Paul received Monty as a surprise gift 13 years ago, it quickly turned his life upside down.  Monty was a lucky pup who was able to go to work with his dad every day until he out grew his office.   It was there that Monty learned he could easily turn on the charm to get whatever he wanted (something he still excels at today)!  At age 10 Monty developed arthritis in his elbows following surgery, so Paul decided to pursue rehab to alleviate pain and increase mobility in his silly lab.   We met them in 2013, and in the words of Dr. Zenoni, “Monty was a crazy, happy, bull in a china shop kind of dog”!  Monty did great with his therapy, so they decided to take a break.

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“I truly believe that it helped him recover faster and stronger than I possibly could have done for him on my own” -Paul, Monty’s dad

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September 2016 Truffle

8 months ago · · Comments Off on September 2016 Truffle · Chicago's Patient of the Month ·, ,

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When Truffle runs through our door, it’s always accompanied by her silly howl/bark and a waiting room full of smiling faces.  For the past 2 years, Truffle has not only made us laugh at her antics, but has also impressed us with her intense work out routines.

Almost 4 years ago Truffle had emergency back surgery after severely rupturing a disc.  While she recovered remarkably well and was even she was able to stand and walk around on her own, she was still unsteady on stairs.  Truffle was previously a very active dog who participated in agility, so it was important that they get her back into shape.  Her mom Amy wanted to do everything possible for Truffle, so she explored rehabilitation therapy.  After going to another facility for several months and seeing little progress, Amy decided to try IPC at a friend’s suggestion.  It was a match made in heaven once she met Tiffany and Dr. Zenoni!

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Truffle was originally prescribed an 8 week program that included weekly underwater treadmill & therapeutic exercise sessions and monthly chiropractic treatments.   Truffle excelled at her therapies and was soon stable enough to go on a maintenance program.  Truffle now comes every couple weeks to hit the gym with Tiffany to work on her core strength and endurance.  She sees Dr. Zenoni every 2 months for a chiropractic adjustment to keep her moving well!  Whenever Amy asks her if she wants to go “workout”, Truffle runs right over and heads to the car; she even knows the route to IPC so well that she barks and cries for the last 2 miles until they walk in the door!

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“Truffle is very advanced in the gym, so I have to come up with new exercises to challenge her mentally and physically.  I love seeing Truffle on my schedule- she and her mom are such a pleasure to work with!” -Tiffany, Truffle’s main therapist.

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Amy describes a typical day in the life of Truffle:

“She wakes up when her Dad is done getting ready at about 5:30 AM. She does her business in the park across the street and then eats a her raw beef breakfast. She then comes back to bed to sleep more with me until about 7:30 AM. She wakes me up to take her downstairs for a snack and then watches the activity in the park until I’m ready to go to work. She then goes outside again and I head off to work. Her Dad gets home around 3:30 PM and she goes outside. I usually get home around 5:30 and she greats me with lots of barking and tries to get me upstairs to give her one of her preferred treats. She gets raw beef dinner at 6:00 PM every day with her extra supplements to help her joints and to fight off cancer. After she gets a salmon skin or cod skin dessert. She helps us cook dinner by hoping there’ll be some tomatoes or kale stems added to her bowl, or she harvests cherry tomatoes right off the plant on the balcony if any are ripe. After dinner she gets a mile or two walk if it’s not too hot or cold, or she plays tug of war and races around for about half an hour. Then she watches us do laundry or other chores for a while. If I haven’t gone to the couch as early as she’d like, she grunts at me and looks downstairs. Then we plop on the couch with her in between my legs for the rest of the night and watch some TV. This is the case for most weekdays, except for Wednesdays when I get to work from home with Truffle as my assistant. She especially likes to participate in conference calls.”

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“IPC has helped Truffle get back to her healthy and crazy self; we don’t have to worry about her hurting herself around the house or playing at the park!” -Amy, Truffle’s mom

 

 

 

 

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

Live Like Roo, a 501C3 organization, provides support and financial assistance to families whose pet faces a cancer diagnosis. Our mission is that together, you and your pet will #LiveLikeRoo.

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August 2016 Wednesday & Lola

9 months ago · · Comments Off on August 2016 Wednesday & Lola · Chicago's Patient of the Month ·, , , , , , , ,

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Lola first came into Ashley’s life in 2000, when she spotted her ‘on sale’ at a local pet shop since she was not up to breeding or show dog standards.   All that mattered to Ashley is that she was so stinking cute!  Lola led the only child life until 2010 when Wednesday entered the picture.  Ashley had just started looking for another dog when she came across Wednesday’s picture online and knew she had to have her. What made this adoption so special?  Wednesday was diagnosed with cancer and her prognosis was unsure.  None of that phased Ashley; she just wanted her to live the rest of her days comfortably in a home.  Well 3 surgeries and 2 rounds of chemo later and we are happy to report that Wednesday has been cancer free for 4 years!

 

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Wednesday first came to IPC 5 years ago when her mom Ashley sought alternative treatment for back pain she had been experiencing.  Wednesday was started on a weekly program that included underwater treadmill, therapeutic exercise, laser therapy, acupuncture & chiropractic sessions.  Wednesday soon became stable enough to graduate to a maintenance plan!  She still comes every other week for exercise & underwater treadmill and sees Dr. Zenoni every 2 months for an acupuncture & chiropractic session.

 

 

“IPC has helped Wednesday stay pain free and able to be her crazy happy go lucky self. She has had 1 flare up of her back. I got her right into you all and she was on her way back to normal after just 1 visit.” –Ashley, Wednesday & Lola’s mom

Lola always came for emotional support to Wednesday sessions, but as she got older and after seeing how Wednesday improved with rehabilitative therapy, Ashley brought Lola in for an evaluation with Dr. Zenoni.  Lola melts during her massage/laser sessions and gobbles up peanut butter during her acupuncture & chiropractic treatments.

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“I love seeing Wednesday & Lola in the clinic.  Their can-do spirit is inspiring.”  -Doris

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Lola can often be found wandering around the exercise room, scrounging for treats while Wednesday works out!  She can also be heard in the hydro room barking for treats while Wednesday walks in the treadmill.   We love Lola’s antics and diva personality!

 

 

 

 

Lola slowly started losing her eyesight, and is now blind at 16 years old.  Her blindness has brought image3many new challenges to the table, but that doesn’t stop this trio.  They still go to the beach and take walks, but Ashley just has to keep a close eye on Lola so she doesn’t run into or fall off anything.   Lola has also developed anxiety, but medication and being by Wednesday’s side has helped.  Wednesday still takes care of Lola by licking her face, but has recently started challenging Lola for the queen position in the house- something that Lola is not ready to give up yet!

 

“Lola & Wednesday may have been through a lot, but Ashley’s diligence has really helped their quality of life”       -Dr. Deanne Zenoni

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Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign.” Wednesday & Lola have asked us to tell you about Guardian Angel Basset Rescue.

“The basics of Guardian Angel Basset Rescue are simple – GABR rescues Basset Hounds from Illinois, Eastern Missouri and Indiana that find themselves in bad situations.  We are a 501c3 charitable organization.”

 

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July 2016 Max

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A lot of prospective clients often ask if their pet will enjoy therapy. Well, all they have to do is come in on a night when Max is here. From the moment he pulls his parents through the door, he is a bundle of energy who cannot wait to get into the treadmill. In fact he gets so excited whenever he hears the word IPC, that his parents have started referring to us as “the place”!

Max first walked through our doors 7 years ago as a 1 year old dog who had developed a front limb limp.  He started a twice weekly therapy program that included resistance pool and laser therapy sessions. After his 8 weeks, his IPC veterinarian noticed a significant decrease in lameness! After seeing the positive effect, his parents decided that he needed to continue his therapy on a maintenance level. He transitioned to the underwater treadmill a few years later after it was discovered that he developed hip dysplasia. He continues to do his regular 20 minute sessions on incline while going at least 1 mph.

“Max is one of the more enthusiastic patients.  Every session is always so fun!” -Emma, one of Max’s therapists

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A day in the life of Max includes catching up on his much needed beauty sleep, strolling the neighborhood to greet his adoring fans, lounging on the back deck, and occasionally hitting up the local frozen custard shop where any flavor is his FAVORITE flavor.  On special days, Max gets to come to therapy where he tries his best to steal a toy after every session!

 

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“Max has been going to IPC for 7 years, and my husband, myself and our vet all agree that it has kept Max from requiring hip replacement surgery, and additionally keeping Max at a healthy weight, which has delayed the onset of arthritis and other signs of aging. Max is a senior dog at this point, but you wouldn’t be able to tell.”                                   –Heather, Max’s mom

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Make a Difference!

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

“We are a licensed Illinois shelter and a 501c3 charitable organization. The care we provide our English Bully rescues exceeds any you will find from a breed rescue…heck, any rescue! This love includes a high quality diet, tlogohe best veterinary care around from a bulldog specialist, and behavioral evaluations of the highest quality.”

 

 

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