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March 2020- Dee

4 weeks ago · · Comments Off on March 2020- Dee · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Meet our March Patient Of The Month, Dee, who practically grew up in our clinic because her mom was an employee!  Since Dee was friendly and always around, she was often used to train new therapists and demonstrate new techniques.  As she got older, she unfortunately developed back and elbow issues, but they were successfully managed because of her regular therapy sessions which consisted of underwater treadmill, exercise, massage, and laser.

Last spring she decided to up the ante and injure her knee.  On examination, Dr. Martin suspected a partial CCL tear, so off to the surgeon she went.  Her surgery was postponed due to other health issues, so pre-hab therapies such as exercise, massage, laser and acupuncture were started to manage pain and strengthen her other limbs.  She eventually had a Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) in November 2019, performed by Dr. David Wilson at Blue Pearl Pet Hospital.

“Dee was always so patient with me when I started training at IPC.  She allowed me to practice my exercise and massage techniques and was always willing to give me lots of kisses!  It was an honor to treat her post TPLO surgery and I am so proud of how far she’s progressed since starting the program!  I am still seeing improvements with her and am excited to see how much stronger she gets; no more injuries though!” -Rika, Dee’s primary therapist

Massage, laser, Assisi Loop treatments, and lots and lots of icing were started immediately following surgery to reduce inflammation, swelling at the surgical site and manage her pain.  Due to her conformation, the repair angle was steep, so she was put on extra restriction- which she fortunately didn’t mind.

One month post-op, her team felt she ready to start active therapies to help regain muscle mass, so she progressed to underwater treadmill and therapeutic exercise. While Dee isn’t the biggest fan of the underwater treadmill, she can be bribed to stay up front with peanut butter. Three months later, Dee was given the clearance by Dr. Wilson to return to normal activity!  The collaboration and open communication between her surgeon and rehab team contributed greatly to her successful recovery.

“Dee is a treasure who was my first patient at IPC!  She has always been a bit of an overachiever when it comes to hurting herself, so she keeps us busy!  Dee never fails to make us laugh- we love her so much”  -Dr. Kelli Martin

Dee was as adopted as a puppy after her foster parents knew they couldn’t let her go.  Her daily life involves stalking her cat siblings, wuh-wuhing for food, cuddling and being the laziest pit bull around.  She recently started competing in Nosework competitions, which has helped keep her mind active while recovering. Dee can’t wait to go on pack walks in the spring and thanks to her therapy, she’ll be able to keep up with her buds!

“I am incredibly grateful for the amazing care Dee has received over the years as I was fortunate to have the best rehab team at my disposal.  I can’t imagine what her mobility would look like without them- they are simply the best!” -Liz

Make A Difference

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

Chicagoland Rescue Intervention and Support Program (“CRISP”) provides low or no-cost services to help Chicago pet owners keep their pets rather than surrendering them to the city shelter. If pets cannot be kept by their owners, then CRISP will network to help place them immediately with a rescue group or no-kill shelter to bypass the city shelter completely. 

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February 2020- Lottie & Joey

2 months ago · · Comments Off on February 2020- Lottie & Joey · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , ,

“Lottie and Joey are both rescues from Chicago French Bulldog Rescue (CFBR).  Lottie was rescued from a puppy mill when she was 11-months old and has been living the good life for the last five years!  She has come a long way from the scared and shut down pup she was when she was saved. Joey’s previous owner surrendered him to the rescue, and he joined his new family about four years ago.  He is a sweet, sensitive boy who wants nothing more than to be loved.  Because Lottie and Joey are irresistible (as are all Frenchies), their parents were foster failures and ended up adopting them.

IPC was recommended to their parents when Lottie and Joey started to show signs of the health issues Frenchies are prone to get.  They couldn’t be happier with the care Lottie and Joey have received over the last couple of years.  Joey (who can be a little grump) gets so excited when his mom tells him it’s time to go to therapy and see Emma.  He will dance in circles on his way out the door, and he will snort, grunt, and screech with excitement when he arrives at IPC (especially when he hears Emma’s voice).  Not only do Lottie and Joey love Emma, they appreciate all the staff’s kindness, patience, and knowledge about the breed and their issues.  IPC has even taught their mom some exercises to do with them at home, although that’s not as fun as being in the gym or on the treadmill at IPC!

IPC has helped Lottie and Joey become physically stronger and more active.  It has also helped with their socialization skills; Lottie, especially, has learned to trust others and has learned lots of fancy tricks.  It’s given them both a boost in confidence, and it gives them a chance to have fun and get exercise.  Above all, they feel (and look) better and have a much better quality of life.  Joey absolutely loves hydrotherapy and getting all the peanut butter while he struts his stuff on the treadmill-Lottie, not so much.  Joey can also be a real showoff in the gym, but Lottie is more focused and is determined to do exactly what Emma wants and more!  She will do anything for those yummy treats and a little massage/laser after!

Lottie and Joey are very content with sunbathing/fighting over the best sun spot in the room and snuggling with their humans.  However, Lottie often loves to hang with all the neighbors’ dogs, to go do volunteer work for CFBR, and to boss her brother around.  Joey loves to snuggle on his mom’s lap and binge watch TV.  He is a homebody, but every once in a while, he enjoys going to a bar and eating all the things off the floor (forget being social; he’s just there for the snacks!)”

“Joey and Lottie are so great to work with, but couldn’t be more different. Joey can’t control his excitement and loves showing off which Lottie is more serious and focused when it comes to her sessions!”  -Emma

Make A Difference

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Lottie and Joey have asked us to tell you about the organization that saved their lives, Chicago French Bulldog Rescue.

Chicago French Bulldog Rescue (CFBR) was launched to protect French Bulldogs from neglect, abuse, loss of family and theft. We rescue them from animal shelters and puppy mills. We help families and individuals that can no longer care for their Frenchies. We are shepherds of the breed working to educate about French Bulldogs and most importantly, placing rescued Frenchies into loving homes.

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January 2020- June

3 months ago · · Comments Off on January 2020- June · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , ,

It’s 2020, and what better way to ring in the New Year than introduce our Patient Of The Month, June!  June started slowing down as she aged but became almost immobile according to her mom after she lost her best friend Bruce last year.  At the recommendation of a fellow pug friend, June came to us for an evaluation last March as her parents were looking to improve her mobility and endurance.

June was prescribed a program which included pain control modalities such as acupuncture, massage and laser.  Within a month she was moving better than she had in the past year!  June’s parents were also taught home exercises which are done religiously since she loves to “werk werk werk werk werk”.

“We love the combined therapies approach as well as the way the staff works together!” -June’s parents

While June loves everyone, she has formed a special relationship with her therapist Renee. “June whimpers with glee when we park by IPC and runs in to find her, wag her curly tail and give her kisses. The absolute sweetest is massage when June kisses Renee as she releases tense areas”.

“The daily life of June involves waking up and demanding food right away – all that working out has her hungry all the time! She then cuddles with her dad (her favorite person in the whole world) or by the fireplace and goes into work at EDGE Athlete Lounge – (that’s right, we have pugs as gym dogs). When at work, June can be found cuddling in her pug nest, barking at Members for food or posing for pictures.  She likes to do her therapy in the afternoon and usually wraps up the night by taking a nightly steam shower (good for her lungs and throat!) and curling up in bed with her favorite pillow, little brother Tank.”

If you want to see more of June and her ridiculous younger brother Tank, you should follow them on Instagram at @pugcovery!  As an added bonus, you get to see June rocking her home exercises.

Make A Difference

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  June has asked us to tell you about Northern Illinois Pug Rescue & Adoption (NIPRA)

Northern Illinois Pug Rescue and Adoption, Inc. (NIPRA) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that exists to assist the community in placing any needy Pug dog in a permanent, loving home. All adoption fees and donations go solely for the rescue, care, and placement of mistreated, unwanted or homeless Pugs.

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December 2019- Allie

4 months ago · · Comments Off on December 2019- Allie · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , ,

Allie

Who’s that girl with the giant ears, it’s our Patient of The Month Allie!   We met Allie in July 2018 at the recommendation of her primary care veterinarian at Blum Animal Hospital when she started showing hind limb paresis (weakness in her back legs).  Her dad Gerry mentioned to some friends that he had been referred for our services and they had nothing but great things to say about our facility and staff.

Allie met with Dr. Megan Ridley and Renee who created a formal rehabilitation program which included exercise/massage/laser, underwater treadmill, and acupuncture.

Allie did well with her therapies and formed a strong bond with her main therapist Renee.  “Allie is the sweetest dog and it has been a pleasure to work with her and Gerry. “It’s so inspiring to work with an owner who will go above and beyond for his dog”!

Unfortunately Allie became weaker, so a custom cart from Eddie’s wheels was recommended.  She took to it immediately which amazed Emma who fitted her for the cart.  “Allie was AWESOME in her cart from the start; she took off and even tried to climb our equipment!” remarked Emma.  Allie was also fitted with custom made “walkies” which help her properly flex her back feet.

“I cannot imagine my life and hers without IPC.  As best we can, we are trying to maintain her strength and flexibility while making her comfortable and feeling good.  One of the best attributes of IPC is the creativity and determination in the methods used to add value to her life and make her feel better.  The whole staff deserves a shout and is much appreciated, but Renee, Rika, Emma, Brooklyn and Katie are who we work with the most!” -Gerry

Allie’s story began when she was transported to the Anti-Cruelty Society from Indiana and Gerry adopted her on her first day in the shelter.  She was an athletic dog who loved other people and dogs right away.  Even though Allie can’t run on her own anymore, she is still able to go up and down the “dog hill” in Oz Park, which is her favorite.   Today Allie is living the good life, especially on her therapy days which have turned into a field trip.  She gets either an egg and cheese sandwich from Peet’s or a turkey bacon egg white and cheddar sandwich from Starbucks!

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November 2019-Finn

5 months ago · · Comments Off on November 2019-Finn · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , , ,

Finn

After having surgery to repair a torn cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) in September 2018, Finn was referred to us by his primary care veterinarian. He had an evaluation where it was noted that he was painful, barely placing weight on his leg and had lost a significant amount of muscle.  Finn completed 8 weeks of rehabilitation, but showed only slight improvement and began to show neurological signs.  He was referred to a neurologist, who determined that he actually had a torn meniscus.

Finn went back to his veterinarian who repaired the tear, but he unfortunately did not improve.  Finally we referred him to Dr. David Wilson, DVM, DACVS-SA at Blue Pearl Pet Hospital to remove his hardware and revise the surgery in May.

Finn came back for a recheck in August and he had improved greatly.  After 4 weeks of twice weekly therapies, Finn showed incredible progress and was able to wean off his pain medications.  After 8 weeks he looked so good that he was able to graduate to a more maintenance level of once weekly therapies consisting of underwater treadmill and exercise/massage/laser!

“Finn is one of my favorite patients and it feels so great to see the improvement he’s made over the past year.  It’s awesome to see him back to being his old goofy self!”  -Renee, one of Finn’s therapists

Finn was adopted from Chicago Canine Rescue in 2012 when Maria and her family were looking to add a family member after losing their previous dog.  Maria quickly fell in love with “Brownie” who was listed as a small dog.  7 years later, the small, timid dog named Brownie is now a 115 lb, outgoing dog named Finn.

“After a year, 3 surgeries and many therapy sessions, Finn is pain free, medication free and running and jumping just like his old self! Finn boards on his therapy days and when I come to pick him up he does not want to leave!  Special shout out to the Patient Service Coordinators for the tremendous welcome that he always gets. That’s why IPC, you are ALL AMAZING!” -Maria, Finn’s dedicated mom

“A day in the life of Finn….Wake up on the couch…go lay on the deck….chase the squirrels (been a while since he has been able to do that. He actually caught one the other day, I am sorry to say)….go potty…back to laying on the deck…eat breakfast…go in the house to lay on his chair by the window…bark at every dog that walks down the street…either sleep on that chair or get in the car and go to therapy and have the best day…eat dinner…have a couple treats…lay on the deck…go for a walk….lay on his bed waiting for me to go up to bed so he can have the couch…to go to sleep for the night”

Make A Difference

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Finn has asked us to tell you about the organization that saved his life, Chicago Canine Rescue.

Chicago Canine Rescue Foundation exists to give many of these animals a second chance at a forever family. We love the underdog! 

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October 2019- Juanita

6 months ago · · Comments Off on October 2019- Juanita · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , ,

Juanita

Ready to meet the mushiest pit bull ever?  Juanita came to Integrative Pet Care earlier this summer due to limping on walks and having a hard time getting on and off the couch.  Her mom was no stranger to rehabilitation as her previous dog Fifty was a long term patient (and our unofficial mascot).

Juanita met with Dr. Kelli Martin and Tami who recommended getting xrays of her hips.  Once xrays confirmed that she had bilateral hip arthritis, a formal program was created which included exercise, massage, laser, underwater treadmill and acupuncture.

Juanita loved her exercises and massage, but wasn’t sure about the underwater treadmill.   She surprised us all by sticking her head underwater in true hippo fashion!

Juanita continues to make progress at every one of her rechecks.  She is able to take longer walks, get up on furniture and in and out of the car easier!  Her mom Kelly has also noticed changes at home: “she no longer struggles to sit or lay down- she is getting so strong!”

She came into her mom’s life as a foster in 2016 after being found as a stray in Indiana.  She had been over bred, had terribly cropped ears, and several scars.  Despite everything she had endured, she was extremely sweet and trusting.  After a couple months of fostering, it was clear that she would become a permanent member of the family.

“I cannot say enough about the Integrative Pet Care staff!  The patient service coordinators are absolutely fantastic.  Her therapists Tami and Rika are the sweetest and Dr. Martin went above and beyond to make sure I got the right diagnosis.  I recommend IPC to everyone I know.”

Juanita has been a foster sister to countless dogs and is in the process of becoming a certified reading assistance dog with SitStayRead!  She lives with an elderly blind dog who she respects and a guinea pig who she adores!

Make A Difference

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Juanita has asked us to tell you about the organization that she will shortly be a part of, SitStayRead.

SitStayRead’s mission is to advance children’s literacy skills using an engaging curriculum, certified dogs, and dedicated volunteers.

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September 2019- Floki

7 months ago · · Comments Off on September 2019- Floki · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Floki

Floki was rushed to the ER last April when he became wobbly and painful. An MRI revealed that he had Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) and a hemilaminectomy was recommended and performed immediately.  Unfortunately all of this left him unable to use his hind limbs.

Amanda did research and found that we had a great reputation for working with special needs animals!  Floki came to us shortly after his surgery and was prescribed an intensive rehabilitation program which consisted of exercise, laser, underwater treadmill, and acupuncture.  His prognosis was guarded, but that didn’t stop him from trying his hardest and his dedicated mom Amanda was more than willing to do whatever it took.

We became fast friends since he started coming three times weekly for therapy! Floki’s progress was slow in the beginning, but he made promising improvements every week. He needed full assistance in the underwater treadmill to ambulate and was unable to push himself into a standing position.

A cart was also recommended to aid in his mobility which he took to quickly. He also hitches a ride in his wagon where he loves going on the 606, Humboldt Park and the dog beach. Floki has continued to make amazing progress at every session, and most of all he LOVES his therapies!

Floki continues to make huge strides every week and is now able to walk in the treadmill on his own and has even attempted to take steps on land!!  His progress is also due to mom’s dedication to his home care.   Floki has an amazing (and bossy) attitude which definitely played a part in his progress.

“First let me say that we are grateful for and really like all of the staff at IPC.  Floki’s veterinarians, therapists and the patient service coordinators have been amazing.  You all have been so patient and understanding of the struggle it was in the beginning and continue to be so nice and helpful!! Floki and I both would love to give a shout out to his therapist Renee for the extra time and love she has shown him.  Renee has really been so helpful in making sure that we go home with handouts explaining our exercises and videos showing progress.  She has answered every question I had about feedings, and how to learn to properly express/potty him.  She has also coached me to be more relaxed and aware that if I show my frustrations to Floki, he will sense that and be frustrated also.  I’m so thankful and so much more confident in caring for Floki because all that Renee has talked me through and shown me.  She has gone above and beyond for us!” -Amanda

Make A Difference

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

Road Dogs & Rescue is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization in California focused on rescuing and rehabbing medical bulldogs, puppies with birth defects and spreading the message of love and compassion towards all animals, both locally and internationally.


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August 2019- Sumo & Kiko

8 months ago · · Comments Off on August 2019- Sumo & Kiko · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine ·, , , , , , , , , , ,

Meet Sumo & Kiko, our dynamic Shiba Inu duo who keep us on our toes every Tuesday morning!  “Sumo has been a patient since his first cruciate surgery nearly 10 years ago and although the surgeon told us rehabilitation therapy was not necessary, our dog trainer recommended exploring options if we really wanted Sumo to get back to his prior athletic level. We were so happy with all the help you gave us, it was only natural to bring our other dog Kiko for sports conditioning and ultimately rehabilitation after she had patella and cruciate surgery.

Despite their surgeries, Sumo and Kiko have had long and healthy agility careers thanks to rehabilitation and ongoing maintenance program which we especially appreciate. It not only allows our dogs to stay in great shape for their athletic endeavors, but also helps them as they age.  As an example, Sumo has had chronic kidney disease for the past year and a half. That disease often leads to muscle wasting, particularly in a dog’s hind quarters, as the dog gets less and less active. Our primary vet has expressed pleasant surprise at how little atrophy Sumo has suffered and we attribute much of that to his maintenance program which includes hydrotherapy.

We fell in love with the Shiba Inu breed in 1990 based on a photo in a book of 450 dog breeds which was long before anyone knew what a Shiba was. After our first Shiba died from cancer, we searched for the right breeder with the right puppy. Sumo, who is now 13.5 years old,  has been part of our family since he was 4 months old. As everyone on your staff who has worked with Sumo knows, he is classic Shiba: incredibly smart, aloof, stubborn, independent, loathes water, and wants nothing to do with anyone unless he is handsomely rewarded. He is the type of dog who makes you earn his affection, and once you do he will make you feel very special.

Kiko is a rescue Shiba who I met during her intake evaluation at Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue and decided to keep rather than put her into their formal program. She came to us as a wild and out of control jumping bean at the age of 15 months. She’s now 10 and is the Yang to Sumo’s Yin. She loves everyone, gives kisses, wags her tail when she greets you and is anxious to please (although she loves rewards too.)  She has the smarts and hatred of water that is classic Shiba, but she gives her affection freely.

Kiko is our agility super star. In 2018, she was ranked the #3 agility Shiba in the country by the AKC (American Kennel Club) and has competed twice in the Agility Invitational in Orlando where only the top 5 dogs of each breed are invited. She has earned four agility championships, which is something that only five Shibas have ever done. She also has top titles in Rally and is close to completing an Obedience title.

Sumo has Obedience titles, two top Rally titles, numerous agility titles.  When he had to retire from those athletically demanding sports at the age of 11, he started nosework. He now has the AKCs Advanced titles in exteriors, interiors, containers and buried hides as well as nosework titles from NACSW (National Association of Canine Scent Work) and UKC (United Kennel Club).

Kiko recently had a TPLO surgery for a torn cruciate, so her days include a morning walk, a little bitey-face time with our 4 year old shiba, breakfast, about 10 minutes of rehab homework and then “free time” until late afternoon when she gets about another 10-15 minutes of rehab time (along with some tricks training), an evening walk,  dinner, more bitey-face play, a late night walk and sleep. Tuesdays she goes to IPC for therapy and Thursdays she goes to Rally class where she is learning new skills for a competition in September. Sumo’s schedule is almost identical, but he doesn’t play bitey-face (that’s beneath him).  He also goes to IPC for therapy on Tuesday and Nosework class on Thursday where he shows off how smart he is (he no longer competes).

One thing I’d like to mention is how important I think IPC has been in keeping both our very active dogs healthy. When Sumo tore his cruciate at a young age, both his primary care vet and surgeon told us to expect him to tear the other cruciate within two years or less and to expect arthritis in that knee by age 6. Well, thanks to great rehab and continued maintenance, the other leg’s cruciate didn’t tear for more than 5 years. Plus, it kept his arthritis at bay as he was able to compete in agility and rally until he turned 11!  We were warned that Kiko’s other knee would require surgery if we didn’t keep her in good shape. Even though it was her other cruciate that tore, her recovery from surgery was easier since she was in great shape going in.” -Amy

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Sumo & Kiko have asked us to tell you about Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue.

Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue (MSIR) was founded in 2002 and is a a registered 501(c)3 non-profit and licensed rescue.  We help to save and place Shiba Inus throughout the Midwest, including Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and Indiana.

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July 2019- Atticus

9 months ago · · Comments Off on July 2019- Atticus · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , ,

Atticus

Meet our July Patient of the Month Atticus, who is a six year old Frenchton (French Bulldog/Boston Terrier mix).  Atticus started having trouble with his spine three years ago, but recovered well with rest and pain medication.  Unfortunately he suffered a setback in April of 2018 which left him completely unable to walk.  He was rushed to a neurologist who performed a ventral slot surgery which decompresses the cervical spinal cord.

Atticus remained unable to walk after surgery, but regained mobility after a week.  Rehabilitation was recommended and he walked through our doors a month later.

Despite everything that he had been through, Atticus looked pretty good!  His rehabilitation program focused on  pain management, fine tuning his mobility, and strengthening.  He started coming twice weekly for underwater treadmill, exercise/laser, and acupuncture.

Atticus looked better and better to the IPC team at every visit and pain management modalities such as acupuncture and laser were able to be weaned out.  Underwater treadmill and exercise sessions would now be the focus for strengthening.

Atticus continued to do well, so he was graduated to a maintenance level of rehabilitation.  He now comes once weekly for underwater treadmill (which he loves) with acupuncture and a exercise/laser combo session every 6 weeks.   Atticus is an IPC superstar!

“Atticus marches through our doors ready to WORK and does everything that is asked of him.  He is a dream patient who never lets me down!” -Laura, CCRA

Atticus can usually be found patrolling the neighborhood with his mom Mary- something that she was worried he’d never be able to do again.

“Integrative Pet came in at a very difficult time after a spinal surgery for a ruptured disc. They have graced Atticus with the strength and comfort in order to recover beautifully and now he thinks he can fly! With the love that he’s been given at Integrative Pet I believe he can!” -Mary

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June 2019- Elmore

10 months ago · · Comments Off on June 2019- Elmore · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , , ,

Elmore

“Elmore came to us three years ago when we were looking for a puppy.  It was important for us to find one from a breeder who was part of the Newfoundland Club of America, did proper health testing on her dogs, and showed as well as participated in the Newfoundland events.  We were hoping that we could take part in these activities with Elmore, but unfortunately this was not in the cards for him. 

 Elmore always seemed slow to rise, lazy, never jumped on people or on furniture, and was never super active. I always felt something was off, so because of this we became patients at IPC to maintain and build his strength.

By the time he was 2 years old he had gone through rehabilitation following tightrope surgeries to repair both torn cranial cruciate ligaments (CCLs), as well as platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections.  After he was cleared by his surgeon we felt optimistic about his future.

However, days before Christmas, he was in the backyard running, and went down. He had ruptured his T13-L1 discs and was fully paralyzed in his back legs because of this. We were devastated and rushed him out to Veterinary Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove to see Dr. Mitch Robbins immediately.  An MRI revealed a type 3 intervertebral disc rupture at T13-L1 with no evidence of persistent compression of the spinal cord. The care Elmore received from the VSC team was phenomenal.

He did not undergo surgery as he had no compression of his spine. He was given a 75% chance to walk again within 3 weeks, otherwise he would not regain that function.  Our goal was clear, he would need IPC to help save his life. 

We had been going to IPC for several years with our other Newfoundland Cass ever since Dr. Robbins recommended it as the place to go for rehabilitation in the city. There was no other place we would go to for this type of work for our dog.  I have told people during this time that while you all are great at everything you do, I truly feel that your Neuro cases are your “bread and butter”.

Watching a giant breed who was once paralyzed in the rear now race over cavaletti poles and run around the gym, albeit somewhat “drunkenly”, is all the proof I need. IPC’s thorough program for Elmore, which consists of exercise, underwater treadmill, acupuncture, massage, laser, Adequan, NMES therapy and more, has been amazing. It was the exact combination needed. Throughout all of this, every single person from the front desk, to the therapists to the vets have been a part of a team dedicated to helping us and him. 

“I always look forward to finding and creating new challenges each time I work with Elmore.  He’s always ready to work hard and make us proud.  Big shout out to Ashley and Andrew- their commitment to his recovery has been truly inspiring!” -Elmore’s main therapist and biggest fan, Laura

Today Elmore likes to get up and go on his walks around the block, come home for breakfast, and then take a several hour nap.  After that he’s back out on walkies where he may bark at a few things and take some pictures for his instagram account, where he is quite popular.  He completes his day with dinner, more naps and of course visits to IPC where he goes roughly three times a week. Sometimes he gets to go out to different stores, parks and he LOVES car rides etc… But it is a bit more difficult now that he isn’t as mobile as he used to be.”  -Ashley, Elmore’s incredible mom

One thing I can tell other people going through this is to try to stay calm! It is so hard, don’t give up and don’t give up on your dog- some days you will want to, and that is ok.  Listen to the therapists at IPC and do the work at home, it is the only way they will keep getting better. 

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Elmore 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. 

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