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August 2017- Rocky

3 weeks ago · · Comments Off on August 2017- Rocky · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, ,

Rocky

Rocky’s journey started almost 3 years ago when his mom was asked to take a puppy to get x-rays while volunteering at PAWS Chicago.  Mia’s heart melted when she saw the 9 month old puppy who was so sweet even though he was injured and immediately volunteered to foster him.  It turned out that Rocky’s leg was so badly injured that he required an amputation.  After fostering him through his weeks of recovery, Mia decided he had to join her family!

Mia was understandably nervous about Rocky’s future quality of life so she decided to make an evaluation at Integrative Pet Care for preventative care.   

 

“As soon as I met Dr. Ridley & Laura, I knew I was in good hands.  They explained what would be ideal to aid in his recovery and addressed the typical concerns they had with tripods.  Afterwards I understood a lot more about actions I could take to be proactive in his recovery and prevent any further injury which was really important to me.” -Mia

“Rocky is a different dog since starting at Integrative Pet Care. People don’t even recognize he’s a tripod because he stands so straight and tall, runs like a maniac, and walks with so much confidence. He’s gained an incredible job amount of core strength and muscle throughout! He hardly ever falls over and often stands on his one back leg to look out the window or check for treats on the counter.  He’s naturally a very active and curious dog so we walk a lot and get a lot of exercise to keep him entertained. Luckily the muscles he’s developed because of our work at IPC have allowed him to keep up with all this activity! He loves training and learning tricks, and hunting rats in the park.” -Mia

“Rocky’s core strength is incredible for a tripod.  I love working with him in the gym because he can and will do anything I ask of him. I’m constantly coming up with new exercises to challenge him and he does it all without messing up his hairdo!” -Laura, Rocky’s therapist

 

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

 

SitStayRead’s mission is to improve literacy skills and foster a love of learning in children in low-income neighborhoods. Founded in 2003, SitStayRead brings teams of trained volunteers and Certified Reading Assistance Dogs into 16 Chicago Public Schools in some of Chicago’s poorest neighborhoods

 

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July 2017- Tilly

2 months ago · · Comments Off on July 2017- Tilly · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , ,

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A little over a year ago, Tilly’s mom Kirsten noticed she was having trouble with one of her rear legs.  After a few inconclusive vet visits, an evaluation at Integrative Pet Care was recommended.  “With Tilly being a senior corgi, my mind immediately went to Degenerative Myelopathy (DM), and I panicked” remembers Kirsten.  After meeting with Dr. Ridley, a twice weekly program of therapeutic exercise & underwater treadmill was prescribed.  After rocking it for 8 weeks with her therapist Laura, Tilly graduated to a maintenance plan of once weekly therapies.  Tilly is incredibly enthusiastic about her therapy (especially exercise) and absolutely hates taking breaks! 

We asked her mom to tell us a little about the daily life of Tilly: “She is a lazy loaf of bread at home. She loves sleeping in strange positions, including but not limited to underneath/in between her beds (corgi sandwich), belly up in the middle of the floor, next to the wall with her feet seemingly holding the wall up, and many more! She loves begging for snacks and working for treats, and I call her a canine Roomba because she is so motivated for any little food scrap. She loves being outside and going on road trip adventures. She’s traveled to both coasts several times, and even enjoys a quick trip around the block. She’s a fantastic copilot!”

“If you’ve seen the hashtags on social media #corgitude and #corgioncorgistrong, and you have the opportunity to meet Tilly, you’ll completely understand both of them! Tilly starts with her ‘corgitude’ by telling me just how excited she is to start her therapy sessions each week. They don’t bother to tell me Tilly has arrived, because I hear her bark. I then come up and see a smiling face as she leads me back to the gym. She is a strong, stumpy, little gal, and gives each session her all, and has no idea that DM is supposed to slow her down. I’m proud to be Tilly’s therapist, and I know #corgination is proud of Tilly too!” -Laura, Tilly’s therapist

“IPC has been nothing short of amazing. Tilly is now a little over a year out from her diagnosis, and is still walking on her own! The progression of DM has been so slow, thanks to their help. She’s started to slow down and have some more weakness, but without IPC I can only imagine we’d be much farther into the progression of the disease. It makes me happy to see her so excited and engaged while she is at IPC. They always go above and beyond to help us and make sure Tilly is getting the care she needs.” -Kirsten

 

 

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Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Tilly has asked us to tell you about CorgiAid & Queen’s Best Stumpy Dog Rescue.

CorgiAid is a nonprofit organization founded to provide financial assistance to corgis and corgi mixes. We help out those who rescue dogs from shelters or other non-permanent homes, then foster them until a new home is found. Medical and other expenses for these dogs can become high.

QBSDR is a rescue that saves special needs corgis and corgi mixes from California. We put great emphasis on rehabilitating our dogs medically and managing their behaviors through training, while getting to know their needs and quirks in order to find them the right home.  

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June 2017 Digger

3 months ago · · Comments Off on June 2017 Digger · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , ,

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We first met Digger a little over 2 years ago when her parents noticed she started slowing down.  After meeting with Dr. Megan Ridley, a formal rehabilitation program was created that included strengthening modalities such as underwater treadmill and exercise, as well as laser, acupuncture and massage therapy which were prescribed for pain management.  Digger loved her therapies right away and her mobility improved.

“IPC has helped Digger’s daily functioning – mobility, flexibility, stability.   The laser and acupuncture really help ease stiffness and pain.  The training you have provided and continue to provide so that we can work with her at home has been unbelievably helpful.   Digger would not be as mobile if not for her weekly visits.” -Bonnie, Digger’s mom

Digger has a lot of loves in life like watching trains and snoozing under the covers, but nothing beats swimming in the lake- toss a tennis ball and she’s off!  She still enjoys taking walks, but it involves more smelling than walking these days.

“As a 15 year old pit bull mix, Digger has developed more issues over the years, but that hasn’t changed her attitude.  She comes in ready to work and is all smiles (and barks) while doing it!” Dr. Ridley

 

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Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Digger has asked us to tell you about C.A.R.E.

Community Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E) is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization with a mission to serve the communities of Chicago’s North Shore by fostering and supporting healthy, positive relationships between people and companion animals. C.A.R.E. rehomes companion pets into safe, healthy, lifelong homes; serves as an educational and counseling resource; and works to reduce pet overpopulation.

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May 2017 Logan

4 months ago · · Comments Off on May 2017 Logan · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation, Uncategorized ·, , , ,

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Logan’s parents used to bring their elderly dog Cali for rehabilitation years ago, so they made an appointment right away when he was diagnosed with a partial tear of his cranial cruciate ligament (CCL).  They were hoping to avoid surgery, so a program was started that included therapeutic exercise, underwater treadmill & laser.  All was going well until he went a little too crazy in the snow and fully tore the ligament!  Logan soon had surgery and came back to IPC for post-surgery rehabilitatiolog2n.

“We adopted Logan from the Anti-Cruelty Society in July 2014 shortly after adopting our other dog Sinna.  We don’t know much about his past, other than that he came from Mississippi and that he was afraid of EVERYTHING. He literally pooped his metaphorical pants the first time he heard our garage door and wouldn’t willingly leave our bathroom for the first week or so. But oh so slowly, he gained confidence and has turned into the biggest, most loving goofball. Don’t get me wrong—he is still afraid of random things like plastic bags and street signs, but we’ve come a long way.” Kris, Logan’s mom.

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If you were to look up ‘proud therapist’ in the dictionary, there would be a picture of me staring in amazement at Logan!  He has overcome injuries, but most of all his confidence at IPC has soared.  I look forward to giving Logan a new challenge in the gym or during his underwater treadmill sessions because he’s always ready to show me what he’s got!” -Laura Krill, CCRA

“Yes, we’ve seen great progress and no additional injuries, but also Logan LOVES his sessions at IPC. We have technically completed his post-operative rehab program, but I plan to take him to IPC as long as they’ll have us because it is truly his happy place. Nowhere else is he so elated, so confident, and so at ease, as working out in the gym with Coach Laura.”  -Kris

loganYou can follow Logan’s, and his sisters Riley and Sinna, latest shenanigans on Instagram under Land of Misfit Dogs!

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TheBigBarn_FinalLogo-01-768x593Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.

 Logan has asked us to tell you about a new project his parents started with ALIVE Rescue.  Kris and Nate have gone above and beyond supporting local rescues and are building a shelter in Southern Wisconsin so ALIVE Rescue can further their mission!

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April 2017 Symon

5 months ago · · Comments Off on April 2017 Symon · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , ,

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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

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

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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

7 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

8 months ago · · Comments Off on January 2017 Crockett · Chicago's Patient of the Month ·, , , , , ,

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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

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

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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

10 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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