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August 2018- Gigi

2 weeks ago · · Comments Off on August 2018- Gigi · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , ,

Gigi

Integrative Pet Care was recommended by Gigi’s primary care veterinarian after she went through a series of health setbacks.   She was recovering from her 2nd failed Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) surgery on her right leg, and had a ruptured cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) on her left.  She was also in the middle of treatment for Steroid-Responsive Meningitis. Gigi was limping, in pain, bloated, and had gained 10lbs from the high dose of steroids. She was grumpy all the time, had no interest in balls, which were her LIFE pre-illness and surgery.

Amy brought Gigi in for an evaluation where she met with Dr. Megan Ridley.  She was prescribed a program which consisted of pain management modalities like laser and massage in the beginning, which Gigi could not get enough of!  Once her pain was under control, exercise and underwater treadmill were introduced for weight loss and strengthening.  Gigi has done incredibly well with her therapies and has remained stable.

IPC’s policy of allowing pet owners to attend therapy sessions and learn how to continue therapy at home from therapists was essential in Gigi’s transformation. She gets so excited to see Doris for her weekly hydrotherapy. -Amy

Since starting therapy, Gigi went from only being able to slowly walk for 3 minutes on the treadmill to walking at an incline for 20 minutes. She is so much happier and feels much more confident and strong with walking and running around. Ball is life again!

Today Gigi spends most of her day with a ball in her mouth. She loves to play fetch, tug of war, and will finally let it go to have it thrown  again. Repeat a thousand times. When not playing with her ball, Gigi enjoys napping in the sun, pressing her face against the window during her neighborhood watch shifts, and manipulating people into giving her what she wants with her big sad eyes and baby like cry. She is silly, goofy, and has a way of making everyone she meets feel like the most important and exciting person in the world in that moment.” -Amy

 

“Amy and Gigi are such a great duo who I always look forward to working with!” -Doris, Gigi’s therapist

Make a difference!

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

CRISP provides free services to help Chicago pet owners keep their pets rather than surrendering them.  And if we can’t help you find a way to keep your pet, our network of Chicago dog and cat lovers will help you place them immediately with a rescue group or no-kill shelter to bypass the city shelter completely.

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July 2018- Brita

2 months ago · · Comments Off on July 2018- Brita · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , ,

Brita

“Brita came into our lives in March or April of 2013 when ALIVE Rescue rescued her from Chicago Animal Care and Control (along with her sister, Winnie – also a previous IPC patient – Hi, Winnie!). After her previous foster families were no longer able to foster her, she weaseled her way into our home. Brita doesn’t like other dogs, so it was difficult to find a forever home for her. She spent the next 2 years with ALIVE, during which time we fostered her off-and-on when we could. Adopting her wasn’t practical in our apartment, but my husband Ryan, our dog Bubbles and I always had a special connection with Brita and knew she belonged with us, so we began looking at buying a house.  We finally adopted her in February of 2015, and moved into our new home in June of 2015.

Brita has been coming to IPC since she ruptured her left CCL almost a year ago.  She eventually had bilateral Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) surgeries and has been coming for laser, massage, exercise, and underwater treadmill ever since. She quickly regained range of motion and muscle mass due to her therapies. Beyond that, though, it has helped with her mental state – Brita LOVES coming to IPC to see her Auntie Laura and other friends.  She knows she will get so much love, attention, and treats there every time – she gets so excited when we go to the car!

We chose IPC mainly because of  it’s reputation in the canine rehab world (my husband’s cousin, a canine rehab therapist in Tulsa, even knew of IPC by reputation).  Also, I knew several of the employees from my time volunteering with ALIVE, so I knew they were good people!  Another reason we decided to go to IPC is the accommodations they make for Brita’s dog reactivity – the staff always makes sure to keep everyone as safe and stress-free as possible when we come, which I really appreciate.

Brita spends most of her day on our couch watching tv. In the evenings, she greets us with her trademark “Rooooooo!”  She then spends time in the yard, where she LOVES playing in the neighbor’s sprinkler that sprays into our yard. She also enjoys barking at passing dogs or people on the sidewalk, and rolling in the grass. If Brita had her choice, she would spend the majority of her time outside – I often have to either coax her in with treats or physically pick her up, since the bones seem to leave her body when I tell her its time to come in. She likes to play fetch with toys (balls are her favorite), and tearing up cardboard boxes is her favorite thing in the world. Well, that and Ritz crackers. She also enjoys spinning around on the bed like a maniac, rolling around on the floor like a weirdo, and dashing at full speed around the house for no reason. At night, she sleeps under the covers, next to my feet.” -Cisely, Brita’s mom

 

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Brita has asked us to tell you about Chicagoland Rescue Intervention and Support Program (CRISP) and Live Like Roo.

CRISP provides free services to help Chicago pet owners keep their pets rather than surrendering them.  And if we can’t help you find a way to keep your pet, our network of Chicago dog and cat lovers will help you place them immediately with a rescue group or no-kill shelter to bypass the city shelter completely.

Live Like Roo Foundation supports dogs and their owners through a cancer diagnosis by providing financial and emotional assistance. We also love senior dogs.

 

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June 2018- Sasha

2 months ago · · Comments Off on June 2018- Sasha · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Sasha

Sasha is a 15 year old chow mix who first pranced through our doors hoping to find relief for her arthritis which was starting to slow her down about 5 years ago.  She was prescribed a treatment plan which consisted of twice weekly strengthening modalities such as resistance pool and exercise, as well as acupuncture, massage and laser therapy which were used for pain management.  Sasha began to improve, so she was put on a once weekly program and underwater treadmill was added.

Her mom Beth gave us history on Sasha, as well as a glimpse into her daily life: “I went to the Anti-Cruelty Society on Grand Ave. in May 2003 because they had advertised some cute puppies on the news.  I told myself I wouldn’t adopt unless a dog really made an impression on my heart.  When I got there, all the puppies were gone so I took a lap around all the cages.  None of them seemed right for me.  As I was leaving I took a look in the waiting area and spotted a lady and her son playing with a little peach fuzzball.  That lady had my dog!  As fate would have it, they put her back.  I swooped in and took her from her cage and sat with her.  She was mine from the first moment and has been my precious best friend for 15 years.

Sasha starts pacing at 6:30am which is my alarm clock.  I start my coffee and line up her many pills to shove down the chute (she doesn’t fall for the “pills wrapped in something yummy trick”).  She’s loaded into the wagon for a ride to the park to see her  neighborhood friends.  (She can’t walk to the park and back anymore so we need a little help from the wagon everyday).  Once we’re done socializing and I get ready for work, she’s off to daycare (Pooch hotel) where she gladly comes to hang out with her “school friends.”  She hangs there while I work.  I pick her up, get her daily report and head home in time for dinner.  It’s a long day for her so she snoozes most of the evening, gets endless kisses and hugs from mom, a couple chews on her beloved bully sticks, with her ice packs on her back and the Assisi loop targeted at her poor joints.  Last pills of the day and off to bed.

Sasha has had joint issues, elbows and rear legs since she was 6 yrs old.  She had a TPLO surgery on back right leg, cruciate ligament on left rear leg, an elbow replacement on her front right elbow and two arthroscopic procedures in her left front elbow to remove bone fragments from osteoarthritis.  Needless to say my girl has had a rough go on all four legs— mobility and limited pain relief options—brought our Vet to recommend IPC. And I’m so glad she did!

With Sasha’s all four limbs being affected with stiffness and pain and her limited options with pain medications, we had to explore other ways to manage her pain and assist her with mobility so she can live her best life.  Sasha immediately fell in love with Emma and will do anything she asks Sasha to do and Dr. Zenoni has given Sasha such care.  Sasha has done water treadmill, laser therapy, floor exercises, laser therapy, tens machine and acupuncture.  Regardless of the therapy, Sasha is willing to try it all if Emma and her I ask her to.  Liver treats don’t hurt either!

 

IPC has been a godsend and a necessary part of her life for the last 3 years.

Sasha has beaten the odds all her life.  Within a month of adopting her at 10 weeks old, she contracted parvovirus and was given a 50/50 chance of survival.  It was a rough beginning but she made it through and has withstood 10 surgeries for her many joint and other ailments throughout her life.  Through it all, she has faced every hurdle with bravery, sweetness and some of that Chow stubbornness.  I’ve learned so much about life and myself through her eyes and in a blink 15 years has passed by.  I thank God everyday that she’s my girl—I just couldn’t have pictured my life without her.”

Sasha is a special lady who I look forward to seeing every week. She has been through so much and I’m proud to be part of her team! -Emma, Sasha’s therapist

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Since she is a sassy senior herself, Sasha has asked us to tell you about Young at Heart.

Young at Heart’s mission is to rescue and rehome senior dogs and cats, to educate the public on the benefits of adopting older pets and their care, and to reduce the euthanasia rate for adoptable senior pets.

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May 2018- Dallas

4 months ago · · Comments Off on May 2018- Dallas · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , ,

Dallas

Dallas is a sweet, seven year old pit mix who started coming to IPC over a year ago.  She had been diagnosed with chronic Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) tears in both knees and her mom Harmony was looking for an alternative to surgery.   She met with Dr. Zenoni and Lindsey for an evaluation and since she was stable at the time, a treatment plan was prescribed.  Unfortunately Dallas re-injured her left leg and surgery was ultimately recommended.

Dallas had a Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) procedure on her left knee and came back to IPC shortly after to restart therapy.  Dallas came twice weekly for therapies that included laser, massage, exercise, and underwater treadmill.  Dallas did great with her therapies and genuinely loved coming!

“We have been coming to IPC for a year now, and not only has it helped Dallas through therapy, but been such a big help with me as a dog mom- I have learned so much.  Dallas has done amazing with her progress, and had fun with it.” -Harmony

Since Dallas recovered so well after her left TPLO surgery, it was decided that she should have her right knee done as well in January.  So again, Dallas came back to us immediately after surgery and started the process over again.  Dallas looks fantastic, but still comes regularly as part of our maintenance club.

Harmony told about when she first met Dallas: “On Christmas Day 2012 my brothers and I were heading to a movie.  As we were circling the parking lot we almost hit a dog passing through.  WE stopped and got her to come over to us.  She had clearly been on the streets for some time, she was malnourished, had some open wounds and clearly just run down.  We were able to give her some water and a passerby gave us a McDonalds cheeseburger to give her.  We took her home to my mom’s house and kept her in the garage for a few days while we slowly tried to integrate her pack of ten dogs.  The following April after trying to find a home for her to no avail.  My step dad called me and said “come get your dog,”  as I had very clearly bonded with her from the beginning and the visit I had a couple months after we found her.  So April of 2013, I flew to California and we made our way to Chicago, and started and tradition of cross country road trips that we love to take together.”

Today Dallas is back to being her normal self.  “She loves to take 3-4 walks a day.  We love to walk down the street and sit outside the bakery and soak up the morning sun.  She very often accompanies me on running errands.  Now that the weather has broken and her knee has healed we LOVE to go on different adventures at the forest preserves.  Every summer we take a road trip to Colorado to visit family and stay at our family cabin in the mountains.  Once she gets the green light she will be back at K9 University for daycare playing with all of her friends, or heading to the dog park.” -Harmony

 

“It’s so much fun to work with Dallas. She has an opinion about everything and prefers belly rubs to sitting still for massage, but she always works hard and comes back for more. She’s regrown almost all of her muscle back after two TPLO surgeries, and I couldn’t be more proud of her!” –Lindsey, Dallas’ therapist and biggest fan

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Dallas has asked us to tell you about Safe Humane Chicago & Bialy’s Wellness Foundation.

Creating safe and humane communities by inspiring positive relationships between people and animals. Safe Humane is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit

 

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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April 2018- Sarge

5 months ago · · Comments Off on April 2018- Sarge · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , ,

Sarge

Sarge came to Integrative Pet Care in November 2015 when his parents Matt and Tabitha noticed that he was slowing down and dragging his hind limbs on walks. Sarge started a rehabilitation program which included weekly therapeutic exercise, underwater treadmill, laser therapy, and acupuncture sessions.

Sarge did fantastic with his therapies and his parents noticed a difference, plus he LOVES coming!  “Sarge’s weekly highlight is his visit to IPC, which he vocalizes with an indescribable howl as he enters the lobby every time” says Matt.

After completing his formal program, Sarge continued coming weekly for therapies which all parties enjoy immensely!  “Sarge is definitely a patient I look forward to seeing each week.  He has a fantastic attitude and will do anything you ask of him.  Plus he has parents who have gone above and beyond for his care as he ages.” -Sarge’s therapist, Erin Kowalski

Matt told us about when they first got Sarge: “we had always wanted a Pug and had already picked out the name “Sargent Slaughter”, but the apartment we were living in didn’t allow pets. A move to a different apartment in the summer of 2006 allowed us to realize this dream.  Coincidentally, we met a couple who owned a handsome Pug, and they referred us to their breeder.  A short time later, in August 2006, we drove home from Marengo, IL, with Sarge in tow.

Sarge mainly sleeps all day long.  If there is a human around, he will whine until he has their lap taken over for his slumber.  If weather is permitting, he will be taken on a walk around the block by one of us in his cart. Otherwise he is found snoring in our bed or on the couch while we go about our lives.”

Integrative Pet Care was an obvious option for Sarge’s needs as the employees were warm and affectionate with Sarge from the get go, and they have provided a high level of support and care for his special needs. – Matt

Sarge was fitted for one of our loaner carts and it has vastly improved his mobility- “The cart has been a game changer for Sarge and us.  We can now take him on longer walks either around the neighborhood or up on the 606.  We put him in it around the house a few times a day, and it gives him the best option to zoom around like a younger Pug.” -Matt

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Sarge has asked us to tell you about Northern Illinois Pug Rescue and Adoption, Inc.

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March 2018- Bella

6 months ago · · Comments Off on March 2018- Bella · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , ,

Bella

After completing a rehabilitation program following a tibial tuberosity advancement surgery (TTA) to repair her left torn Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) at another clinic, Bella’s mom Christy switched to IPC at the recommendation of a friend.  Bella met with Dr. Megan Ridley and Laura who prescribed an 8 week treatment plan which consisted of underwater treadmill and therapeutic exercise.

Bella did a fantastic job with her therapies, which built muscle mass and strengthened her left rear leg!  After her program was finished, she continued coming once weekly for underwater treadmill as part of our maintenance club.  Unfortunately Bella had a setback and became lame on her right rear leg.  Bella went to see Dr. Paula West at Veterinary Specialty Center where she was diagnosed with a right CCL tear.

Until Bella was able to have surgery, she came weekly for a pre-hab program which consisted of massage and laser sessions.  Following her TPLO surgery, Bella returned to IPC for more underwater treadmill sessions.  Christy was also taught more advanced exercises to do at home.

“IPC has helped Bella heal- strengthening her legs, knees and back, but they’ve also helped give me the confidence & knowledge to maintain her wellness outside of her visits.” -Christy, Bella’s mom

Christy also gave us a glimpse into Bella’s day which starts when she’s woken up too early by her annoying little sister, Laken.  The rest of her day is filled with walks, naps, toys, treats and fun! Her ears are matted from her sister chewing on them but she loves the attention and will seek it out if being ignored.

“Bella has had the BEST attitude from the moment I met her – always willing to try something new, and always excited to be here! She’s worked really hard both at IPC and at home to regain her strength and rebuild muscle, especially when treats are involved. It’s been such a pleasure to watch her progress – I love our sessions together!” -Lindsey, Bella’s therapist 

Make a difference!

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

As Good as Gold – Golden Retriever Rescue of Illinois is dedicated to the rescue, care and adoption of Golden Retrievers and golden mixes who are in need.  

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February 2018- Timmy

7 months ago · · Comments Off on February 2018- Timmy · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , ,

Timmy

“We got Timmy from M.O.P.S. Pug Rescue and Adoption (a Chicago area pug rescue) in December 2014 when he was about to turn 10. I first saw him when they did a Facebook post asking for funds to help pay vet bills for two new pugs they had taken in. There was just something about him, I couldn’t stop thinking about him. Over the next week I kept going back and looking at his PetFinder profile and then finally submitted an application. I had another pug, Violet, and was a little worried about how she would feel about it, but M.O.P.S. felt that it would be a good fit (after asking a lot of questions about her and meeting her at the home visit) and they were right! It was love at first sniff.” – Christina, Timmy’s mom

Christina first came to Integrative Pet Care with her other Pug Violet after she tore a knee ligament, so she knew just the place to bring Timmy for his mobility issues.   Timmy was dragging his rear legs and couldn’t walk very far.  A rehabilitation program was prescribed by Dr. Megan Ridley and he grew stronger and was able to go on longer(ish) walks. Unfortunately they returned about a year ago when he started having trouble walking again, this time due to neurological issues.

Christina feels that weekly therapies have slowed down his declining mobility and helps manage his pain, but it also gives Timmy some fun every week!  “I love, love, love working with Timmy!  He’s really started enjoying his sessions and works hard for his treats” says his therapist Laura.

“IPC has also been extremely helpful in giving me suggestions how to manage day to day issues with his changing mobility.” -Christina

Timmy was recently fitted for a cart and we were all unsure how he’d adapt.  Well, he blew us out of the water when he got in zoomed away!  “Within the first two minutes of using a cart he was running gleefully around the office! He’s had no trouble adjusting too it. He loves to be out and about and to take long sniffy walks, and the cart means he gets to keep doing both. I’m really impressed with how much he can do in his carts, curbs and sidewalk bumps are no problem and he can turn on a dime. We call him the pugdozer in it because nothing gets in his way or slows him down!” -Christina

 Christina gave us a little glimpse into Timmy’s daily life: “Weekdays are mostly about napping, walking around the neighborhood, and snuggling. But on weekends, Timmy loves to be out and about. He’s often out snackie shopping, doing errands, checking out other parts of the city, and traveling. You can see his adventures on IG/Twitter/FB at @TimmyOPug.”

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Timmy has asked us to tell you about Making Our Pugs Safe and Northern Illinois Pug Rescue and Adoption, Inc.

M.O.P.S. Pug Rescue & Adoption is a Non-Profit 501c3 Company who has a group of volunteers dedicated to the welfare of pure bred pug dogs.  M.O.P.S. works with Animal Shelters, Owner Relinquishments and Stray Pure Bred Pugs, fostering them until they are ready for their new homes

 

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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January 2018- Walter

8 months ago · · Comments Off on January 2018- Walter · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , ,

Walter

Walter is an 8 year old Dachshund who we first met 3 years ago following his first Hemilaminectomy (back) surgery.  His mom, Dr. Julia Georgesen from Blum Animal Hospital, knew rehabilitation was a crucial part of recovery, so she came to IPC for an evaluation.

Walter met with Dr. Deanne Zenoni and Emma who prescribed an 8 week treatment program that included twice weekly underwater treadmill & therapeutic exercise/laser sessions.  Walter looked great after completing his first rehabilitation program, so his mom decided to take a break.  Unfortunately, Walter needed a second surgery last year and he came back to IPC soon after.

Walter was again prescribed a twice weekly program of underwater treadmill & therapeutic exercise/laser sessions.  This time his mom was taught how to do certain exercises and massage techniques to extend his treatment at home.  

Walter looked fantastic after his 8 week program, but Dr. Georgesen decided to continue coming once weekly as part of our maintenance program which she says “is great for Walter’s health and he loves going”!

 

 

 

 

 

“I’ve known Dr. Georgesen on a professional level for years as we share many cases.  Working with her and Walter on a personal level has been such an enjoyable experience!” -Dr. Deanne Zenoni

Walter diligently comes to IPC every Monday and spends the day with us while him mom is at work.  While not in his therapy sessions, he can be found eating lunch with his therapist Emma or cuddling with our patient service coordinators.  It’s no secret that Walter is a staff favorite!

“What can I say about Walter… I love him!” -Emma 

 

During the work week, Walter goes to work with his mom and little brother Kevin at Blum Animal Hospital.  At home he indulges in his favorite activities, sleeping close to the fire & eating.

 

 

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Walter has asked us to tell you about where his little brother Kevin was adopted from,  Midwest Dachshund Rescue!

Midwest Dachshund Rescue is a 501(c)3 all-volunteer organization that was founded in 2003.  We help our communities (individuals, families and humane societies/shelters) safely rehome and rehabilitate dachshunds and dachshund mixes.

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December 2017-Barry

9 months ago · · Comments Off on December 2017-Barry · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , ,

Barry

 

Jeanne met Barry as a puppy in 2012 on the set of a TV show she used to host when he was featured as an adoptable dog. “I always say he picked me because he sat on the couch next to me and didn’t move for the entire show.  I liked having him that close to me, even though he was a little stinky” recalls Jeanne.

While Barry has always had knee issues on and off his whole life,  one completely gave out earlier this year and his primary care veterinarian discovered significant damage to the ligaments in both knees.  At the recommendation of her veterinarian and 2 friends, Jeanne made an appointment at Integrative Pet Care where she met with Dr. Megan Ridley.  Dr. Ridley agreed that surgery was the best option for his bilateral torn cranial cruciate ligaments.

Barry started a prehab program of twice weekly massage/laser treatments until he had surgery with Dr. Paula West a month later at Veterinary Specialty Center.  He came back soon after and was prescribed a twice weekly rehabilitation program that included massage, laser, exercise & underwater treadmill.  Barry excelled at his treatments and once his left knee healed, he had the same surgery on the right.

“I initially came to IPC seeking a second opinion on his surgeries because I wanted to make sure I made the best choice for his treatment.  And 7 months later, Dr. Ridley, Erin, Lindsey and the whole IPC staff have helped us through both surgeries with rehab, advice and all the support we could ever ask for.  And Barry LOVES it at IPC!” -Jeanne

“Despite the fact that Barry thinks his rehab sessions are actually social calls, he works really hard when he’s at IPC and always has a positive attitude (unless someone runs out of treats!).  His mom’s dedication to his recovery has been incredible- she keeps him in line and makes sure he does his exercises at home, even when he’d rather be sleeping.  They’re both so much fun and such a pleasure to work with!” -Lindsey, Barry’s therapist & #1 fan

Barry has done so well, that he was graduated to a maintenance plan.  We see Barry once weekly for either a underwater treadmill or a combo exercise/massage/laser session!  While we miss seeing him twice a week, we’re so happy that he’s doing well.

“Barry is a beagle mix, so his approach to life is very hound-ish… he’s lazy in the house but is ready to go out anytime, and has his nose to the ground the entire time he’s outside. His schedule is as follows: stretch, eat, walk, nap, beg for treats, play, sleep… rinse & repeat. And as you can tell by the pictures, he almost always has the same expression on his face” explains Jeanne.

Make a difference!

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

Heartland’s mission is: a) to provide a no-kill shelter for the care, humane treatment, and adoption of lost, stray, and abandoned animals; b) to find permanent, loving homes for homeless animals and promote responsible pet ownership through education, community outreach, and collaboration while maintaining respect and compassion for all creatures.

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November 2017- Frango

10 months ago · · Comments Off on November 2017- Frango · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , ,

Frango

“I first brought Frango to IPC in 2005 for a consult to rule out pain as a reason for his aggression.  X-rays revealed that while his hips were not the best, they weren’t the worst either.  Due to his young age, it was too soon to determine if he had Hip Dysplasia and after a few visits, anything orthopedic was ruled out as a reason for his aggression.  We continued to work with a trainer and strengthened our bond through sports like agility and retrieving. 

In 2010, Frango started to refuse stairs and diagnostics revealed that he did indeed have hip dysplasia.  He also developed both Osteochondrosis Dissecans and Biceps Tenosynovitis in his right shoulder, which may have been due to overcompensating during his high impact activities.  Frango took a break from sports and returned to Integrative Pet Care to start a 10 week treatment ‘pre-hab’ program that included twice weekly resistance pool and laser therapy sessions.  Frango then had surgery on his right shoulder and bore weight the day after surgery, amazing everyone, even his surgeon!

Post surgery, he was prescribed an 8 week program which consisted of resistance pool, laser therapy, and therapeutic exercise.  After completion, he continued coming every 2 weeks for resistance pool and monthly chiropractic adjustments.

Unfortunately Frango injured his left knee by slipping going up the stairs in January 2017. He no longer seemed to benefit from the resistance pool, so Dr. Megan Ridley created a new a new treatment program which consisted of weekly underwater treadmill, laser therapy sessions.  He was also fitted for a Help ‘Em Up Harness which helped prevent further injury to his knee on the stairs or getting in and out of the car.  I was concerned that Frango would miss the pool, but he excelled on the Underwater Treadmill, loving the massage jets on his hind end!  Then in the Summer, Frango headed to the pool which was the first time he had done this in awhile, so we started alternating underwater treadmill and resistance pool sessions. 

IPC has helped to maximize Frango’s strength and endurance for many years.  It prepared him for a major surgery and promoted the positive outcomes & helped ease his transition into retirement by keeping him conditioned and allowed his ability to still participate in low impact sports.  Frango’s visits to IPC are the highlight of his week!  The treatment he receives gives him the chance to feel like Mr. Big Stuff.

Frango’s life has become pretty mellow.  He goes for walks twice daily and sleeps the day away waiting for my husband and I to return home from work.  He’s ready for a treat every time we come or go and anytime in between!  Anytime I’m working in the kitchen he is at my side playing ‘sous chef’.  And when my husband and I relax on the couch at night, he solicits his booty massages.

Now Frango is battling against Cancer.  A tumor was discovered on his left anal sac and had spread to his lymph nodes.  He will undergo removal of a lymph node as well as the tumor on his anal sac and then go through chemotherapy.  I know we can count on our friends at IPC to help ease any pain and discomfort he may encounter during the treatment.  I also know that all of the conditioning Frango has done at IPC through the years has helped make him a resilient, strong dog and has prepared him well for this, his final battle.”

-Patty, Frango’s mom.

Make a difference!

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

Retrieving Freedom, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to training service dogs to help people. Our three primary focuses are training dogs to serve the needs of veterans, children with autism and individuals living with diabetes. 

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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