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November 2020 – Butter Bean

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Butter Bean, otherwise known as Bean, Buttas, The Bean Man, BB, etc., was adopted by his owner in April 2016 after her prior pup (an IPC alumni) named Sahara passed away in 2015. Bean was adopted from a rescue in the suburbs called Animal Rescue Foundation- Illinois (ARF). Before coming to ARF, he was rescued from a kill-shelter down in southern Indiana. 

Although it was love at first site for Butter Bean’s owner, it seemed like he did not feel the same way when they first met. No matter, Butter Bean’s owner took a chance and decided to bring him home anyway.

I have to admit, he wasn’t too excited to meet me – he seemed pretty happy with his foster family and all of their dogs.  However, we decided to give it a shot and he came home with me. While our first few days were sort of eventful (the first night we ended up at the emergency vet, and, later, the first walk we ever did, I locked us out of the house in freezing weather), we’ve settled into a great routine.

Belinda, Butter Bean’s Owner

Butter Bean first came to Integrative Pet care in August of 2019 when his primary care veterinarian noticed some issue with his patellas and recommended physical rehabilitation. It was later discovered by our very own Dr. Ridley that Butter Bean had some leg deformities, Grade III luxating patellas and some neurological issues. With that information, he was put on a program to focus on comfort and muscle strengthening (and help him lose some weight as well). He is currently receiving a combination of exercise, massage, and laser treatments once a week and an acupuncture treatment every other week. He used to do sessions in the hydro-treadmill to help with his strengthening, but prefers to do most of his exercises in the gym.

Seeing and working with Butter Bean is a high point of my week. His sassy disposition always brings a smile to my face!

Renee, Butter Bean’s therapist

Since then, he has been an IPC regular and one of the team’s fan favorites. He has recently been diagnosed with heart disease along with his limb and neurological issues; however, his comfort and strength has been improving thanks to the dedication of his owner and vet team.

Oh, dearest of Bean, lover of Cheerios. Your IPC team loves you so. You make us all giggle with your resting side-eye. You are impossible to not adore. Thank you for providing me with years of entertainment.

Dr. Ridley, Veterinarian at IPC
“The king of sassy side-eye!”

At now 11 years young, he is the such trooper through everything he has gone through. He will never pass up a treat (even if it only his special heart-healthy kibble treats) and has enough sass for anyone that comes around. He would never admit it, but he enjoys coming to for his sessions every week and the team absolutely loves having him.

What can I say about Butter Bean. First of all, he is just adorable. Second, I love his sassy, but sweet side. Sometimes, he will just come and sit as close to you as possible without actually laying on you. It is almost like a cuddle but in his own special way. He would never admit it, but I do think he loves us just as much as we love him. He is always so much fun to work with and brightens my day every time he is in. We love you, Butters!

Katie, TA at IPC of Chicago

Butter Bean has settled well in his new family over the past few years. He is such a sweet and shy guy, and always knows how to crack up everyone he meets. His owner says he loves a good belly rub and shows a little sly smile when he thinks he tricks his owner into giving him one. He is truly one of a kind!

He’s incredibly patient, putting up with me as well with a pair of new siblings (also rescues from ARF) who came into our home a couple of years ago.  The three “littles” as my brother and sister call them have really bonded, and I think they all enjoy one another’s company. Bean is the most stoic of all of them, and rarely causes any uproar in the house – he’s the calmest Chihuahua I’ve ever met.  I just love the little dude.

Belinda, Butter Bean’s Owner

Each month we ask our POTM to select an organization for us to feature. This month, Butter Bean’s owner asked us to feature two organizations that have impacted Butter Bean’s life: Animal Rescue Foundation of Illinois (A.R.F), where Bean and his two dog siblings were rescued from and Pets First Veterinary Clinic, where Bean has received his primary care treatment. These two organizations have helped Butter Bean and his owner in so many ways to make sure he is comfortable and taken care of when needed. Please learn more about them in the links below:

Animal Rescue Foundation of Illinois (A.R.F): https://www.arf-il.org/

Pets First Veterinary Clinic:
https://www.petsfirstchicago.com/

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October 2020 – Violet

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The Mooney family knew exactly what they were getting themselves into when they rescued Violet. She was a racing greyhound and Florida native in her early life. Luckily for the Mooney family, Violet was terrible at racing and retired early, which is how she ended up at REGAP (Retired Greyhounds as Pets) of Illinois.

Their first encounter with violet was not as common as most first-time meet and greets with dogs, but it didn’t deter them from falling in love with her. 

Our first meeting with Violet was uneventful and she didn’t even seem to like us that much. This aloofness was relatable and she became our dog. Her independence and aloofness wasn’t shyness, as we later realized that she is a sassy apple, a HBIC, and a very independent woman who wants to do things her way.  

Patrick, Violet’s Owner
Taken first week of being rescued!

For those of you that are unaware, greyhounds are notorious for small injuries. Luckily for Violet’s family, they knew from day one that this could be possible. Violet, of course is a tough lady and has only needed stitches one time, but has broken almost all of her nails and dislocated a few toes as well. Violet did not end up at IPC until she got older and her owners noticed her slowing down and scuffing her hind feet a lot as she walked. Soon after that Violet had a difficult time getting comfortable and began yelping. Her owner’s didn’t know what was causing it and got concerned.

They reached out to their pals at One Tail at a Time Rescue to see if they had any recommendations for Violet. They suggested IPC and later got confirmation from their vet that IPC was the place to go.

Violet is just the sweetest. She is so great and easy to work with. I have such a fun time working with her and she brightens my day every time I see her. How can you not love that face!

Rika, Violet’s Therapist

Violet’s first appointment at IPC was on August 3rd, 2019 and has been coming to her regular appointments since then. She was diagnosed with lumbarsacral disease, spondylosis, IVDD, and osteoarthritis. It seems like a lot, but she is still the happy, excited dog that she is. The team at IPC decided that she does a combination of therapies including: Underwater treadmill, exercise, laser, and massage. Although she loves all the therapies she gets, she seems to get the most excited when she gets into the gym.

Violet is a hoot! She’s fun and always a good time. She gets so excited just to come into the building. Sometimes even gets a little too excited that we have to calm her down so she doesn’t hurt herself. Haha.

Emma, Violet’s Therapist

“Violet did not read the book on being a greyhound. She is not remotely nervous and she knows how to sit! She is seriously the biggest social butterfly and she loves to lean on anyone who is nearby. She loves rehabilitation; she is so focused and attentive to what her therapists are asking her to do. We like to playfully joke that she always makes sure to be just slightly worse for my recheck exams so that she can keep coming to IPC forever. She is the best girl, incredibly smart, and we love her long snoot!”

Dr. Martin, Violet’s Vet at IPC
Fun Fact: Most Greyhounds we meet do not know how to sit. This is Violet’s special trick!

Violet has been an IPC regular since her first day and has been loving coming here ever since. Her owners are grateful to the IPC team and we love Violet’s fun and spunky spirit every time she walks through the doors. The team here is so proud of all her hard work and looks forward to working with her every time she comes in.

Sam and I would like to thank everyone at IPC, especially Rika, Emma & Dr. Martin, for taking such good care of her and keeping her back issues from getting worse! She’s going to be able to do her quick 45 second sprints forever now!

Patrick, Violet’s Owner

Each month we ask our POTM to select an organization for us to feature. This month, Violet’s owner asked us to feature two organizations that have impacted Violet’s life: REGAP of Illinois and One Tail at a Time Rescue. These two organizations have helped Violet and her owner in so many ways to make sure Violet is comfortable and taken care of when needed. Please learn more about them in the links below:

REGAP of Illinois: https://regapgreyhounds.org/

One Tail at a Time: https://www.onetail.org/

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September 2020 – Liza

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Liza came into her owner’s life at only 8 weeks old and changed her life. From the moment she was brought home, she has been the sweetest girl with a ton of sass and comedy. Her owner says it was love at first sight and even 4 years later, that feeling has never changed. 

Liza came to me and healed my broken heart…

….. It is impossible to pick my favorite things about her – she is just perfect. She is more than a dog, there is something magical behind her eyes. Liza and love at first sight go hand in hand for everyone that meets her.

Jamie, Liza’s Owner

A few fun facts about Liza is that she is sucker for peanut butter and her favorite toy is a pink flying pig that she uses as a pacifier when she is extremely excited and during bed time. How much cuter can she get! 

Liza ended up a member of the IPC family when her owner picked her up from daycare one day and noticed she wasn’t walking with as much spunk as she usually did and in pain. Later that night she was having a hard time sleeping and her neck seemed to be stuck in an awkward and bizarre position. She also had a hard time moving her hind legs. Obviously, her owner became very concerned and Liza was taken to the ER that night where the vet suspected something called Intervertebral Disc Disease, or IVDD. This type of disease is also referred to as a ruptured or slipped disc and is actually very common in small and longer-bodied breeds, like French Bulldogs. Liza was put on a low amount of steroids and pain medications to help, but after a set back an MRI was done to reveal she in fact had IVDD.

Liza had her first appointment at IPC on August 6, 2019 and the IPC team has fallen in love her just like her owner did when she first met her. Since then, she has come twice a week to receive a variety of therapies; however, we found out quickly that she was not a fan of the underwater treadmill, so it was taken off of her program. Now, she sticks to more fun therapies, like acupuncture, exercise, massage, and laser.

Liza is always ready for a challenge and loves when I try to come up with new things for her to master.  She has gotten so strong I do believe her core is significantly better than mine! She’s a delightful girl and brightens my week each time she’s here.

Tami, Liza’s Therapist

 I cannot say enough about the team. Dr. Martin and Tami are incredible – just incredible. They not only have helped my sweet girl get better and help to manage her IVDD, but they make sure to take care of the human as well, 🙂  They are just both so kind.

Jamie, Liza’s Owner

Some of our favorite things about Liza is her incredible ability to be so sweet and so sassy at the same time. She knows her routine and loves it. She is sucker for peanut butter and is known to have the best style in the place with her fun and vibrant harnesses. Her vet, therapists, and owner have seen a dramatic improvement with Liza’s disc issues and plans to continue coming for her bi-weekly appointments. She absolutely loves coming to IPC and we love having her. Every appointment with her is such a blast and we always look forward to seeing her big personality every week.

Liza is such a lovely, social girl and everything she does is 100%. She is so easy for us all to bond with, especially given her ability to devote her entire focus to whomever is in front of her (though it doesn’t hurt if you have a peanut butter cup). She is lucky enough to have a caring, wonderful, sweet, and attentive owner who can pick out any changes and tell us immediately. I am so happy to have met them both and honored to be entrusted with Liza’s care.

Dr. Kelli Martin, Veterinarian at IPC

Liza always puts a smile on the IPC staff’s face!!!! I look forward to all my assists with her because I know I will get plenty of peanut butter kisses and love! She is for sure the peanut butter queen around here…and the queen in general.

Brooklyn, TA at IPC

Each month we ask our POTM to select an organization for us to feature. This month, Liza’s owner asked us to feature two organizations that have impacted Liza’s life: Blum Animal Hospital in Lakeview and Pooch Hotel in Lincoln Park. These two organizations have helped Liza and her owner in so many ways to make sure Liza is comfortable and taken care of when needed. Please learn more about them in the links below:

Blum Animal Hospital: https://vcahospitals.com/blum

Pooch Hotel: https://www.poochhotel.com/locations/illinois/chicago-lincoln-park/

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August 2020 – Dexter

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Dexter joined the Aufrecht family as a puppy about 8 years ago after their previous dog, another Golden Retriever named Spencer, passed away. He is a sweet and fun dog that can be a little shy and timid sometimes, but that is what his family loves about him. 

We knew we had to fill the void in our heart.  We looked at several Golden Retriever’s, but Dexter’s sad eyes drew us in.  From the moment we picked him up, we couldn’t put him back down. 

Susie, Dexter’s Owner

Some of Dexter’s favorite activities include chasing tennis balls and running around with his human siblings. A fun fact about Dexter that makes him pretty unique is that he is allergic to latex, which is not as commonly seen in dogs as it is seen in humans. Dexter has a little bit of a temper when it comes to certain dogs and people. He suffers from anxiety and can be very protective of his home and family. After hearing this, it came to quite a shock to the team at Integrative Pet Care when he came in and was the most affectionate and cuddly dog. 

I had worked with the owner’s previous dog, Spencer, in the past, so I wasn’t too sure what to expect from Dexter. He started off so shy, but after a few sessions he was like a brand new dog. All can say is that he loves to cuddle and can’t wait to get to work. He’ll drag me down the hall because he is so excited to see everyone and get started. He is so fun to work with!

Doris, Dexter’s Therapist

Dexter started his journey at IPC after his owner noticed him limping occasionally when he walked, usually after he has been laying down . His owner did not want to have to limit him with all the physical things he loves to do, so they took him to the vet where they suspected arthritis might be causing the limping. After about a year of on and off again limping, his vet recommended physical therapy to help with his lameness and discomfort. Luckily for Dexter, his owner knew just the place to go: IPC! 

“Dexter is the happiest, sweetest, most snuggly boy in the world! He was so shy when he first came to IPC, he would cower in the corner behind the chair with his head almost touching the ground in effort to hide from us. It sure didn’t take him long to come out of his shell and decide that we were his best friends! We quickly discovered that his favorite treat of choice is attention rather than food. He is often sprawled out in someone’s lap or jumping from person to person to get maximum attention. We love Dexter!”

Dr. Martin, Veterinarian at IPC

His owners had been a client at IPC before with their previous dog, Spencer. They were thrilled to be back and said it felt like a home-coming. After his initial consult, he was diagnosed with mild lameness, arthritis, and crepitus, as well as, overall muscle tension and some muscle atrophy mostly present in his shoulders. To help with all these things, he comes to IPC once a week for a combination of therapeutic exercise, massage therapy, laser therapy, hydrotherapy, and acupuncture, and he loves coming every week.

Dexter loves visiting his Integrative friends every week and his therapy has paid off.  Dexter’s limping used to be a daily occurrence and now we rarely see it.  Dexter is able to enjoy the activities he loves pain-free, thanks to the therapy he receives!

Susie, Dexter’s Owner

Dexter has been coming to IPC since January of 2020 and we have seen a huge improvement in his lameness and muscle tension. His family says they rarely see him limping anymore and plan to continue with his therapy program to ensure his lameness and discomfort stays away. The team at IPC love Dexter’s goofy and cuddly personality and are always thrilled to see him every week!

I love working with Dexter during his appointments. All he wants is to be as close to you as possible and most of the time will actually sit on top of you. I am convinced he thinks he is about the size of a Yorkie and can sit in your lap at all times. Of course we don’t mind though. The more snuggles the merrier!

Katie, Therapy Assistant

Each month we ask our POTM to select an organization for us to feature. This month, Dexter’s owner asked us to feature Rex’s Place in Evanston, a doggie daycare where Dexter visits multiple times a week. This organization has been very accommodating with Dexter’s latex allergy and ensuring he didn’t come in contact with any rubber objects while he was there. Please learn more about them at the link below:

https://www.rexsplace.com/

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July 2020 – Hank

5 months ago · · Comments Off on July 2020 – Hank · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Uncategorized ·

Hank joined the Wolfson family in April of 2019 at only 3 months old. Little did Hank or his family know that he would be spending most of his puppy-hood at the vet with consistent infections from his ears to his toenails. 

It was not until right before Hank’s 1st birthday, that he escaped from his sitter’s home while his owners were on vacation and was hit by a car. Luckily, he dodged a lot of high speed traffic on the highway and did not break any bones during the accident. He did; however, end up with nerve damage in his front left leg. 

He crossed a six lane highway and managed to get hit in a school zone, likely saving his life. He didn’t break a single bone, but did incur some nerve damage.

…At the start of his visits, he couldn’t place his left leg on the ground. He constantly knuckled and had a severe limp.

Mark W, Hank’s Owner

That’s when Hank began his adventure at Integrative Pet Care. During his initial exam, he was very lame on his left front paw and would constantly knuckle on his foot when taking steps. He started his program in January of 2020 and has been coming to his sessions every week since then. These sessions consist of a combination of therapies, which include:  Hydrotherapy, Acupuncture, massage, therapeutic exercise, ultrasound, and laser therapy. His vet, therapists, and family have seen such a dramatic improvement with him.

Hank has made a remarkable recovery.  He loves his exercise time in the gym and is such a good boy sitting for his ultrasound and laser therapies.  It’s been such a joy to work with him and see him thrive gaining so much of his confidence back.  

Tami, Hank’s therapist

It was a little difficult for Hank to adjust to his new routine. Due to his long recovery, he was not able to play and socialize with other dogs like puppies usually do, so often times he is quite shy and it took some time for Hank to get to know and trust his therapists and vet. After so many months of therapy, you could say he is best friends with everyone at IPC. 

He is like a brand new dog from the first time we saw him so many months ago. He was so shy and would bark every time someone he didn’t know walked in the room. Now he runs straight in to the gym and will lay all over you during his treatments. He is such a goofball!

Katie, Therapy Assistant

His owners have even noticed his confident boost at home. He now has weekly play dates with his best friend, Eeyore and says he is always so excited in the car on his way to his therapy sessions.

He loves to play with his toys, and get chased around the apartment. Weekly appointments with IPC and playdates with his best friend, Eeyore, are what he looks forward to most. He shakes with excitement during the car ride, and can’t wait to get inside! In his down time, he loves to watch golf, soccer, and hockey. But, no horse racing allowed! Any animal on TV gets Hank riled up.

Mark, Hank’s Owner

See Hank’s favorite television show here! 


Even with everything Hank has gone through in the past year, he has never lost his sweet spirit. He has shown so much improvement since coming to IPC and his owners are grateful for the work the staff has done to help Hank. They say most people cannot even tell anymore that he was even hit by a car. He really is a miracle puppy!

Hank is a survivor! He had such a traumatic experience so early in his life, he had a little anxiety as a result of his injury. He would bark and was anxious around new people. Through rehabilitation and medical management, he has not only regained the use of his left front leg, he also has gained so much confidence! He never once complained about any of his therapies and he loves to snuggle with his therapists now. He has always been such a big personality and it has been a real pleasure to watch him progress. I have been so impressed with how far he’s come. He’s such an amazing boy and we really adore both he and his owners.

Dr. Martin, IPC

Curious about Hank’s transformation?

See Hank before here.

See Hank After here.

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June 2020 – Milton

6 months ago · · Comments Off on June 2020 – Milton · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Uncategorized ·, , ,

On June 21st, 2018, Milton arrived at Chicago Animal Care and Control as a euthanasia request – the same day his future mama moved to Chicago. His life didn’t end that day because CRISP Chicago was there and Milton was instead surrendered to a rescue. Soon after, ALIVE Rescue scooped him up as a foster dog and started to get him the medical care he desperately needed. 


Milton was a mess of infections, pain, and anxiety. He didn’t have full use of his back legs, and he cried all the time. He was mostly blind and deaf, and completely toothless; however, that did not stop his foster parents who adopted Milton on October 7, 2018.


Of course, he was the exact dog we wanted to foster. We’re suckers for special needs animals and impossible cases, which is how he ended up in our family.

…The first time I saw a dog beneath all that anxiety was the day he let me rub his face with a blanket. He leaned into that touch. That was it for me – I was all in, ready to do all I could to help this little guy find his way back to health and happiness.

Justus J, Milton’s mom

Milton quickly became a regular at the vet, who saved his life more than once, as they began to untangle his complicated medical mysteries and eventually removed both of his eyes in an emergency surgery.


Milton has been at Integrative Pet Care since September of last year. Dr. Kelli Martin and his therapist, Emma have been his regular care team to work on his comfort and mobility. After just a few appointments, Milton went from anxious and uncomfortable, to snoozing and relaxed during every appointment.


When we first met Milton, he was full of tiny, grumpy complaints about my exam because he wanted to move all around the room instead. I could tell that he had a huge personality; that was obvious from the video of him running down the sidewalk, trusting his owners implicitly to steer him clear of trouble. He came in because he had trouble settling at night and I was, honestly, a little worried that he wouldn’t like any therapies that required him to stay still. Within a very short time, he was sleeping through his acupuncture, laser, and massage about 95% of the time! He is all about self-care, these days, and will sometimes wake up to do some exercise with his beloved Emma. His owners and I feel as if rehabilitation helps him to maintain a high quality of life. He is the biggest joy in the smallest package. We love Milton!

Dr. Martin, Integrative Pet Care of Chicago

Milton is definitely a favorite at IPC and is loved by so many. It is only fitting that Milton is our June patient of the month since he is celebrating his 15th birthday on June 21st. Happy early birthday, Milton!


What can I say about Milton? He is a really special guy with a bundle of personality! You never really know what Milton you’re going to get each session. Most days he knows how to really sink in to his therapies and falls asleep during his massage and laser sessions. Other days, he really wants to move around and be active. His appointments are always fun and interesting because you have to go with whatever he wants to go with that day.

Emma, Milton’s therapist

We love Milton here at IPC! He should win an award for most relaxed during his therapy sessions. We always set up a Milton station for his acupuncture appointments, which usually includes a cozy bed and full body blanket burrito wrap. It seems to be his happy place.

…it’s funny because some days he is so relaxed and other days, he wants to be so active and run around. He may be small, but don’t be fooled by his powerful bark. It spooks us every single time!

Brooklyn and Katie, Milton’s Therapy Assistants

Each month we ask our POTM to select an organization for us to feature. This month, Milton’s mom asked us to feature ALIVE Rescue of Chicago, where Milton was placed in foster care. Please learn more about them at the link below:

http://www.aliverescue.org/

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May 2020- Scout

6 months ago · · Comments Off on May 2020- Scout · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Uncategorized

Meet our Patient of the Month, Scout! Scout was purchased from a pet store when she was 6 weeks old. According to her owners, she was always an active girl and that could run for miles and could walk for several hours a day without getting tired.

Scout first came to IPC on August 14th, 2019 with declined mobility, tight muscles in her lower back, and slight muscle atrophy. Her goals were to work on pain management and muscular strength. She was always a favorite to our staff and was known as a sassy girl that was dedicated to everything she did.

Scout was not only a beloved member of her wonderful family, she was and always will be the mascot and protector of her mom’s company- where she remains on their team page. You can read more about the amazing Scout at https://www.chengcohen.com/who-we-are/scout-cheng-cohen/

Although Scout has passed, we will always remember her as one of our most special patients, she and her family will remain in our hearts.

Although Scout has passed, we will always remember her as one of our most special patients, she and her family will remain in our hearts.


“When we first met Scout, she immediately sat in Emma’s lap and gave her little kisses. Her owner was surprised, as this was very out of character. I could already see how special her bond was going to be with everyone here at IPC, but especially Emma. Scout was one of those feisty old ladies who wanted so badly to boss everyone around and she often barked at the bigger, more rambunctious patients from across the gym. We admired her dedication and spirit to do so, even at 18 years old! We miss her sassy self so much.”

Dr. Kelli Martin

It’s hard to describe how special Scout is. Her strong and independent personality made working with her a joy. Scout loved massage (most of the time- as long as she didn’t have other plans for herself!), which was so fun for me and helped us form a strong bond. When we met Scout she had lost her hearing, so we found creative ways to communicate through hand signals and food (her favorite- beef liver!). She is incredibly special, there is just no other dog like her. I miss her and I’m grateful that we were able to have a very special last massage session together.

Emma, Scout’s Therapist

Each month we ask that our POTM share an organization that is close to their heart for us to promote. This month, Scout’s family has asked us to tell you how important Greenbay Animal Hospital was in giving Scout longevity and wonderful quality of life.

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March 2020- Dee

9 months 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

10 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

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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

11 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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