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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
“Lottie and Joey are both rescues from Chicago French Bulldog Rescue (CFBR). Lottie was rescued from a puppy mill when she was 11-months old and has been living the good life for the last five years! She has come a long way from the scared and shut down pup she was when she was saved. Joey’s previous owner surrendered him to the rescue, and he joined his new family about four years ago. He is a sweet, sensitive boy who wants nothing more than to be loved. Because Lottie and Joey are irresistible (as are all Frenchies), their parents were foster failures and ended up adopting them.
IPC was recommended to their parents when Lottie and Joey started to show signs of the health issues Frenchies are prone to get. They couldn’t be happier with the care Lottie and Joey have received over the last couple of years. Joey (who can be a little grump) gets so excited when his mom tells him it’s time to go to therapy and see Emma. He will dance in circles on his way out the door, and he will snort, grunt, and screech with excitement when he arrives at IPC (especially when he hears Emma’s voice). Not only do Lottie and Joey love Emma, they appreciate all the staff’s kindness, patience, and knowledge about the breed and their issues. IPC has even taught their mom some exercises to do with them at home, although that’s not as fun as being in the gym or on the treadmill at IPC!
IPC has helped Lottie and Joey become physically stronger and more active. It has also helped with their socialization skills; Lottie, especially, has learned to trust others and has learned lots of fancy tricks. It’s given them both a boost in confidence, and it gives them a chance to have fun and get exercise. Above all, they feel (and look) better and have a much better quality of life. Joey absolutely loves hydrotherapy and getting all the peanut butter while he struts his stuff on the treadmill-Lottie, not so much. Joey can also be a real showoff in the gym, but Lottie is more focused and is determined to do exactly what Emma wants and more! She will do anything for those yummy treats and a little massage/laser after!
Lottie and Joey are very content with sunbathing/fighting over the best sun spot in the room and snuggling with their humans. However, Lottie often loves to hang with all the neighbors’ dogs, to go do volunteer work for CFBR, and to boss her brother around. Joey loves to snuggle on his mom’s lap and binge watch TV. He is a homebody, but every once in a while, he enjoys going to a bar and eating all the things off the floor (forget being social; he’s just there for the snacks!)”
“Joey and Lottie are so great to work with, but couldn’t be more different. Joey can’t control his excitement and loves showing off which Lottie is more serious and focused when it comes to her sessions!” -Emma
Make A Difference
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. Lottie and Joey have asked us to tell you about the organization that saved their lives, Chicago French Bulldog Rescue.
Chicago French Bulldog Rescue (CFBR) was launched to protect French Bulldogs from neglect, abuse, loss of family and theft. We rescue them from animal shelters and puppy mills. We help families and individuals that can no longer care for their Frenchies. We are shepherds of the breed working to educate about French Bulldogs and most importantly, placing rescued Frenchies into loving homes.
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.
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.
Who’s that girl with the giant ears, it’s our Patient of The Month Allie! We met Allie in July 2018 at the recommendation of her primary care veterinarian at Blum Animal Hospital when she started showing hind limb paresis (weakness in her back legs). Her dad Gerry mentioned to some friends that he had been referred for our services and they had nothing but great things to say about our facility and staff.
Allie met with Dr. Megan Ridley and Renee who created a formal rehabilitation program which included exercise/massage/laser, underwater treadmill, and acupuncture.
Allie did well with her therapies and formed a strong bond with her main therapist Renee. “Allie is the sweetest dog and it has been a pleasure to work with her and Gerry. “It’s so inspiring to work with an owner who will go above and beyond for his dog”!
Unfortunately Allie became weaker, so a custom cart from Eddie’s wheels was recommended. She took to it immediately which amazed Emma who fitted her for the cart. “Allie was AWESOME in her cart from the start; she took off and even tried to climb our equipment!” remarked Emma. Allie was also fitted with custom made “walkies” which help her properly flex her back feet.
“I cannot imagine my life and hers without IPC. As best we can, we are trying to maintain her strength and flexibility while making her comfortable and feeling good. One of the best attributes of IPC is the creativity and determination in the methods used to add value to her life and make her feel better. The whole staff deserves a shout and is much appreciated, but Renee, Rika, Emma, Brooklyn and Katie are who we work with the most!” -Gerry
Allie’s story began when she was transported to the Anti-Cruelty Society from Indiana and Gerry adopted her on her first day in the shelter. She was an athletic dog who loved other people and dogs right away. Even though Allie can’t run on her own anymore, she is still able to go up and down the “dog hill” in Oz Park, which is her favorite. Today Allie is living the good life, especially on her therapy days which have turned into a field trip. She gets either an egg and cheese sandwich from Peet’s or a turkey bacon egg white and cheddar sandwich from Starbucks!
After having surgery to repair a torn cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) in September 2018, Finn was referred to us by his primary care veterinarian. He had an evaluation where it was noted that he was painful, barely placing weight on his leg and had lost a significant amount of muscle. Finn completed 8 weeks of rehabilitation, but showed only slight improvement and began to show neurological signs. He was referred to a neurologist, who determined that he actually had a torn meniscus.
Finn went back to his veterinarian who repaired the tear, but he unfortunately did not improve. Finally we referred him to Dr. David Wilson, DVM, DACVS-SA at Blue Pearl Pet Hospital to remove his hardware and revise the surgery in May.
Finn came back for a recheck in August and he had improved greatly. After 4 weeks of twice weekly therapies, Finn showed incredible progress and was able to wean off his pain medications. After 8 weeks he looked so good that he was able to graduate to a more maintenance level of once weekly therapies consisting of underwater treadmill and exercise/massage/laser!
“Finn is one of my favorite patients and it feels so great to see the improvement he’s made over the past year. It’s awesome to see him back to being his old goofy self!” -Renee, one of Finn’s therapists
Finn was adopted from Chicago Canine Rescue in 2012 when Maria and her family were looking to add a family member after losing their previous dog. Maria quickly fell in love with “Brownie” who was listed as a small dog. 7 years later, the small, timid dog named Brownie is now a 115 lb, outgoing dog named Finn.
“After a year, 3 surgeries and many therapy sessions, Finn is pain free, medication free and running and jumping just like his old self! Finn boards on his therapy days and when I come to pick him up he does not want to leave! Special shout out to the Patient Service Coordinators for the tremendous welcome that he always gets. That’s why IPC, you are ALL AMAZING!” -Maria, Finn’s dedicated mom
“A day in the life of Finn….Wake up on the couch…go lay on the deck….chase the squirrels (been a while since he has been able to do that. He actually caught one the other day, I am sorry to say)….go potty…back to laying on the deck…eat breakfast…go in the house to lay on his chair by the window…bark at every dog that walks down the street…either sleep on that chair or get in the car and go to therapy and have the best day…eat dinner…have a couple treats…lay on the deck…go for a walk….lay on his bed waiting for me to go up to bed so he can have the couch…to go to sleep for the night”
Make A Difference
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. Finn has asked us to tell you about the organization that saved his life, Chicago Canine Rescue.
Chicago Canine Rescue Foundation exists to give many of these animals a second chance at a forever family. We love the underdog!
Ready to meet the mushiest pit bull ever? Juanita came to Integrative Pet Care earlier this summer due to limping on walks and having a hard time getting on and off the couch. Her mom was no stranger to rehabilitation as her previous dog Fifty was a long term patient (and our unofficial mascot).
Juanita met with Dr. Kelli Martin and Tami who recommended getting xrays of her hips. Once xrays confirmed that she had bilateral hip arthritis, a formal program was created which included exercise, massage, laser, underwater treadmill and acupuncture.
Juanita loved her exercises and massage, but wasn’t sure about the underwater treadmill. She surprised us all by sticking her head underwater in true hippo fashion!
Juanita continues to make progress at every one of her rechecks. She is able to take longer walks, get up on furniture and in and out of the car easier! Her mom Kelly has also noticed changes at home: “she no longer struggles to sit or lay down- she is getting so strong!”
She came into her mom’s life as a foster in 2016 after being found as a stray in Indiana. She had been over bred, had terribly cropped ears, and several scars. Despite everything she had endured, she was extremely sweet and trusting. After a couple months of fostering, it was clear that she would become a permanent member of the family.
“I cannot say enough about the Integrative Pet Care staff! The patient service coordinators are absolutely fantastic. Her therapists Tami and Rika are the sweetest and Dr. Martin went above and beyond to make sure I got the right diagnosis. I recommend IPC to everyone I know.”
Juanita has been a foster sister to countless dogs and is in the process of becoming a certified reading assistance dog with SitStayRead! She lives with an elderly blind dog who she respects and a guinea pig who she adores!
Make A Difference
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. Juanita has asked us to tell you about the organization that she will shortly be a part of, SitStayRead.
SitStayRead’s mission is to advance children’s literacy skills using an engaging curriculum, certified dogs, and dedicated volunteers.
Floki was rushed to the ER last April when he became wobbly and painful. An MRI revealed that he had Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) and a hemilaminectomy was recommended and performed immediately. Unfortunately all of this left him unable to use his hind limbs.
Amanda did research and found that we had a great reputation for working with special needs animals! Floki came to us shortly after his surgery and was prescribed an intensive rehabilitation program which consisted of exercise, laser, underwater treadmill, and acupuncture. His prognosis was guarded, but that didn’t stop him from trying his hardest and his dedicated mom Amanda was more than willing to do whatever it took.
We became fast friends since he started coming three times weekly for therapy! Floki’s progress was slow in the beginning, but he made promising improvements every week. He needed full assistance in the underwater treadmill to ambulate and was unable to push himself into a standing position.
A cart was also recommended to aid in his mobility which he took to quickly. He also hitches a ride in his wagon where he loves going on the 606, Humboldt Park and the dog beach. Floki has continued to make amazing progress at every session, and most of all he LOVES his therapies!
Floki continues to make huge strides every week and is now able to walk in the treadmill on his own and has even attempted to take steps on land!! His progress is also due to mom’s dedication to his home care. Floki has an amazing (and bossy) attitude which definitely played a part in his progress.
“First let me say that we are grateful for and really like all of the staff at IPC. Floki’s veterinarians, therapists and the patient service coordinators have been amazing. You all have been so patient and understanding of the struggle it was in the beginning and continue to be so nice and helpful!! Floki and I both would love to give a shout out to his therapist Renee for the extra time and love she has shown him. Renee has really been so helpful in making sure that we go home with handouts explaining our exercises and videos showing progress. She has answered every question I had about feedings, and how to learn to properly express/potty him. She has also coached me to be more relaxed and aware that if I show my frustrations to Floki, he will sense that and be frustrated also. I’m so thankful and so much more confident in caring for Floki because all that Renee has talked me through and shown me. She has gone above and beyond for us!” -Amanda
Make A Difference
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. Floki has asked us to tell you about Road Dogs & Rescue.
Road Dogs & Rescue is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization in California focused on rescuing and rehabbing medical bulldogs, puppies with birth defects and spreading the message of love and compassion towards all animals, both locally and internationally.