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July 2016 Max

11 months ago · · Comments Off on July 2016 Max · Chicago's Patient of the Month ·, , ,

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A lot of prospective clients often ask if their pet will enjoy therapy. Well, all they have to do is come in on a night when Max is here. From the moment he pulls his parents through the door, he is a bundle of energy who cannot wait to get into the treadmill. In fact he gets so excited whenever he hears the word IPC, that his parents have started referring to us as “the place”!

Max first walked through our doors 7 years ago as a 1 year old dog who had developed a front limb limp.  He started a twice weekly therapy program that included resistance pool and laser therapy sessions. After his 8 weeks, his IPC veterinarian noticed a significant decrease in lameness! After seeing the positive effect, his parents decided that he needed to continue his therapy on a maintenance level. He transitioned to the underwater treadmill a few years later after it was discovered that he developed hip dysplasia. He continues to do his regular 20 minute sessions on incline while going at least 1 mph.

“Max is one of the more enthusiastic patients.  Every session is always so fun!” -Emma, one of Max’s therapists

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A day in the life of Max includes catching up on his much needed beauty sleep, strolling the neighborhood to greet his adoring fans, lounging on the back deck, and occasionally hitting up the local frozen custard shop where any flavor is his FAVORITE flavor.  On special days, Max gets to come to therapy where he tries his best to steal a toy after every session!

 

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“Max has been going to IPC for 7 years, and my husband, myself and our vet all agree that it has kept Max from requiring hip replacement surgery, and additionally keeping Max at a healthy weight, which has delayed the onset of arthritis and other signs of aging. Max is a senior dog at this point, but you wouldn’t be able to tell.”                                   –Heather, Max’s mom

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Make a Difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign.” Max has asked us to tell you about Chicago English Bulldog Rescue.

“We are a licensed Illinois shelter and a 501c3 charitable organization. The care we provide our English Bully rescues exceeds any you will find from a breed rescue…heck, any rescue! This love includes a high quality diet, tlogohe best veterinary care around from a bulldog specialist, and behavioral evaluations of the highest quality.”

 

 

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June 2016 Blue

12 months ago · · Comments Off on June 2016 Blue · Chicago's Patient of the Month ·, , , ,

Blue

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It’s no secret that this handsome guy is a favorite around our clinic.  From his sweet smile, silly personality and can-do attitude, Blue is an all around fantastic patient!  We first met Blue when his mom was searching for alternative treatments for a partial tear of his cranial cruciate ligament (CCL).  Blue’s heart condition did not make him the best candidate for surgery so Dr. Ridley started him on a rehabilitation program that included therapeutic exercise, therapeutic laser & therapeutic massage.  Blue was doing really well and his weight bearing improved, but his active lifestyle made it difficult to fully heal and it eventually led to a suspected partial tear in his other CCL!

We heard nothing but great things about IPC and he loves going there for therapies!”
Cara, Blue’s mom

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Blue’s mom inquired about a stifle brace to stabilize his knees since surgery was not an option.   IPC had just partnered with OrthoPets, and an assessment proved that a brace would be appropriate for Blue!  Blue was so patient for the original casting and cooperated like a champ during all the fittings and adjustments.  It took some time for him to get used to wearing his braces, but in time he learned he could walk, sit and even lay down in them!

Since Blue adapted pretty well to his left brace, it was determined that a right brace would be a good option.  Blue took to have 2 braces right away and has been doing great with them ever since!

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“I adore working with Blue!  He is such a hard worker and happy guy despite having knee issues; he NEVER lets that affect his personality.  He  comes in with a wiggling butt and thousands of kisses to give.  I always look forward to working with him!” -Laura, Blue’s therapist.

 

 

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The best part of his braces?  Blue can still do all the things he loved to do before getting injured, like walking on the 606!  Blue’s other favorite activities include: chewing on antlers & chuck-it balls, lounging in the sun, snuggling on the couch, and just being around other dogs.

 

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Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Blue has asked us to tell you about One Tail at a Time.

OTAT is a no-kill, 501(c)3 all-breed dog rescue committed to lowering euthanasia rates in the greater Chicagoland area through the rescue and adoption of dogs in need; comprehensive support of adopters; and community outreach through humane education programs and assistance for disadvantaged and low-income families.87880_794388d0-1a00-4ecc-8bd5-9502d6577db9 (2)

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May 2016 Hippie

1 year ago · · Comments Off on May 2016 Hippie · Chicago's Patient of the Month ·, , , ,
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Hippie enjoying his laser session with Doris

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Hippie first came to IPC last August when he started having trouble walking and experiencing back pain.  He was on pain medication, but his primary care veterinarian thought he could benefit from IPC’s integrative approach.   Fast forward 9 months and he is no longer on pain medication and is RUNNING (yes, running) in the park!

 

 

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Hippe & Susan’s father comforting each other

 

Hippie’s story starts 17 years ago, when he was given to Susan’s 95 year old father  as a 3 month old puppy in hopes that he would bring him joy & good days, which of course he did!  He was a bit of a wild child who was socially gifted, but didn’t care for the structure of obedience class.   Hippie enjoyed living with Susan’s father for 2 years until he went into hospice care.  Hippie provided him with love, affection, and entertainment until the very end.  Hippie then moved to Chicago and Susan spoiled him rotten- he often went to the beach, forest preserves, and even camping!

 

 

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Enjoying one of his favorite activities with a friend

Hippie has slowed down over the years, but that hasn’t stopped him from loving life.  He still goes for 3 mile walks everyday and knows just where to stop for treats.  He may start off a little pokey, but he picks up the pace after a 1/2 mile!  While relaxing at home, he enjoys watching T.V. (as long as no animals are featured) and loves taking a snooze on the back of a chair or couch.   Liver and kidney issues have stopped him from enjoying various treats, but he’s just as into his prescription kibble!

 

 

 

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Hippie & Dr. Starr during acupuncture

Hippie has been diligently coming twice weekly to IPC for the past 9 months, never going any longer than a few days without treatment.  He starts off with a combo session of therapeutic exercise & laser  and then eagerly waits for his massage.  Once a week Hippie receives acupuncture, which he enjoys as long as food is involved!

 

 

 

 

 

“When we need to leave for IPC, I tell him Hippie, ‘massage’ and he jumps right up & is eager to go!” -Susan

 

Make a difference!

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

downloadProviding families and rescue organizations with special needs animals the equipment, medical care, rehabilitative therapy, training, resources and support necessary to optimize the quality of life of their wonderful animals. Our mission is only possible from the generosity of our supporters. Bialy’s Wellness Foundation’s goal is to provide assistance to our sponsored animals for life.

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April 2016 Journey

1 year ago · · Comments Off on April 2016 Journey · Chicago's Patient of the Month ·, , , ,

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It’s not every day that we have an elite athlete walk through our doors, but every Thursday Journey bursts into the hydro room and happily jumps into the underwater treadmill to work out. His mom, Stacey (founder of Hawk City K9) started coming to IPC years ago with her previous shepherds, so she knew the importance of proper conditioning.   Journey actively competes in agility, dock diving & nosework.

“With all of the physical endeavors and training I do with my dogs, and seeing so many people train and compete with dogs who are not in the best physical shape possible, I knew that as soon as Journey was old enough, I was going to start him on a regular wellness program at IPC!  Journey grew up at IPC! He’d hang out while my other dog, Kira, was coming in for her weekly rehab treatments (two torn cruciates).” -Stacey

 

“He’s been coming now weekly for years, and LOVES his underwater treadmill sessions, and ALL of the staff at IPC! They are, by far, simply the best!!” –Stacey

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Journey & his therapist Laura have a special bond- she’s tough on him and he loves every minute of it!  Journey runs (yes, runs) against resistance jets on an incline at 5.5 mph for 20 minutes during every session.   Journey plays hard, so he has to train hard!

 

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“Journey can do it all & is the epitome of a canine athlete! He rises to any challenge I give him & performs with gusto.  He makes me VERY proud… Journey Rocks!” -Laura, CCRA

 

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. Journey has asked us to tell you about an organization near and dear to his mom’s heart, Capture

“Safe Humane’s mission is to create safe and humane communities by inspiring positive relationships between people and animals. We are an alliance of non-traditional partners that recognize the connections between animal abuse and interpersonal violence and the benefits of the human-animal bond.  Our programs focus on education, advocacy and second chances.”

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March 2016 Lt. Dan

1 year ago · · Comments Off on March 2016 Lt. Dan · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , ,

Lt. Dan

12341139_493320394183258_7255523332618061991_nWhen Erin (founder of Bialy’s Wellness Foundation & IPC staff member) heard about a paralyzed 7 week old puppy who ended up in a Wisconsin shelter, she didn’t think twice about coming to his rescue.  With the support of Woofgang Rescue, Lt. Dan was transported to Chicago where he is currently being fostered.  Dan’s diagnosis is a bit unclear, but a traumatic birth may have contributed to his inability to walk and x-rays also revealed severe hip dysplasia.   No one knew if Dan’s function would improve, but his foster mom was willing to stick it out and try everything she could.

 

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Dan was immediately evaluated by Dr. Ridley and a treatment plan was put in place that included twice weekly therapeutic exercise, underwater treadmill and massage sessions.  He was also fitted for a cart from Walkin’ Wheels.   Dan started showing small improvement with every therapy session!  Dr. Ridley recently added in acupuncture to see if that could improve his incontinence.

 

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Dan has since ditched his cart and started walking on his own! While it’s not perfect, we are incredibly impressed with his progress.

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A normal day for Lt. Dan includes coming to IPC for therapies, massage at home with his foster mom and cuddles with his foster brother Josh.

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Lt. Dan has become an internet sensation he has over 11,000 followers and was even featured on Buzzfeed!   Follow him on Facebook for the latest updates on his progress

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. Lt. Dan has of course asked us to tell you about Bialy’s Wellness Foundation.

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“Providing families and rescue organizations with special needs animals the equipment, medical care, rehabilitative therapy, training, resources and support necessary to optimize the quality of life of their wonderful animals. Our mission is only possible from the generosity of our supporters. Bialy’s Wellness Foundation’s goal is to provide assistance to our sponsored animals for life.”

 

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Feb 2016 Lucy

1 year ago · · Comments Off on Feb 2016 Lucy · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , ,

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Lucy originally came to IPC a couple years ago to address some back and shoulder issues.  She started out with acupuncture and therapeutic laser to help with pain management as well as massage to stretch out her tight muscles.  She soon progressed to the underwater treadmill and exercise sessions.  Lucy seemed to be making excellent progress and was actually enjoying her therapy!

 

 

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Lucy seemed to be doing really well until a couple months ago when she suddenly went down and was unable to use her back legs.  Her mom Kathy remembers how scary that time was- “As far as everyone could tell, she ruptured (or partially ruptured) a disc in her back. After the initial panic wore off, we brought her to our friends at IPC who examined her very thoroughly and put our minds at ease by reminding us that this is what IPC does and that they believed they could help Lucy.  A tremendous weight was lifted from my shoulders since others seemed to be assuming the worst.”

 

Lucy’s mom diligently brings her twice weekly for multiple therapies and has opted to board her with us during the day due to her hectic work schedule.  Since Lucy has some crate anxiety we started keeping her in the office where she quickly decided she was the boss.!
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“It has been exciting to watch her progress, seeing her move from needing a doggy stroller to get around outside, to taking a few steps at a time, to insisting on walking instead of riding in her stroller.  She is a determined little dog, but I know she would not have made the same progress without IPC.”  Kathy, Lucy’s mom
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“Kathy is the type of pet parent who goes above and beyond for her dog- she is ready and willing to do anything I recommend.  Lucy is one lucky girl to have her!”  -Dr. Deanne Zenoni
Make a difference!
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. Lucy has asked us to tell you about The Puppy Mill Project.
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“The Puppy Mill Project is an educational and advocacy organization dedicated to fighting puppy mill cruelty. We believe that education is the key to change. We are one of the only organizations focused entirely on ending puppy mill cruelty, and our mission centers around our unique educational program and extensive community outreach. We also facilitate the rescue of puppy mill dogs and engage in legislative advocacy.”

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Jan 2016 Ski

1 year ago · · Comments Off on Jan 2016 Ski · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine ·, , , , , ,

Ski

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Ski has become such an IPC staple on Thursday nights over the past 8 1/2 years, that it would feel empty without him!  Who else could impress us by swimming 20 minutes against the resistance jets while playing volleyball with his dad or show us his fancy new tricks in the gym? Ski is a super star athlete who originally came to us back in 2007 for a CCL injury.  He has not only trained in, but has earned titles in a number of activities including agility, treibball, tricks, nosework & herding.  Rich and Ski aren’t in it for the titles, but just love training until they achieve proficiency.

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Ski was always an active dog who was enrolled in a variety of activities, so it was devastating when he came up lame after a walk one night.  When we first met Ski in July of 2007, his dad Rich was weighing the pros and cons of having surgery to repair a torn cranial cruciate ligament (CCL).  Ultimately Rich decided against surgery and opted to pursue physical rehabilitation instead.  That was a decision that Rich said he would do over and over again.  Ski started an intensive rehab program that included twice weekly visits for underwater treadmill and therapeutic exercise.  Even though he wasn’t the biggest fan of the underwater treadmill, he diligently did it and it’s now his favorite therapy!  Ski took to the exercises right away since it was similar to some of his agility training!  Soon enough Ski was inventing his own exercises and impressing us all with his strength and drive.

Soon enough Ski graduated from a rehabilitation program and became a member of our maintenance club which keeps him in tip top form for the various activities that he does!

Ski and Rich make a fabulous team.  I enjoy a challenge and Ski always keeps me on my toes!”

Emma, Ski’s current therapist

Ribbons from his 1st agility competition

Ribbons from his 1st agility competition

Ski has participated in the following sport activities:

Agility (titled), freestyle dance, rally obedience, barn hunt, tricks (titled), treibball (titled), canine nosework (titled), herding (certified), flyball, disc dog, dock diving, swimming, lure coursing & weight pulling.

Ski also aided Rich in becoming a certified clicker trainer (KPA-CTP) from the Karen Prior Academy.

 

 

 

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“Trainers, vets, & sports trainers all agree that his core strength has allowed Ski to embrace so many different activities without injury.  I credit all our work at IPC with Ski’s amazing condition as he nears 11 years old.”

-Rich, Ski’s dad

 

Rich believes that the wide range of therapies Ski has received has helped him get through minor setbacks.  A flair up of lameness resolved with a series of Laser treatments, while Acupuncture and Chiropractic services have seemed to help as well.  Rich’s goal from day 1 was to make Ski’s legs individually strong enough to do the work of two if that was ever needed, which has been the case over the past several years. Whether it was the right (non-surgically repaired CCL knee) or left leg that had an issue, the other one was always strong enough to do the job of two.

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“Ski is like the energizer bunny when any obstacle gets in his way- he just keeps going & going & going!”

Dr. Ridley, Ski’s IPC vet

 

 

 

Make a difference!
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. Ski has asked us to tell you about Alive Rescue.

“We believe tcropped-ALIVE_LOGO_HIREZ_Final1-300x109hat our responsibility is first to the animals that are in local open-access shelters with a high probability of being euthanized. We primarily take in animals from shelters with high euthanasia rates in Chicago and the surrounding area. We follow through on our commitment that every animal deserves a full life by choosing to take in animals that other adoption organizations may overlook, including seniors, unpopular breeds, and pets with special needs”

IPC is raising awareness for Alive Rescue by jumping into Lake Michigan January 17th.  Click here to donate to our team!

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Dec 2015 Puck

1 year ago · · Comments Off on Dec 2015 Puck · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Holistic Wellness ·, ,

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What can we say about Puck besides have you seen a more handsome cat?!  While dogs are primarily seen at IPC, we do have the occasional cat patient, which makes them that much more special!  Puck has been coming regularly for acupuncture since we first met him in 2011 and even though he pretends that he hates it, we secretly know he loves every second of his treatment.

 

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Puck was found with 2 other tiny kittens in a glass shop on August 13th, 2003 and taken in by his mom shortly after.  Puck and his sister Portia got along really well so she decided to keep them both, while Tiger, a giant Maine coon went to live with Carissa’s mom.  Unfortunately Portia was diagnosed with FIP and passed away in 2006, so Puck has had the luxury of remaining an only cat.

 

Puck started coming to IPC shortly after being diagnosed with lymphoma in February of 2011.  He quickly started a chemotherapy regiment and at the advice of a friend, Carissa started exploring additional treatments to attack the cancer from multiple angles.  Because of the type and stage level of his lymphoma, Puck’s original prognosis was only 9 months.  Well he defied the odds and has been in remission for 3 1/2 years and acupuncture is the only treatment he’s had besides regular check ups!  Puck prefers to stay in the bottom of his carrier with the lights dimmed low during his sessions.  After placing the needles and doing a quick exam, Dr. Ridley leaves the room so Puck can have some much needed alone time with his mom.

“On acupuncture nights, he’s extra snuggly and sweet because it makes him feel so good.” -Carissa

 

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Carissa gave us a quick run down on the day in the life of Puck.  BC (before children), Puck’s life was quiet and calm, filled with lots of naps, bird- and squirrel-watching and occasionally adventures outside in the back yard. Now his days are quite a bit more interesting with two small, loud, high-energy members of his devoted fan club. He generally wakes me up by jumping on my stomach and meowing in my face, followed by a few “playful” swats in the face if his food bowl is empty. He then immediately insists on going outside, and during the nicer months we let him. He enjoys sunning himself on the stairs, dreaming about chasing squirrels (and occasionally going for one if it teases him enough), eating nonedible landscape plants and then returning them to nature (or the kitchen floor) soon after. He generally avoids common areas while the girls are awake because they get super excited to see him and chase him. After they go to bed, it’s Puck’s time to rule the house. He spreads out on the couch, on a warm heater or in an open window, or on a lap and luxuriates in the peace and quiet. When he’s feeling frisky, he loves jumping in the air after waving cat toys and tall grasses, or batting his toys all around the house. His favorite foods include catnip-flavored Greenies, ice cream, butter, frosting, potato chips, pita chips, and pretzels. His favorite spots are the top of his cat tree, a wet shower, underneath a shady hosta, and any table you just really don’t want him laying on.

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“I love seeing Puck on my schedule- he tries to act Grumpy, but I know it’s just an act.  Carissa is a fantastic cat mommy who has never missed an acupuncture session in almost 5 years!” -Dr. Ridley

Make a difference!
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Puck has asked us to tell you about Harmony House for Cats!

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Harmony House for Cats is a cat specific cageless animal shelter located in Chicago.   Their new facility is LEED certified as well (one of the few shelters in the country to earn the Platinum LEED-NC title).  They are a 501(c)3 charitable organization so every donation is tax-deductible.  

Please consider making a donation to Harmony House in Puck’s name!

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Nov 2015 Millie

2 years ago · · Comments Off on Nov 2015 Millie · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month ·, , ,

 

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In June 2014, Millie’s parents noticed that she was acting funny; she was stumbling on walks and had a hard time getting off the bed.   They took her to her primary  care vet who recommended seeing a neurologist for further testing.   After a spinal tap and MRI, it was determined that Millie had contracted Autoimmune Spinal Meningitis which caused her to have an uncoordinated gait. She responded really well to a Prednisone regiment and was about 80% back to normal.   Unfortunately she relapsed a couple of months later and could barely walk across the street on her own.  She appeared to completely lose function in her right side.  Millie’s neurologist put her on Cytosar (a chemotherapy drug) which she received every month and also upped her Prednisone dosage.

 

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At the urging of her grandma, Millie’s parents brought her to IPC in October 2014 where she met with Dr. Zenoni.  Millie started coming once weekly for  exercise, massage, underwater treadmill and acupuncture sessions.  Since she had so many therapies in a day, her parents opted to board her with us and she quickly became a staff favorite!  Millie is an independent lady who prefers to do things her own way.   Even though she may walk a little goofy, she knows exactly where she’s going and has a plan on how to get there.

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Millie’s gentle disposition and determination has made her a joy to work with.  She is up for anything and actually had to be kept back in the beginning from attempting too advanced exercises!  She melts for her massage and absolutely loves doing cavalettis (she’d do them all day if we let her)!  Even though we’re happy that she’s doing so well that she only has to come in once a month, we’re also a little sad we don’t get to see her as often.

 

“Had we not found IPC, we aren’t sure where Millie would be and hate to think what the outcome might have been.  IPC has taught us so much about therapy and showed us how we could better assist Millie”    

Kelly, Millie’s mom

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So far, Millie has been able to maintain her health and can now go down the basement stairs all on her own!  She gets Prednisone every other day, receives Cytosar every 5-6 weeks and comes for acupuncture monthly.  She absolutely LOVES going on walks and playing with their kitten and other dogs.  Her parents report that they continue to see small progress every few months.

 

“Her demeanor and perseverance through all of this has been unbelievable; she is so happy and so loving. We are truly blessed to have her as ours.  She’s definitely taught us a lot about life, resilience and determination. ”  

-Kelly

Make a difference!
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Millie has asked us to tell you about Bialy’s Wellness Foundation.

downloadProviding families and rescue organizations with special needs animals the equipment, medical care, rehabilitative therapy, training, resources and support necessary to optimize the quality of life of their wonderful animals. Our mission is only possible from the generosity of our supporters. Bialy’s Wellness Foundation’s goal is to provide assistance to our sponsored animals for life.

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Oct 2015 Edgar

2 years ago · · Comments Off on Oct 2015 Edgar · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month ·, , , ,

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Edgar was diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy (DM) almost a year ago, which is unfortunately common among the corgi breed.  DM is a progressive disease of the spinal cord which begins with the loss of coordination in the hind limbs.  While there is no known cure, a lot can be done to strengthen the front end and keep the dog more comfortable as the disease progresses.

Edgar joined the IPC family earlier this Summer when his mom was exploring ways to help keep him strong.   He met with Dr. Zenoni and Emma to create a specific treatment plan which included twice weekly underwater treadmill and laser sessions.  His parents were also taught some exercises to do at home and some adjustments were made to his cart to keep him cruising comfortably (and in style)!

Although DM often feels like a terrible curse, it has bonded he and I together in a way that probably wouldn’t have happened otherwise

-Laura, Edgar’s mom

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