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January 2017 Crockett

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Crockett

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On therapy days, Crockett can usually be found leading his owner Michael down the halls in search of anyone who will give him a treat.

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We met Crockett in 2008 when he came at the recommendation of agility instructor Stacey Hawk, who knew the importance of conditioning for the canine athlete.  Crockett started off coming once weekly for either underwater treadmill or resistance pool sessions.  He also had consistent chiropractic treatments to keep him aligned during his various activities.

Pain management therapies like laser and acupuncture were added as Crockett started to age.  He was maintaining very well until he suffered a series of vestibular episodes in 2015.  Vestibular disease often causes dogs to have a head tilt and easily lose their balance.  While it was hard to see this former athlete have trouble walking, Michael never gave up and more intensive rehab program was designed.  Crockett started coming more regularly for therapeutic exercise, laser and acupuncture/chiropractic sessions.

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December 2016 Mimi

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

Mimi

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Mimi came to IPC by way of Bialy’s Wellness Foundation a little over a year ago.  Her owners brought her to the vet because she was having an extremely difficult time walking and seemed to be in constant pain.  They did not have the finances to cover all that Mimi needed, so the vet contacted BWF to see if they could sponsor Mimi’s medical care.  BWF stepped up immediately to cover diagnostics and intensive rehab.  Sadly Mimi’s owner passed away and her family was having a hard time caring for her.  One of their neighbors, Danielle had fallen in love with Mimi and decided to help the family out by bringing her to appointments.  After seeing how much medical attention Mimi needed, Danielle offered to adopt her and they made it official in July!

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November 2016 Ryno

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Ryno

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Ryno was adopted in 2005 from Chicago Animal Care and Control when he was 18 months old.  He lived a relatively normal life until he was injured in a grooming accident in 2010.  After two unsuccessful surgeries to repair his left rear leg, he developed a massive infection and a large ulcer and it was determined that they leg had to be amputated.  After two weeks, Ryno slowly adjusted to life as a tripod. He was able to figure out how to squat, run and walk up a flight of stairs without assistance. His resilience enabled him to persevere and never look back.

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October 2016 Monty

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Monty

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When Paul received Monty as a surprise gift 13 years ago, it quickly turned his life upside down.  Monty was a lucky pup who was able to go to work with his dad every day until he out grew his office.   It was there that Monty learned he could easily turn on the charm to get whatever he wanted (something he still excels at today)!  At age 10 Monty developed arthritis in his elbows following surgery, so Paul decided to pursue rehab to alleviate pain and increase mobility in his silly lab.   We met them in 2013, and in the words of Dr. Zenoni, “Monty was a crazy, happy, bull in a china shop kind of dog”!  Monty did great with his therapy, so they decided to take a break.

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“I truly believe that it helped him recover faster and stronger than I possibly could have done for him on my own” -Paul, Monty’s dad

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September 2016 Truffle

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Truffle

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When Truffle runs through our door, it’s always accompanied by her silly howl/bark and a waiting room full of smiling faces.  For the past 2 years, Truffle has not only made us laugh at her antics, but has also impressed us with her intense work out routines.

Almost 4 years ago Truffle had emergency back surgery after severely rupturing a disc.  While she recovered remarkably well and was even she was able to stand and walk around on her own, she was still unsteady on stairs.  Truffle was previously a very active dog who participated in agility, so it was important that they get her back into shape.  Her mom Amy wanted to do everything possible for Truffle, so she explored rehabilitation therapy.  After going to another facility for several months and seeing little progress, Amy decided to try IPC at a friend’s suggestion.  It was a match made in heaven once she met Tiffany and Dr. Zenoni!

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Truffle was originally prescribed an 8 week program that included weekly underwater treadmill & therapeutic exercise sessions and monthly chiropractic treatments.   Truffle excelled at her therapies and was soon stable enough to go on a maintenance program.  Truffle now comes every couple weeks to hit the gym with Tiffany to work on her core strength and endurance.  She sees Dr. Zenoni every 2 months for a chiropractic adjustment to keep her moving well!  Whenever Amy asks her if she wants to go “workout”, Truffle runs right over and heads to the car; she even knows the route to IPC so well that she barks and cries for the last 2 miles until they walk in the door!

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“Truffle is very advanced in the gym, so I have to come up with new exercises to challenge her mentally and physically.  I love seeing Truffle on my schedule- she and her mom are such a pleasure to work with!” -Tiffany, Truffle’s main therapist.

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Amy describes a typical day in the life of Truffle:

“She wakes up when her Dad is done getting ready at about 5:30 AM. She does her business in the park across the street and then eats a her raw beef breakfast. She then comes back to bed to sleep more with me until about 7:30 AM. She wakes me up to take her downstairs for a snack and then watches the activity in the park until I’m ready to go to work. She then goes outside again and I head off to work. Her Dad gets home around 3:30 PM and she goes outside. I usually get home around 5:30 and she greats me with lots of barking and tries to get me upstairs to give her one of her preferred treats. She gets raw beef dinner at 6:00 PM every day with her extra supplements to help her joints and to fight off cancer. After she gets a salmon skin or cod skin dessert. She helps us cook dinner by hoping there’ll be some tomatoes or kale stems added to her bowl, or she harvests cherry tomatoes right off the plant on the balcony if any are ripe. After dinner she gets a mile or two walk if it’s not too hot or cold, or she plays tug of war and races around for about half an hour. Then she watches us do laundry or other chores for a while. If I haven’t gone to the couch as early as she’d like, she grunts at me and looks downstairs. Then we plop on the couch with her in between my legs for the rest of the night and watch some TV. This is the case for most weekdays, except for Wednesdays when I get to work from home with Truffle as my assistant. She especially likes to participate in conference calls.”

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“IPC has helped Truffle get back to her healthy and crazy self; we don’t have to worry about her hurting herself around the house or playing at the park!” -Amy, Truffle’s mom

 

 

 

 

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

Live Like Roo, a 501C3 organization, provides support and financial assistance to families whose pet faces a cancer diagnosis. Our mission is that together, you and your pet will #LiveLikeRoo.

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August 2016 Wednesday & Lola

1 year ago · · Comments Off on August 2016 Wednesday & Lola · Chicago's Patient of the Month ·, , , , , , , ,

Wednesday & Lola

 

 

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Lola first came into Ashley’s life in 2000, when she spotted her ‘on sale’ at a local pet shop since she was not up to breeding or show dog standards.   All that mattered to Ashley is that she was so stinking cute!  Lola led the only child life until 2010 when Wednesday entered the picture.  Ashley had just started looking for another dog when she came across Wednesday’s picture online and knew she had to have her. What made this adoption so special?  Wednesday was diagnosed with cancer and her prognosis was unsure.  None of that phased Ashley; she just wanted her to live the rest of her days comfortably in a home.  Well 3 surgeries and 2 rounds of chemo later and we are happy to report that Wednesday has been cancer free for 4 years!

 

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Wednesday first came to IPC 5 years ago when her mom Ashley sought alternative treatment for back pain she had been experiencing.  Wednesday was started on a weekly program that included underwater treadmill, therapeutic exercise, laser therapy, acupuncture & chiropractic sessions.  Wednesday soon became stable enough to graduate to a maintenance plan!  She still comes every other week for exercise & underwater treadmill and sees Dr. Zenoni every 2 months for an acupuncture & chiropractic session.

 

 

“IPC has helped Wednesday stay pain free and able to be her crazy happy go lucky self. She has had 1 flare up of her back. I got her right into you all and she was on her way back to normal after just 1 visit.” –Ashley, Wednesday & Lola’s mom

Lola always came for emotional support to Wednesday sessions, but as she got older and after seeing how Wednesday improved with rehabilitative therapy, Ashley brought Lola in for an evaluation with Dr. Zenoni.  Lola melts during her massage/laser sessions and gobbles up peanut butter during her acupuncture & chiropractic treatments.

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“I love seeing Wednesday & Lola in the clinic.  Their can-do spirit is inspiring.”  -Doris

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Lola can often be found wandering around the exercise room, scrounging for treats while Wednesday works out!  She can also be heard in the hydro room barking for treats while Wednesday walks in the treadmill.   We love Lola’s antics and diva personality!

 

 

 

 

Lola slowly started losing her eyesight, and is now blind at 16 years old.  Her blindness has brought image3many new challenges to the table, but that doesn’t stop this trio.  They still go to the beach and take walks, but Ashley just has to keep a close eye on Lola so she doesn’t run into or fall off anything.   Lola has also developed anxiety, but medication and being by Wednesday’s side has helped.  Wednesday still takes care of Lola by licking her face, but has recently started challenging Lola for the queen position in the house- something that Lola is not ready to give up yet!

 

“Lola & Wednesday may have been through a lot, but Ashley’s diligence has really helped their quality of life”       -Dr. Deanne Zenoni

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Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign.” Wednesday & Lola have asked us to tell you about Guardian Angel Basset Rescue.

“The basics of Guardian Angel Basset Rescue are simple – GABR rescues Basset Hounds from Illinois, Eastern Missouri and Indiana that find themselves in bad situations.  We are a 501c3 charitable organization.”

 

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July 2016 Max

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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

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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

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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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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

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Journey

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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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