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July 2015 Prada

3 years ago · · Comments Off on July 2015 Prada · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month ·, , , ,

Prada in her hatPrada

What more can we say about Prada besides, “SHE’S AWESOME”?!  Prada is an almost 16 year old Lhasa Apso mix, but you’d never guess her age by looking at her. She still rocks it in the underwater treadmill by going for 20 minutes at a speed between .5-.7 miles an hour! Prada has been a patient of IPC since the fall of 2009. Whether it was keeping her conditioned for competitions, rehabbing her knee surgery or helping her bounce back from an 11 day stay in the ER, we’ve been cheering Prada on every step of the way!

Since the age of 2, Prada has been a therapy dog with Canine Therapy Corp and is currently the oldest active member!  She regularly works at The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and does outreach like Camp I Am Me, which benefits young burn victims. Besides her busy volunteer life, Prada competed in AKC & UKC obedience until she was 11! Prada has more on her plate than many adults!

“Every time she’s running around the house like a puppy or sprinting down the sidewalk after a 2-3 mile walk, we say ‘thank you IPC’ and smile.”  

-Michelle, Prada’s mom

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June 2015 Bailey

3 years ago · · Comments Off on June 2015 Bailey · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month ·, , , , , ,

Bailey swimmingBailey

Bailey’s mom first noticed something was off with her when she was about 6 months old. She stopped running around at the dog park and would often just sit down on walks. Bailey was diagnosed with severe elbow dysplasia and had surgery to remove floating cartilage and bone chips. Her mom wanted to go the extra mile with Bailey’s care and brought her to Integrative Pet Care when she was a little over a year old and that’s when we fell in love with this mushy lab!

“Bailey and her mom have been dedicated to her rehabilitation since the beginning. She is a gentle swimmer who enjoys fetching toys and treats in the pool. She even enjoys her pain relieving therapies like shockwave and laser so much that she often falls asleep”

-Julie, Bailey’s primary therapist

 

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May 2015 Tsubo

3 years ago · · Comments Off on May 2015 Tsubo · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month ·, , , ,

Tsubo swimsTsubo

Tsubo was adopted from Baja Animal Rescue – a rare no-kill shelter in Northern Mexico that rescues street dogs, rehabilitates them and finds them happy homes.

“We knew he was going to be part of our family the moment we met him – his calm demeanor and the way he tucked his head into our laps when we said hello won us over. The rescue warned us that he had some issues with one of his hind legs – a consequence of abuse or being hit by a car – both sadly common with dogs in Mexico. His slight limp and awkward stance didn’t seem to slow him down one bit, and we decided that we would deal with it as needed in the future – this was our dog, nothing was changing that.”

-Nina, one of Tsubo’s moms

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April 2015 Arthur

3 years ago · · Comments Off on April 2015 Arthur · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month ·, , , ,

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Arthur

Arthur’s parents were initially looking for a pal for their other old english sheepdog, Winston who, at the time, had recently lost his brother Duke.  Well, it was love at first sight the second they saw him on Chicagoland Old English Sheepdog Rescue’s website!  They opened their hearts and home to the 10 year old knowing that he would have a hard time finding a family and it seemed like the perfect fit for their 12 year old Sheepdog Winston.  They became immediate pals, spending their days as gentlemen of leisure should.

Arthur was surrendered to the rescue because he was having “accidents” in the house.  Well it turned out that he had a long term untreated urinary tract infection and had been about 50 lbs overweight at one point.  He had led a largely sedentary life, which negatively impacted his health and fitness. Jim and Scott wanted him to be as healthy and happy for his new life with them so they decided to bring him in for an evaluation.  They saw great results for Winston and knew that Integrative Pet Care’s approach to working with each pet on an individual basis to find out what works best would be the key to his success!

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Mar 2015 Birkin

3 years ago · · Comments Off on Mar 2015 Birkin · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month ·, , , , , , ,

Birkin on treadmill

Birkin

The first thing you notice about Birkin (besides her adorable face) is her extremely happy demeanor. Even when she’s not feeling too hot, she’ll greet you with a grin and a happy tail. We first met Birkin in June 2014 when she came to us for limping on her right rear leg.  We were hopeful that therapy would prevent surgery, but unfortunately she was just too active! Dr. Zenoni referred her to Dr. Wolf at Premier Veterinary Group for a surgical consultation. It turns out that Birkin had a fully torn cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) and a luxating patella- which could only be corrected with surgery.

Birkin came back to us shortly after surgery and made an amazing recovery (although she did look pretty pathetic with a shaved leg and cone of shame)!

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Feb 2015 Dionne

3 years ago · · Comments Off on Feb 2015 Dionne · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month ·, , , ,

Dionne in Underwater Treadmill

Dionne

In November of 1996, Mary Beth was presented with a gift that has not stopped giving: a 6-week old, white, fluffy pup, weighing in at 1.2 pounds.  Tiny and adorable as she was, she quickly asserted herself as the alpha member of the family. Her name comes from Dionne Warwick (diva) and Deion Sanders (dominant personality). Despite those attributes, Dionne has been mostly laid back all her life.  She is the epitome of unconditional love, except when it comes to dogs bigger than her.  She has a long-time habit of walking up to them and nipping at their nose, but because she’s small and fast, she always got away with it. It seems even dogs can have the Napoleon Complex!  (Spoil alert: this behavior has resumed.)

Dionne loves to dress up! Over the years, she has amassed quite the wardrobe, including matching collars and leashes.  As she goes on her walks, she has delighted so many people with her variety of outfits and is appropriately dressed for each holiday.  She enjoys the extra attention and bringing a bit of joy to others!

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Jan 2015 Kayla

3 years ago · · Comments Off on Jan 2015 Kayla · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month ·, , , , , , , , ,

Kayla at Starved Rock

Kayla

When Laura walked into Anti-Cruelty in 2011, she had her mind set on adopting a smaller dog.  Well, all that changed when she saw a quiet dog staring at her with those ‘sad eyes’ that you just can’t resist.  Kayla was 3 ½ at that time and had been relinquished due to a family member’s allergies and then returned by another family after she ate a couch.  4 years later Laura and Kayla are attached at the hip and she has yet to eat anything she shouldn’t. Kayla is the perfect mix of hiking companion and couch snuggler!

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