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May 2017 Sookey

4 weeks ago · · Comments Off on May 2017 Sookey · Hanover Park, Hanover Park's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , ,

Sookey

In her first few months of life, Sookey was sick with puppy strangles, or juvenile cellulitis, and was nursed back to health by her loving foster mom. While in remission for puppy strangles, Sookey was diagnosed with hip dysplasia at 7 months of age. She recently completed an 8 week therapy program with Integrative Pet Care Hanover Park that primarily included underwater treadmill, exercise therapy, and laser therapy. She works hard for her peanut butter Kong!  While we have seen improvement in her hips, Sookey will be continuing with another 8 week program.

Sookey has been a wonderful patient and it has been a pleasure working with her and watching her improve.  Sookey’s progress has shown that rehabilitation is an option and can be beneficial if surgery is not feasible.  I am looking forward to working with her in the future.” -Dr. Jennifer Blake, DVM, CVA, CCRT

At home, Sookey loves to run and play with the squeakiest toys she can find and insists on greeting all the dogs in the neighborhood. She is currently in the 2nd level of training classes and recently became a proud big sister to baby Adeline! She is already a great protector and always keeps an eye on her new best friend.

“I started working with Sookey in February to help build up her hind limb muscles due to hip dysplasia.  Sookey does an excellent job walking in the underwater treadmill.  She learned quickly that a peanut butter kong helps make the time go by faster when she is getting her laser therapy!  Sookey’s Mom and Dad are doing a great job with her at home!” -Anna, CVT, CCRA

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Sookey has asked us to tell you about Almost Home Foundation.

“We are an all volunteer, registered, not-for-profit 501c3 charitable organization dedicated to rescuing stray and abandoned cats and dogs.  Our primary focus is to save those animals from our local area.”

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April 2017 MaeBelle

2 months ago · · Comments Off on April 2017 MaeBelle · Hanover Park, Hanover Park's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , ,

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“We got MaeBelle from a local breeder when she was 9 weeks old.  She is a very sweet and loving girl…all of our nieces, nephews and grandchildren tell her ‘no Mae – Mae stop’ because she can’t stop kissing them!  Mae likes to take long walks, play with tennis balls, and swim when we go camping and boating.  Because of her activity level, we were caught unaware with her diagnosis of hip dysplasia in January, as she never had a prolonged period of limping or lameness.  We are still not sure what triggered her limping, but we are very grateful to her primary care veterinarian who believes she was most likely born with it.

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We had worked with Integrative Pet Care in the past, so we did not hesitate to bring MaeBelle in to see Dr. Starr.  The care she received has been extraordinary!  Every treatment is broken down so we can understand it, but more importantly it’s tailor made so that Mae’s hips can tolerate it.

In the time she has been receiving treatment, we have noticed an improvement in her mobility that we didn’t even notice she was missing.  She is now playing more with our other dog and is really enjoying our walks.  A HUGE thank you to her team for being so patient with her and us, and for teaching us what we need to help keep MaeBelle healthy and happy…and slimmer!”  -Laura, MaeBelle’s mom

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“MaeBelle and her family have been such a pleasure to work with.  She has shown tremendous improvement in her comfort in her hips, strength in her hind legs, overall fitness level, and her gait after just eight weeks of physical rehabilitation.  These improvements have translated into a much happier and more active dog, and are a testament to the hard work of her owners as well as how much physical rehabilitation can improve the quality of life and function for dogs with hip dysplasia. We are thrilled that MaeBelle is able to start doing more normal activities like swimming, and are looking forward to being part of her continued success.” –Dr. Lisa Starr

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“I have had the pleasure of working with MaeBelle since January of this year to help improve strength in her hind limbs due to hip dysplasia.  MaeBelle has been a STAR patient throughout her therapy- she always comes to therapy ready to work!” –Anna, MaeBelle’s therapist

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  MaeBelle has asked us to tell you about as Good as Gold.logo-min

As Good as Gold – Golden Retriever Rescue of Illinois is dedicated to the rescue, care and adoption of Golden Retrievers and golden mixes who are in need.  In addition, As Good as Gold educates Golden Retriever guardians and the general public about the importance of spaying/neutering, positive training methods, diet and exercise, appropriate medical treatment and humane care.

 

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March 2017 Paulina

3 months ago · · Comments Off on March 2017 Paulina · Hanover Park, Hanover Park's Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , ,

Paulina

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Paulina was picked up, along with a sibling, as a stray from California.  Even though she and her sister were marked as a bonded pair, which means the shelter likes to have them rescued together, another rescue took her sister and left her behind.  The reason?  She could barely walk as her back legs could not bend.  Chicagoland Eskie Rescue brought her to Chicago where Dr. Aaron Jackson of MedVet Chicago, diagnosed and performed the surgery for bilateral grade 4/4 luxating patellas.  After 8 weeks of pen rest, MedVet Chicago recommended Integrative Pet Care for her rehabilitation.

 

“When we first began with IPC, Paulina would not usPaulina 2e her back left leg and did not have the leg strength to walk on hardwood floors.  IPC worked with Paulina for 10 weeks.  Her therapies included exercise, laser, underwater treadmill, and chiropractic sessions, as well as daily at-home sessions with her foster family.  Paulina now walks (and runs) with all four legs and her muscle mass has increased significantly, allowing her to handle hardwood flooring like a champ!” -Chicagoland Eskie Rescue

“The doctors and staff at Integrative are some of the best in the business.  They genuinely care for each animal, set realistic goals for the patients and support the owners throughout the entire process.”  

“Paulina’s positive attitude and high energy has made working with her very easy! She enjoys doing her therapeutic exercises, especially when she gets freeze dried liver!” -Anna Alberth, CVT, CCRA

“Paulina came to us after having bilateral lateral luxation stabilization surgery. At the time of her Initial Evaluation she was front loading and not bearing much weight on her rear legs. Her response to therapies has been tremendous and she is finally bearing 99% weight on her hind legs! Thanks to the dedication of the rescue Paulina is ready to find her furever home!” -Dr. Arlene Rodriguez, DVM, CCRT

“After a rigorous rehab program we are proud to say Paulina is now taking applications for her furever home!  Paulina’s temperament is pure love.  Her favorite things to do include belly rubs and walks, which she never was able to enjoy before her surgery.  She gets along with other dogs, but would also be a great dog for someone with limited dog experience.  For more information or to request an application, please email us at CERApplications@gmail.com.”

Make a difference!

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

Chicagoland Eskie logoRescue, specializing in American Eskimo Dog Rescue & Re-Homing was established in January of 2008. The rescue is a recognized 501(c)(3)Non-Profit Organization that is made up entirely of volunteers who are dedicated to provide shelter, care, vetting and an adoption program for abandoned and relinquished American Eskimo Dogs.

 

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February 2017 Ch Khalin

4 months ago · · Comments Off on February 2017 Ch Khalin · Hanover Park's Patient of the Month ·, , , ,

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In early November of 2016 Ch Khalin suffered from hind limb paresis or a ‘mini stroke’, which caused him to lose function in his rear legs.  He was referred to Integrative Pet Care Hanover Park by his primary care veterinarian at Gateway Veterinary Clinic.  Ch Khalin met with Dr. Rosemary LoGiudice who prescribed a rehabilitation program that consisted of: veterinary acupuncture & chiropractic treatments, therapeutic exercise, massage and laser therapy.  His owner Vallie attributes his improvement to the collaborative efforts of his veterinarians and staff.

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January 2017 Ares

5 months ago · · Comments Off on January 2017 Ares · Hanover Park's Patient of the Month ·, , , , , ,

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Ares was born in the Czech Republic on January 12, 2006 and was selected to come to the United States to be a police dog later that year.  Ares and his handler John were partnered up in early 2007 and to went through a six week training program at the Cook County Sheriff’s Training Facility.  Ares’ little brother Jake was adopted a year later and the two quickly became best friends!

After many years of hard work and service to the police department, Ares was having some occasional difficulties.  After visits to the vet and an MRI, it was determined that Ares has four herniated discs in his back and neck.  He was given some medication and was told to “take it easy”.  Ares, however, was not ready to take it easy, nor was he ready to retire from the police department.

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December 2016 Pugsley

6 months ago · · Comments Off on December 2016 Pugsley · Hanover Park's Patient of the Month ·, , , , ,

Pugsley

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Pugsley is a super handsome senior fellow who has a zest for life.  Based on his smiling face you would never guess he had a rough start to life.  He was unfortunately hit by a car prior to being surrendered to the Northern Illinois Pug Rescue & Adoption (NIPRA) in August of 2013. When he was placed in his forever home, his new family noticed his many problems and tended to them right away. Pugsley wobbled a lot, could not walk for more than a few feet without collapsing in the rear, could not potty without falling, and did not enjoy taking morning walks.  Fortunately his neurologist, Dr. Belinda Comito at Veterinary Specialty Center recommended starting rehabilitation, and the rest is history!

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November 2016 Hennessey

7 months ago · · Comments Off on November 2016 Hennessey · Hanover Park's Patient of the Month ·, , , , ,

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“Hennessey came to Four Paws Animal Foundation at 10 weeks of age from Chicago Animal Care & Control where he was listed as a stray; unable to urinate on his own, impacted bowel and possible paralysis of his back legs. After a complete and thorough exam by our own veterinary clinic, where x-rays were also taken, it was determined that 2 vertebrae (one of which was fractured) were pinching his spine and blocking signals to his brain. We decided the best course of action would be for him to have an evaluation and course of treatment by Integrative Pet Care of Hanover Park once we felt he was strong enough. We are so happy that he has responded to Acupuncture, Laser and Exercise treatments and has improved greatly as evidenced by him being able to stand on his own even for a short time.  Withhennessey-6 another course of treatment and continuing exercises at home we hope he will eventually be able to walk on his own but for now we are so encouraged by his progress.  Thank you to the wonderful staff and IPC Hanover Park!”

-Arleen, Four Paws Animal Foundation

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September 2016 Ewan

9 months ago · · Comments Off on September 2016 Ewan · Hanover Park's Patient of the Month ·

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“Ewan came into our lives as a foster dog when he was about two years old. He had a history of running loose and his owners eventually turned him over to a central Illinois animal control facility. His easy going, non-confrontational personality allowed him to fit right into our pack. His antics make me smile – pointing butterflies, hunting toads and humping the dog bed every time I run the vacuum. He is always ready to go, always ready to play, but never passes up an opportunity to snuggle under the covers. A kind-hearted soul with a little bit of an endearing daredevil side. He won me over. There was no way I could part with him. We adopted him, making him a permanent member of the family.Ewan #2

In May 2016, Ewan began to limp on his right hind leg. I noticed a considerable swelling between his pads. At first I thought perhaps he had a foreign body in his foot, but radiographs showed that it was a mass. A biopsy determined it to be a very aggressive spindle cell sarcoma. Cancer. Unfortunately, removing only the mass was not an option,
as it was in the center of his foot. It was ugly, angry, and painful. I had no choice but to consider amputation.

The usual and recommended procedure is to amputate the entire leg. In Ewan’s case, I felt this was extreme. The problem was with his foot. The rest of his leg was perfectly fine. Knowing that prosthetics are available for dogs, I consulted with Dr. Rosemary LoGiudice and Dr. Arlene Rodriguez at Integrative Pet Care Hanover Park (IPCHP) to see if that would be an option for Ewan. They both gave a rousing endorsement for pursuing a limb-sparing amputation (removing only the foot) and getting fit for a prosthesis. Having use of four legs will help reduce future strain on his back, hips, and knees as he ages. Dr. Lisa Starr, also with Integrative Pet Care Hanover Park, became my liaison between Orthopets, the manufacturer of animal assistive devices, and our surgeon Dr. Abel at VCA Aurora. It was important that the surgery be performed in such a way that would give the prosthesis  Ewan #3a successful fit. Dr. Starr and Dr. Abel were very dedicated to Ewan’s case and did an incredible job collaborating prior to and during the surgery.

Three weeks after the surgery, Ewan met with Dr. Starr and Katie at IPCHP for measurements, photographs, video, and a casting of Ewan’s leg. All of this information was sent to Orthopets. Two weeks later, our custom prosthetic device arrived. We met with Dr. Starr again to assure we had a good fit. Ewan took to it right away! He was putting it down and wanting to take a few steps on it within minutes. Days later, he was back to going for walks. Ewan gets regular massages to keep him flexible and comfortable. He also does a variety of exercises that assist in teaching him how to properly use his new leg.

I’ve been thrilled with my decision to preserve Ewan’s leg. The prosthesis has given Ewan the freedom to enjoy life as he always has. I don’t know if I would have had the courage to make this decision if it weren’t for crew at Integrative Pet Care Hanover Park. I am very grateful for their constant support and encouragement throughout this process.”

– Allison Brudney

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“Ewan and Allison are an inspiring team to work with! Ewan has adjusted to walking in his prosthetic very quickly, despite some initial medical setbacks. Allison has been extremely diligent with his home Ewanexercises, helping him to learn how to use the prosthetic and improve his gait with it. She keeps a close eye on his skin to ensure that no sores are developing from wearing his device. Through both of their hard work, Ewan’s mobility and quality of life have benefited. Having more normal biomechanics walking with the prosthetic, instead of walking on three legs, lessens stress to the rest of Ewan’s body and in turn is helping to keep him more active and comfortable for the long term. They are great example of the results that can be achieved with having a motivated dog and a dedicated and involved owner! We are so honored to have the opportunity to provide Ewan with his prosthetic and to be a part of their team! Keep up the good work guys!”

– Lisa Starr, DVM, CVA, CCRA, CVSMT

 

Ewan on the porchEwan has a great spirt and drive and has been easy going through this entire process. He has been a joy to work with and I am thrilled with his progress.”

– Arlene Rodriguez DVM, CCRT

 

“He is such a strong willed pup and not letting health problems keep him from trotting around. He looks great in his new prosthetic! And is getting around wonderfully. I’m so glad he is doing well with his new magic shoe and is not letting anything hold him back. Love working with him. ”

– Katie Sulzmann CVMRT, ATC

 

Make a difference!

Each month we ask the POTM to choose an organization that they would like promoted during their month. Ewan has chosen the Bialy’s Wellness Foundation. BWF helps provide necessary supplies and medical care for pets with chronic mobility related conditions. Check out their website for more info on what they are about and how you can help! www.bialyswellnessfoundation.org

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August 2016 Chevy

10 months ago · · Comments Off on August 2016 Chevy · Hanover Park's Patient of the Month ·, , , , , , ,

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“Hi: I would like to introduce myself… My name is Chevy and I am a Golden Retriever, but more important than that I am also a service dog. My boy’s name is Nate and he has had a rough start in life. Nate has Down Syndrome, had a tracheostomy and battled leukemia. My job is to help him over the rough spots like blood draws, kiss away his Chevy POTM August 8-16 #6tears and track him if he wanders away from our Mom and Dad. I was born at 4 Paws for Ability in Xenia, Ohio and that’s where I learned to become a service dog. After my boy came to get me, we became great friends. I even learned how to jump off a dock and swim. My boy learned how to throw a toy for me and the next thing you know it we had people cheering and clapping for us at competitions.
As you know sometimes, Golden’s get hip dysplasia and unfortunately, I was one of them. Approximately a year and a half ago, I had an injury; because of that injury my hip dysplasia was also discovered. My Mom and Dad took me to IPC and met Dr. Rosemary.

With chiropractic, acupuncture, laser treatments, massage, exercise and underwater treadmill I am back to running, playing and going to school with my boy.

I continue to see Dr. Rosemary to make sure I can continue my very important job as a service dog for my boy.Chevy POTM August 8-16 #3
I love going to see Dr. Rosemary, Anna and Allison in addition to all the pretty girls at the front desk that give me a ton of attention. My Mom tells me all the time how lucky I am to be able to go and see Dr. Rosemary. I think so too!!” – Chevy

 

“Like many dogs and “their boys”, Chevy and Nate are buddies! A few years ago, Chevy became lame in his hind legs, and could no longer participate in many of the activities they did together, such as dock diving. This, in and of itself, was sad, but it goes beyond fun and games because Chevy is Nate’s service dog. Chevy could not participate fully in his job to help Nate in daily activities. I was tickled to meet Chevy, Nate, and Nate’s folks and provide a therapy plan that I believed would help Chevy. I remember telling Nate’s mom that it would not be a “quick fix”, but I was confident that if they would stick to the plan, that Chevy could return to full function. Within a few months, Chevy was “back on duty”, side by side with Nate for all daily activities, including accompanying Nate to school and Chevy POTM August 8-16 #4returning to their dock-diving activities of “Nate the Great and Chevy the Wonder Dog”! Chevy’s “people” are great about keeping him healthy, lean and fit and working with him at home, feeding him all the right things, and making sure Chevy receives periodic therapeutic massages, acupuncture, and veterinary spinal manipulative therapy
(“veterinary chiropractic”) at Integrative Pet Care Hanover Park.
Chevy, after all, is not just a companion, and family member, he’s a working companion and integral to “his boy’s” well-being!”
-Rosemary J. LoGiudice, DVM, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (DACVSMR), CCRT, CVA, CVSMT, Fellow of the CoAC

 

“Chevy is a true joy! He is a genuinely sweet, kind soul. When it is time for massage, he calmly lies down and puts his head on my lap. He enjoys every minute! Tania is a wonderful advocate for his well-being. Having hip dysplasia, routine massages help keep Chevy comfortable, flexible, and moving freely. I feel honored to work with such a special dog.” Chevy POTM August 8-16 #2

– Alison Brudney, CPDT
“It has beem a pleasure working with Chevy and his family. Chevy came to us in December of 2014 for left hind limb lameness. During Chevy’s initial exam we learned that he is a service dog for the Kothera’s son Nate. Our goal for Chevy’s therapy was to decrease his pain stemming from hip dysplasia and increase his rear limb muscle tone so that he can continue being a service dog for Nate. Chevy adjusted well to the underwater treadmill and was a pro at learning new exercises! Keep up the great work Tania, Ken, Nate and Chevy!”

– Anna Alberth, CVT, CCRA

 

Chevy POTM August 8-16 #5Make a Difference

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an organization that is close to their heart to promote. This month Chevy has chosen 4 Paws for Ability!

Mission and Goals – 4 Paws For Ability

  • Enrich the lives of children with disabilities by the training and placement of quality, task trained service dogs to provide increased independence for the children and assistance to their families.
  • Enrich the lives of veterans from recent conflicts who have lost the use of their limbs or their hearing while in active combat.
  • Educate the public to accept the use of service dogs in public places.
  • Assist with animal rescue when possible.

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June 2016 Max

12 months ago · · Comments Off on June 2016 Max · Hanover Park's Patient of the Month ·

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I adopted Max 14 years ago. He had been picked up as a stray in Gary, IN and was living in a foster home. Max has been my shadow ever since. He is an incredible dog, with a unique and quirky personality. At the time I adopted Max, I lived with my parents, but my father passed away after an illness about two years later. My mom died three years ago as well (she came to live with my husband and me while in hospice care). While both my parents were ill, Max stayed faithfully by their sides and was a huge source of comfort for them both. He chooses who he loves very carefully, but once he loves you, he does so with all his heart.
He has struggled with anxiety and fear aggression throughout his time with me, but is as sweet as can be with children and people with disabilities. He is so sweet with my toddler and adores our new baby.

Max has really come out of his shell since undergoing treatments for his injury. He is much more receptive to meeting new Max POTM June 2016people and sometimes allows strangers to approach and pet him (this is a big deal). I really believe it’s because he has experienced such kindness and positive interactions with the staff at IPC.

When Max started with IPC, he was unable to use his hind legs. He had no pain response in the right and little in his left. Seeing his progress over the last couple of months has felt like a miracle to us. I love when I go in for therapy with him, because he seems so proud to show me around and show off his skills. The staff is amazing…it is clear they love my boy, and he loves them right back. I can’t express how thankful we are that we found IPC!

 

“It has been such a joy to see Max blossom both physically and emotionally while undergoing physical rehabilitation with us. Initially, he was nervous to come in and take treats from us and was unable to walk outside of his cart. Now, he is excited to see us, looks for food, and is game for whatever we ask him to do during his sessions. We are so thrilled that rehab has helped him to walk independently again. It’s beMax POTM #3 June 2016en an honor to share in his success story. Despite being 14 year old, Max looks more active and younger every time he comes to visit us!”
– Dr. Lisa Starr, DVM, CCRP, CVA, CVSMT

 

I love coming into work and helping Max! He is such an inspiration and the sweetest boy.

I was truly amazed with how fast he progressed, he does not look like the same dog that came in only a few months ago.

Everyone at IPC and HPACC love seeing him and are always cheering him on. Great job Max!!!
– Katie Sulzmann CVMRT, ATC

Make a Difference!

We ask our POTM to choose a NFP group to promote and this is what Max’s family said:

We are big supporters of the Live Like Roo Foundation, which provides care packages to dogs with cancer. That’s where we would love a donation in Max’s name to be sent. They even sent Max a care package when I contacted them for donation information. It’s a 501c3 charity, so the donation is tax deductible. It can be sent to the following:

Live Like Roo Foundation
c/o Sarah Lauch, 5830 North Melvina, Chicago, IL 60646
Or via PayPal at livelikeroo@gmail.com

I’ll be matching your donation. 🙂
Thanks so much!

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