“Minnie is an 11 years old Beagle/Cooker mix who along with anxiety issues, has always had some back issues for the last 6 years. On February 1, 2018 while sleeping, she apparently heard the mail truck when she jumped on our sofa, like she always did, but must have lost her balance and fell flat on her back. We immediately took her to our local vet, who thought she had sprained her back. She was actually walking when we left the office, but the rest of the evening was a total nightmare! Our poor sweet Minnie was unable to walk, get comfortable, or sleep.
We took her to an emergency veterinarian who noticed that her rear paws were not reacting well to stimulation. We were then referred to a neurologist who explained that she would need an MRI followed by immediate surgery to clean out the ruptured disc material. We made the decision to go ahead and give our loving family member the opportunity to get through this as she was still a healthy dog with good hearing and eyesight. The staff was wonderful and kept us updated throughout her 3 hour procedure. She was hospitalized for 5 days to be monitored and given daily laser treatments for pain management. We were given detailed homecare instructions as Minnie was unable to stand, and had bladder and bowel incontinence. It was a very stressful situation for us as she could not be left home alone since she was totally dependent on us for all her needs.
Two weeks later, her staples were removed and we asked, ‘where do we go from here?’ We were given a list of rehabilitation facilities and Integrative Pet Care in Homer Glen was on the list, which we found convenient to our home location. We checked the reviews online, which appeared very good and decided this place may work well for us.”
“Minnie came to us after having surgery for an intervertebral disc extrusion. At her first appointment, she was unable to stand independently and unable to walk. We started an intensive rehabilitation plan that included acupuncture, therapeutic laser, and hydrotherapy. After 4 weeks, she could get to a standing position without assistance and even though her rear legs were weak and wobbly, she was able to walk independently. We started her therapeutic exercise program and placed her in a cart that allowed her to use her rear legs to help retrain her to walk normally. After 12 weeks of therapy, Minnie is able to walk independently and her rear limb weakness is much improved and she is back to living her normal life.” -Dr. Amber Ihrke
The cart worked wonders and she regained her independence! “Minnie is a great example of a neurological patient that benefits from using a cart to conserve her energy and it also helps to correct her abnormal gait pattern. Minnie reminds us that carts are not just for dogs that are paralyzed and they can be a useful therapy tool to help patients with neurological conditions progress in their rehab programs.” PT Valerie
Kathy and I are forever grateful to the staff at Integrative Pet Care of Homer Glen and for the wonderful care Minnie has received from the front desk staff of Jill who books our appointments to Dr. Amber, Katie, and Val. Minnie was treated like she was their dog too. They really, really care!! It is so refreshing to see a staff who treats “all pets and pet owners” with the warmth and kindness we were given. We met several dogs and owners during this process who would surely agree with us!! Thank you so very much… and Minnie thanks you too!! -Greg, Minnie’s owner
“Watching her for from being unable to walk to not being able to slow her down in her cart was beautiful. I am so happy I had the chance to work with her and look forward to seeing her at her next recheck!” -Katie, Minnie’s therapist
Make a difference!
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. Minnie has asked us to tell you about the ASPCA
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA) is a national leader in the areas of rescue, adoption and welfare and has worked tirelessly for over 150 years to put an end to animal abuse and neglect.
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.
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.
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!
“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. With 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!”
“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.
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 a 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
“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 exercises, 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 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
“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 tears 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.
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 returning 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.”
– 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
Make 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.
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 people 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 been 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
“The short story about Mag…Maggie is a Labrador retriever that comes from a long line of Field Trial and Hunt test lines. I got her to have a good dog to learn the sport and to occasionally hunt with. When Maggie was a little over 1 year old she had already earned an HRC Started title and a Canine Good Citizen obedience certificate. One day while training out in the field while Maggie was about 1 1/2 years old, Maggie was sent on a retrieve for a training dummy. When she returned from the retrieve we noticed that her rear right leg was bleeding badly. Something sharp in the field had cut her. We used a first aid kit in the field and rushed her to the emergency vet in St. Charles. The cut was deep had severed some of the tendons in her leg and it required emergency surgery to repair the damage. She was then followed up by our regular vet and Maggie was done in the field for now until she recovered from the surgery. At the time I didn’t know if Maggie would end up with future problems from her injury that could possibly make her hunt test training limited or even over with.
We started light walks when our vet let us and used the time by attending obedience classes to keep her as active as possible while she still couldn’t run in the field. During that time I still belonged to my retriever clubs and helped out at hunt tests. At the tests sometimes there are raffle tables with donated prizes to help raise money for the clubs. It was at one of those tests I saw that one of the raffle prizes donated was a free evaluation at Integrative Pet Care, donated by Dr. Rosemary LoGiudice, a club member and proud owner of her own hunting dog, Otter. This seemed like a perfect opportunity for Maggie to see if we should be doing more to help her recover from her injury. I put all my tickets on the evaluation prize and we won.
We set up an appointment and Dr. LoGiudice took over from there.
After looking Maggie over we set up regular appointments for exercise, laser treatments and sometime in the underwater treadmill to help build her back up and heal better.
After a while Maggie was eased back into field work. She is now 5 years old and has added an HRC Hunting Retriever Champion (HRCH) title with the help of a professional trainer and an AKC’s CD obedience title and UKC’s UCD obedience title.
Maggie is fully healed and continues to train in the field and is still active in hunt tests and hunting. Hopefully she will still add a few more titles to her name.
She is very high drive dog and works very hard and loves every minute of it. I really enjoy working with her every time out. She is just a fun dog to spend time in the field with. I am always thankful for the help from Dr. LoGiudice and Integrative Pet Care of Hanover Park during Maggie’s recovery especially when I get to watch Maggie run in the fields doing what she loves to do.”
Thanks – Bob Cain
“Maggie had experienced a potentially activity-limiting injury when she was just a young dog. Her severed tendon was surgically repaired and physical rehabilitation was started at a great time during early healing.
She and her owner are great examples of teamwork, in ensuring that Maggie received fantastic rehabilitation therapy at home, in addition to the therapies we did with Maggie at Integrative Pet Care Hanover Park.
Her surgery was well done, but without rehabilitation therapy, there is a high probability of scar tissue formation and decreased range of motion of the affected leg if this kind of injury is allowed to heal without specific therapies. This could have prevented Maggie from being able to participate in retrieving activities or even walking normally. To watch Maggie run now, about 5 years after her injury, you’d never know she was ever injured. She is fun to watch and was even more fun as a patient!”
– Dr. Rosemary J. LoGiudice DVM, DACVSMR, CCRT, CVA, CVSMT
Make a Difference!
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an organization that they’d like promoted during their “reign.” Maggie has chosen the Anderson Animal Shelter. Please consider making a donation to them this month!
“Hobbes joined our family when he was approximately 4 months old and just melted the whole family’s hearts. He is originally from Chicago Animal Care and Control. Hobbes had a rough start as a puppy, being very scared of such a big world. He was not the most social butterfly to others, but he is towards his family. Hobbes enjoys going swimming in a nearby Lake Bode and going for long walks.
At 8 years old Hobbes was diagnosed with a cruciate tear in his right rear leg. He had a surgery called Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy, also known as TPLO in October of 2015 by Dr. Bernard Paré at the Hanover Park Animal Care Center. After recovering from the surgery we began therapies at Integrative Pet Care of Hanover Park. Hobbes initially was seen by Dr. LoGiudice and we started therapies coming one to two times a week, but now he is currently on a maintenance program of Underwater Treadmill weekly, Laser Therapy every other week and periodic Chiropractic adjustments.
Starting off, Hobbes was very nervous and seemed unsure of his surroundings, but after going one to two times a week for therapies he became much more comfortable with everyone.
I believe he now looks forward to his Saturday therapies with Anna and any other days with Katie, Dr. LoGiudice, Dr. Starr and Dr. Rodriguez. I truly appreciate everyone’s patience with him before he became so comfortable and with helping get him back on his feet and on the road to recovery. ”
– Shannon Patton
“It has been such a pleasure working with Shannon and Hobbes. His mobility, weight bearing, and muscle mass have been steadily improving with physical rehabilitation since his TPLO surgery. As an additional bonus, it has been such a joy watching his confidence grow and seeing how happy he is coming to visit us for his sessions. “
– Lisa Starr DVM, CCRP, CVA, CVSMT
“Hobbes is a great example of a “lucky dog”. Lucky to have been rescued to and from Chicago Animal Care & Control and adopted by his “mom” Shannon. Her patience and love gave them that wonderful “human-animal bond”. Hobbes obviously trusts Shannon and is a dream patient. He is a great example of how important an integrated rehabilitation program can be to ensure the best outcome of a successful orthopedic surgery. Thank you, Shannon, for entrusting Hobbes’ post-op rehabilitation to us at IPC Hanover Park!”
– Rosemary J. LoGiudice DVM, DACVSMR, CCRT, CVA, CVSMT
“Hobbes began his Rehab journey in November. In the beginning he was very shy around new people. His confidence slowly grew over time with the help of his mom Shannon by his side and a little bit of Peanut butter! Hobbes is a wonderful boy to work with! He has made great progress over the past few months. Keep up the good work Shannon and Hobbes!”
– Anna Alberth CVT, CCRA
“I Love working with him. Hobbes has been looking more and more confident each time he comes. He has been showing a lot of determination in his therapies to get back to his regular self and to get back to playing with his little sister. Keep it up Hobbes!”
– Katie Sulzmann CVMRT, ATC
“Hobbes has done so well with his rehabilitation program and has progressed so well after his CCL surgery”
– Dr. Arlene Rodriguez DVM, CCRT
Make a Difference!
Each month we ask our Patient of the Month to choose an organization that they’d like to promote during their “reign.” This month Hobbes has asked us to tell you about Second City Canine Rescue.
Second City Canine Rescue’s mission is to rescue homeless animals and responsibly place them into permanent, loving homes. We believe in rescuing responsibly.℠