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.℠
“Rocky had a rough start being adopted twice and returned to the shelter both times and before he was 8 months old. When we adopted him at 9 months old from Kay’s Animal Shelter in Arlington Heights, he was clearly worried it was not going to be his forever home, again. Being a Chocolate Lab mix, Rocky was full of puppy energy and just wanted someone to love him so he could love them forever. He loves to ride in the car, go to the dog park (even though that is where he over did it and caused his second surgery), partying and playing with other dogs at Day Camp, romping in the snow and just cuddling up next to a human for some attention.
For five years Rocky attended Day Camp or Day Care (when he was having leg issues) and had every associate wrapped around his finger to take a break and come sit with him in between playing with his canine buddies. Now being six years old, Rocky has already had three surgeries on his rear legs. At just a year old Rocky had luxating patella surgery on his left hind leg, followed by a TPLO surgery on his right hind leg when he was four and then at five he had the TPLO on his left hind leg.
Before his second surgery the surgeon suggested we do some therapy with him to build up the muscles before surgery and that is when we discovered IPC-Hanover Park. Dr. LoGiudice met with us and gave us a plan for Rocky to lose a few pounds and build up the muscle.
We clearly saw a difference in how he was walking and his energy after working with Dr. LoGiudice and Anna.
Post-surgery we went back and did his physical therapy with them as well. Somehow Rocky managed to injure himself on his left hind leg, needing another TPLO. This time Dr. Rodriguez, Katie and Anna at IPC-Hanover Park cared for him. However, surgery was a little tougher on him,
…but thanks to all the care and support from IPC-Hanover Park, Rocky is at about 95% and currently doing a maintenance plan with Laser, Therapeutic Exercise and Underwater Treadmill to continue strengthening the muscles.
When we pull up in the parking lot, Rocky gets so excited to go in and see Shannon at the front desk to check him in and then work with Katie, Anna or Dr. Rodriguez. Rocky’s favorite thing is to go for a “swim” and walk in the Underwater Treadmill.
Rocky is back to his old self of being able to jump into the car so he can go for a ride, walking around the neighborhood and playing with his toys. After all his surgeries and as he gets older, he does also love to be lazy and just go on his bed and take a nap. IPC-Hanover Park is awesome and has helped keep Rocky energetic, even though he was probably born with a couple of weak rear legs.
We love IPC-Hanover Park and all of the staff who take extra special care with their patients and keep them on a speedy road to recovery every step of the way. Thanks IPC-Hanover Park!!
-Todd & Christine Bermann
“I have been so fortunate to have worked with Rocky, who is the kind of dog that enjoys life and wants to please. You can just feel the bond between Rocky and “his people”. If anything, our challenge as his rehabilitation team has been to channel Rocky’s exuberance to help him rehabilitate each of his knees and he is doing great!”
– Dr. Rosemary LoGiudice DVM, DACVSMR, CCRT, CVA, CVSMT “Rocky is quite the trooper. Always happy to see IPC staff and his owners are great at keeping up with his exercises. Keep it up Rocky!”
– Katie Sulzmann CVMRT, ATC “Rocky is a pleasure to work with! He always comes for therapy with his tail wagging and ready to work. Rocky learned early on that doing therapy means getting lots of treats! Rocky’s owners are extremely dedicated to his rehab from TPLO surgery and it shows. Through diet and exercise Rocky as lost 10 pounds during his course of rehab. Keep up the great work Chris, Todd and Rocky!”
Charlie, is a female, and was born June 15, 2000. She was a rescue from A.D.O.P.T., (Animals Deserving Of Proper Treatment), located in Naperville, IL. Charlie was fostered thru A.D.O.P.T. and brought to Petsmart in Bloomingdale, IL. When we adopted her at 9 months old weighing a slender 23 pounds. Has a striking resemblance of a dear pet we owned that had crossed the Rainbow Bridge 2 years prior. We were told Charlie, her original name, is a husky, terrier mix due to her pink & black “butterfly” nose, one blue and one brown eye and her curled tail like that of a husky. We have been blessed with this wonderful pet for the past 15 ½ years of our lives. Charlie shares her attention with two siblings, Robyn an 8 year old female shepherd, golden retriever mix and Jin an 11 year old male mini pinscher. All three play well together.
Charlie fortunately has had a healthy life. No traumatic incidents thankfully and only one medical condition, seizures, discovered in August 2008. Fortunately with a correct diagnosis, medication and a great supportive staff at the Animal Hospital of Streamwood her seizures have been dormant for several years now.
As with most of us, getting older tends to take a toll on our bodies as it does our pets. Charlie had been having a difficult time getting up and maneuvering comfortably as when she was younger.
She was given multiple joint supplements along with pain and anti-inflammatory medication to provide her with comfort due to her diagnosed arthritis in her hips and lower back. She was provided with comfort from these treatments for some time. As she aged her abilities began to diminish at which point we brought our concerns to our clinic in Streamwood when they advised us of Integrative Pet Care in Hanover Park that provided advanced physical therapies to pets suffering from arthritis among other ailments.
I felt very fortunate that this clinic, one of only three in the state, was so close to our home and knew I had no other choice or Charlie’s quality of life would only worsen. Not knowing what to expect I went to Integrative Pet Care and had Charlie evaluated and put on a two month physical therapy rehabilitation program. Charlie was provided 6 disciplines recommended by her doctor, Laser treatment, Acupuncture, Underwater Treadmill, Chiropractic treatment, Massage therapy and Exercises. Charlie was essentially being put through a program much like an adult in a hospital setting, how could I go wrong?
At the end of her second week of therapy there was a huge noticeable difference in her condition. Charlie was getting up and maneuvering so much better than she had before. I can’t speak highly enough about the staff at Integrative Pet Care and what a difference they have made in Charlie’s health. I firmly believe without their help Charlie would not be with us today.
Charlie is now in her 4th week of her second treatment plan, a maintenance program to maintain her abilities achieved from her therapies at IPC. I am very grateful for the staff at the Animal Hospital of Streamwood for recommending IPC and I am very grateful for what the staff at IPC has done for Charlie.
“Charlie is such a sweet girl and we are always thrilled to see her as well as her Dad when they come in for her therapy sessions. He provides us with great stories and she keeps impressing us with her improved strength and mobility! Charlie is a wonderful example of how physical rehabilitation can improve quality of life, comfort, and mobility in our geriatric patients. Knowing you have given an owner more time with their beloved pet is one of the most rewarding parts of our jobs.”
– Lisa Starr DVM, CCRP, CVA, CVSMT
“Charlie has made quite the turn around. When she first came to IPC she had a very hard time getting around-standing up, changing directions and was falling often. Now, she is much more independently mobile and when she gets going she is going. She is a very strong willed pup and fun to work with.”
– Katie Sulzmann CVMRT, ATC
“I met Charlie back in October when she came in for her initial exam. Watching her walk into the room, I knew she was uncomfortable and needed our help! It’s amazing to see the improvements Charlie has made over the last few months! Charlie’s owners have been extremely dedicated to her therapy and it shows! Keep up the great work Charlie! “
A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter is located in Naperville, IL. We are a private, “no-kill”, non-profit organization that provides temporary shelter and care to dogs and cats in search of their forever home. Finding homes for our voiceless animals is a priority for us.
Please consider making a donation to A.D.O.P.T., it would make Charlie’s day!
Sizzle is a 4 1/2 year old Keeshond. She had FHO (Femoral Head Osteotomy) surgery when she was 4 months old and went through rehab
with Dr. Lisa Starr afterwards. She somehow reinjured that area while in the yard on 7-31-15.
“We’ve been working with Dr. Starr ever since because Sizzle is a very competitive in Obedience and Agility. Sizzle was in so much pain that Dr. Starr told us she could get her out of pain, but didn’t know if she would ever be able to do performance events again. We wanted to be able to get Sizzle back to doing what she loves.
Sizzle shows in the top level of Agility and is half way to her Master Agility Championship (MACH). Prior to her injury, she was also ready to show in the top level of Obedience after earning many placements in Obedience trials. It has been a long recovery since we want to get her back to such a competitive level.
Everyone at IPC has been wonderful! Sizzle loves to come to her appointments! She is very happy to be able to play with our other dogs again. Hopefully, she will be able to enter a dock diving competition next summer. Great news for us is that Sizzle gets to show in an Agility Trial in mid-January at a lower jump height!
I want to give a special thanks to Dr. Lisa Starr and Katie Sulzmann for all their hard work. They are the best!!! We wouldn’t be where we are today without them.”
“Sizzle and her Mom, Joy, are such a wonderful team to work with! Joy is so dedicated to making sure Sizzle is comfortable, fit, and able to enjoy life with all of the zest she brings to it. After Sizzle re-injured her left hip in early August of this year, we were concerned about whether she would be able to resume agility again since she had an FHO surgery on that hip as a puppy. Through Joy’s dedication to Sizzle’s massage, stretching, and strengthening exercises at home as well as bringing her in regularly for her physical rehabilitation sessions, we are thrilled to see Sizzle looking stronger than ever on her left hind leg. We’ll all be cheering them on as they plan a return to the agility ring later this month!”
-Dr. Starr, Sizzle’s IPC vet
“I have had the pleasure of doing Sizzle’s underwater treadmill and laser therapies since August. When I started working with her she was partially weight bearing on her left rear leg and was in quite a bit of pain. But she has made tremendous progress! She is performing advanced exercises in the underwater treadmill and is now able to resume her and her mom’s favorite activity, Agility! There is not a treatment session that goes by where Sizzle doesn’t impress me. Nor is there a session that goes by where she doesn’t make me laugh from her spunky personality.”
Midwest Canine Connection is a 501(c)(3) (pending) non-profit, no-kill, volunteer-run animal rescue. We are dedicated to rescuing animals from shelters that have a high-risk of euthanasia due to overpopulation.
Rex just turned 5 years old this month and he has had quite a journey so far. In December 2011, Rex
needed knee surgery on his right knee. We immediately started post-surgery rehab at IPC in January 2012. Dr. LoGiudice and Anna worked with Rex to strengthen the muscles in his legs by doing various exercises, including the underwater treadmill, and other treatments like acupuncture and therapeutic massage. Cara, Rex’s Mom, diligently continued these exercises at home every day and continuous to do so.
“We bring Rex to IPC a few times a year to get checked and learn new rehab methods. I am convinced that without IPC and without the continuous workouts at home, Rex would not be the happy dog he is today. These treatments have strengthened his legs and are helping to keep his knees in place without the need for any more surgeries. We strongly recommend IPC and encourage everyone in similar situations to take what you learn from the sessions and apply it at home on a regular basis.”
-David, Rex’s dad
“Rex and “his people” have been fantastic! The Fanellas came to the recommendation of Rex’ primary care veterinarian to see if we could help Rex’ knees. It is fun to work with owners as attentive to their pet as are the Fanellas. They work with Rex every day and I can’t think of a patient who is more enthusiastic about his therapeutic exercises than Rex!”
-Dr. Rosemary LoGiudice, Rex’s IPC veterinarian
“Rex is so much fun to work with! He always comes to his Therapeutic Exercise sessions ready to work hard! Cara and David are very dedicated owners and it shows with the progress he has made.”
-Anna, Rex’s IPC therapist
Segy first came to Integrative Pet Care of Hanover Park for hip dysplasia and severe osteoarthritis. She was prescribed a treatment plan consisting of Laser therapy, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Massage, Underwater Treadmill, Therapeutic Exercise and PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma).
Segy’s progress has been amazing and one year ago I would not have thought she would still be with me today. She has had her ups and downs but Dr. Rodriguez and staff have really helped her through these hurdles and she is continuing to show progress. I would really like to thank the staff at IPCHP for taking such good care of Segy.
-Judy Bruns, Segy’s mom
“Segy has made tremendous progress and amazes us every time she comes in. I think her PRP treatment along with her other therapies was a big factor in improving her quality of life.”
-Dr. Arlene Rodriguez, Segy’s IPC veterinarian
Segy came to the Brun family by chance when her original family could not keep her.
“We had never had a dog before, but my son said just tell them we will take her…So that same evening, Segy came into our
home and we fell in love with her immediately. Life was never the same for us. “She was such an easy dog to train. She is like a movie star dog to us. We even trained her to run down the driveway and pick up the newspaper to be delivered right to our front door.”
“It has been an honor to be part of Segy’s Rehab Team. She has shown great progress and continues to amaze us!”
-Anna Alberth, Segy’s therapist
“She seems to be more alert, upbeat and coordinated. When I first began working with her, she had a significant head tilt and was very sensitive along the spine. Now, her head tilt is nearly gone and she shows improvement each time I see her.”
-Katie Sulzmann, Segy’s therapist
“After her last acupuncture treatment on 10/22, I took her for a walk and she must have thought she was 5 instead of 15 because she was running and I was trying to keep up with her!! And I think she was smiling!!
“Thanks again IPCHP for all your hard work in continuing to help the Bruns family cherish each and ever day with our special girl, Segy.”
This past spring, Gracie was paralyzed in both hind legs due to intervertebral disc disease. She underwent surgery in February 2015 on her back and her prognosis to walk again, from the neurologist/ surgeon, was not good.
“In February of this year we were told that Gracie would never walk again when her emergency surgery – although successful – didn’t have the outcome that we had hoped for. Thankfully we reached out to Dr. Rosemary for a second opinion and we were given hope for the first time.