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October 2019- Benji

3 weeks ago · · Comments Off on October 2019- Benji · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , ,

Benji

12 week old Benji joined his family in May 2019, and after only 1 week at his new home he suffered a terrible accident.  Benji jumped onto a blanket on the couch and slid off onto the floor.  His family rushed him to Premier Veterinary Group in Orland Park.  Benji had unfortunately broken both of his elbows, which required extensive surgery.

The Surgeon had serious concerns in regards to what his surgery would entail and the unknown outcome if the surgery was a success. He had Bilateral Medial Humeral Condyle fractures which required his elbows to be repaired with pins and screws.  Luckily the surgery was a success and Benji was up on his feet in two days! His family was ready to do whatever it took to get him up and acting like a puppy again.

Benji’s was referred to Dr. Amber Ihrke at Integrative Pet Care of Homer Glen by his surgeon, Dr. Alexander El-Warrak, and his family couldn’t be happier with the outcome.  After meeting with his rehab team, Benji was prescribed a treatment program that consisted of swimming and therapeutic exercises.  After 8 weeks of therapy, Benji had a full recovery of his elbow range of motion, increased muscle mass in his front limbs, improved flexibility in his front limbs and most importantly, did not show any signs of lameness.  “It was amazing to see him make such significant improvements session after session! Although he wasn’t a fan of the water, all was forgiven with Benji once the beef liver treats were pulled out.  He loved doing exercises for snacks and was so brave with all of the equipment! Patients like Benji help remind me exactly why I started in this field, and so he will forever be one of my favorite patients!” -Michelle

“From the start Jill (patient services coordinator) has been wonderful! She coordinated all of our appointments and most importantly sent us reminders and followed up on visits. It was an overwhelming time and I appreciated her being so on top of things. Michelle was so patient with Benji throughout the entire process. She truly has a gift and is in the right profession. Michelle did an amazing job explaining the goals for therapy and devised a specific home exercise program. I always left feeling like I learned something new to improve the healing process”. -Jessica, Benji’s mom

Benji’s family would like to spread the message of Never Give Up.  “Benji’s surgery and recovery were not easy and it definitely was not cheap. Money comes and goes, but giving him the chance at life and the endless amount of joy he brings to us everyday is priceless. Looking at Benji today we feel inspired- we can hardly believe how far he has come in such a short amount of time. He truly is a success story and you never know what’s possible, but love and hope can go a long way.”

Make a difference

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Benji has asked us to tell you about TLC Animal Shelter.

 T.L.C. has served the community as a private, non-profit, humane society, dedicated to the prevention of abuse, neglect, and cruelty to animals. The shelter provides refuge for an average of three to four thousand animals yearly.

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September 2019- Lily

2 months ago · · Comments Off on September 2019- Lily · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , , ,

Lily

Lily came to us after a two month history of right rear lameness that was diagnosed as a cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) injury and a patellar luxation. By using a stance analyzer, we were able to determine that Lily was only putting 5% of her body weight on her right rear limb (normal is 20%).  Her owners wanted to try a conservative treatment option to see if we could get Lily to walk better.  Her therapeutic plan over 8 weeks consisted of pain management modalities and osteoarthritis disease-modifying medication.  At the end of her plan, Lily showed no lameness and improved her weight-bearing on the left rear limb to 23%!  Lily is a great example of how conservative management with some knee injuries can lead to excellent outcomes.  

“Lily is a sweet, rambunctious dog with a lot of personality in a little package. Despite not liking the water at all, she walked in the underwater treadmill very well, and it was amazing to see how much she progressed over 8 weeks despite her stubborn attitude!”          -Michelle, Lily’s therapist

Lily’s story starts in 2015 when she was adopted from Indiana Petite Paws Rescue Angels.  “Lily was a tiny, six-year-old little girl who only weighed four pounds.  She was spoiled and did not want to share her new home with another dog as she was used to being the only child.  While she likes to play with toys and fetch, she also likes to snuggle under the covers and watch TV.  Lily is she is a ‘diva dog’ who does not like cold or rainy weather since it spoils her hair.” -Carol

When Lily started experiencing lameness, her parents booked an appointment right away at Integrative Pet Care Homer Glen since they had a great experience at the Chicago location with a previous dog.  They hoped to treat her condition conservatively to avoid surgery.

“After 4 weeks her progress was impressive, and after an additional 4 she was almost back to normal.  We cannot thank the Integrative Pet Care staff enough!” -Carol

Make a difference

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

Our goal is to provide families with a special needs pet that may need equipment, such as a cart, orthotic or prosthetic device in order to live an independent and full life. Our mission is only possible through generous donations from our supporters. Please consider making a donation so that we can continue to provide assistance to animals in need.

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August 2019- Beau Jangles & Coco Chanel

3 months ago · · Comments Off on August 2019- Beau Jangles & Coco Chanel · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , , ,

Meet the fantastic French Bulldog pair, Beau Jangles & Coco Chanel.  These two seem to capture everyone’s hearts wherever they go and IPC is no exception. They are so popular that therapists Katie, Tiffany and Michelle “fight” over who gets to see them!

Beau Jangles came to us with left rear lameness.  It was determined that the cause was cranial cruciate disease and medial patellar luxation which would require surgery to correct.   Beau had a tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO) surgery and started therapy within days.  He did excellent with his treatment program and was back to almost full weight bearing within eight weeks!

Coco was diagnosed with  bilateral hip dysplasia.  While rehabilitation cannot reverse hip dysplasia and osteoarthritis, targeted therapy can address pain, compensatory issues and improve gait biomechanics. Coco was prescribed weekly sessions of underwater treadmill, therapeutic laser, massage, therapeutic exercises and Adequan injections.  After an eight week program, she was not only more comfortable, but was able to go on 20 minute walks with only occasional lameness.

“It was amazing to see how fast Beau  recovered from his TPLO surgery with rehab, and even though Coco’s hips are terrible on x-ray, you would never tell by looking at her since she runs around like a maniac!” – Michelle, BS, CVT

“The day they successfully completed their rehabilitation programs was the happiest and most devastating day for us.  We were all excited that they were back to normal function, but also sad that they wouldn’t be able to see them weekly anymore! We are all counting the days until their 30 day rechecks” -Tiffany, CCRA

Kris brought Coco home after losing her beloved Boston Terrier, Gizmo.  Despite her initial sweet demeanor, Coco went from cute and cuddly to a fun loving and crazy girl within the first couple months.  Later, Kris decided that Coco needed a friend and brought Beau home who has been calm and loving since he was a puppy.  “Although Beau can give Coco a run for her money, she is the alpha dog who demands all the toys to be her own”. -Kris

After Coco was diagnosed with hip dysplasia, I was looking for alternative care and got very excited with all that IPC has to offer, especially in terms of pain management. These are all the things I would absolutely and do for myself, so having it available for my beloved dogs is fantastic! -Kris


Beau and Coco have since graduated from their formal programs, but their home exercise programs are crucial to their continual success.  “Their mom does great with their home programs, which is hard with one dog let alone two!” -Katie, CVT, CCRVN, CVPP

Everyone treated us like we were their most important clients.  When Dr. Amber got right on the floor with Beau instead of putting him on a cold metal table, I knew I made the right choice.   Her clothes were even covered in fur from her other patients which showed me that she cared- that meant the world to me. 

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July 2019- Brady

4 months ago · · Comments Off on July 2019- Brady · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation, Weight Loss ·, , , , , , , , ,

Brady’s love for launching himself off a deck after birds landed him at the vet’s office to repair one of his bilateral torn cranial cruciate ligaments (CCL) last fall.  At the suggestion of their daughter, who is a physical therapist, Brady’s parents made an appointment at Integrative Pet Care- Homer Glen.

Brady had surgery on his right stifle (knee) first and when that was strong enough, he went under to repair the left. “From the first day we saw him post operation, he was doing amazing! Thanks to the rehabilitation of his right leg, his recovery was much quicker and now both legs are stronger than ever” says therapist Michelle.

Another aspect of Brady’s program was weight loss which he accomplished under the care of therapist Katie who is a Purina Weight Coach- “he really is a great example of how weight loss can greatly improve the recovery process”.

What a difference you made to Brady’s life.  He loved his visits and has gained back almost all mobility that he had before surgery. -Brady’s mom

You would never know it today, but Brady was a ‘monster’ when he was little! With lots of training, he calmed down and transformed into a friendly and sweet dog.

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June 2019- Moose

5 months ago · · Comments Off on June 2019- Moose · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , ,

Moose

Moose an 11 year old Labrador Retriever who had surgery for a torn cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) in 2015.  His recovery was not going well, so his mom did research and found Integrative Pet Care of Homer Glen.

Moose met with the IPC HG team and a formal rehabilitation plan was created which included underwater treadmill, therapeutic exercise, massage, and laser therapy.  Once completed, a maintenance program, which consisted of underwater treadmill and laser, was recommended to address his arthritis.

“Integrative Pet Care has helped in so many ways; his movement strength and all around attitude has improved” says his mom Kim.  Best of all, Moose is back to his favorite activity, swimming!

“It’s always a pleasure to start my Saturday mornings with Moose as he’s always in a good mood and is beyond excited to see me!  We have been helping him remain comfort, improve range of motion, and increase weight bearing on his left hind leg.  He is one of our sweetest, happiest, most loving, and high energy patients.  He’s an old man who is young at heart” -Tiffany

One thing is very clear when it comes to Moose, he’s just one happy guy who has a love for life. “I started working here when Moose began his third maintenance plan.  It was amazing to see how much he still liked coming to see us. It’s a good feeling to know that rehab can continue to benefit a dog’s life.” -Michelle

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.   Moose has asked us to tell you about Tender Loving Care.

T.L.C. has served the community as a private, non-profit, humane society, dedicated to the prevention of abuse, neglect, and cruelty to animals. The shelter provides refuge for an average of three to four thousand animals yearly.

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May 2019- Jay Jay

6 months ago · · Comments Off on May 2019- Jay Jay · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , ,

“We adopted Jay Jay through an animal rescue on August 16th, 2018 when he was 8 months old, because I was 5 months pregnant and wanted a companion.  We saw him on petfinder a few months prior and once a few other things fell through, we went for it when we saw he was still available.  He was my best friend and stayed by my side throughout the remainder of my pregnancy, but I knew something was wrong with him. He cried when we would pick him up and he wouldn’t jump, which was weird since he was a puppy.

After seeing 2 different doctors, he was diagnosed with Legg-Calvé-Perthes Disease.  A Femoral Head Osteotomy (FHO) surgery was scheduled 10 days before I gave birth. His surgeon recommended rehabilitation, which would be beneficial for his recovery.  I used to work at an animal Hospital who referred to IPC Homer Glen, so I knew it would be a good place for him.” -Jay Jay’s mom 

“Jay Jay came to us with a history of not being able to walk on his back legs for a few months…in fact, sometimes he would only walk on his front legs! We created an intensive therapy program which consisted of manual therapy, hydrotherapy, and therapeutic ultrasound.  After 2 weeks he was consistently walking on his rear legs, within 4 weeks he was always walking on his rear legs, and 8 weeks later he was running and playing in the yard.” -Dr. Amber Ihrke

 I am totally blown away by his recovery and the results we were able to achieve.  He is such a little champ!!! -IPC therapist Tiffany

Jay has come very long way since starting with us. His sessions were so stressful since he had been in pain for so long that he would not allow anyone to touch him. As his program progressed, his pain level decreased and his mobility increased.  Now when he comes to see us, he jumps in my lap and give kisses. This is not something he would have done at the start and it was amazing to see the transformation in him just by making him feel better! -IPC therapist Katie 

I truly believe if it weren’t for the wonderful staff at IPC he wouldn’t be walking, let alone running on all 4 legs today.

Make a difference!

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

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April 2019- Buddy

7 months ago · · Comments Off on April 2019- Buddy · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , , ,

Buddy

When the Stroup’s became empty nesters, they decided a companion animal would be a great additional their family, specifically a beagle.  Buddy came from a reputable breeder in 2009 who had already socialized him with cats and children.  He was a healthy dog until he tore both of his cranial cruciate ligaments (CCLs).   Integrative Pet Care’s services were recommended by his surgeon at MedVet Chicago to speed up his recovery.

“We first met Buddy in early October 2018 following a tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO) procedure on his left rear leg. As he would also require another TPLO on the right side, it was advised he begin a rehabilitation program with weight loss in order to achieve the most successful outcome possible. Despite some residual post-operative stifle edema (swelling) and areas of discomfort elsewhere on his body due to the changes in his bio-mechanics, Buddy always seemed pretty happy to come in for his rehab visits!” -Dr. Melissa Trupia

After his second surgery, Buddy was prescribed an 8 week treatment plan which included therapeutic laser, massage, dry-needling, manual therapy, underwater treadmill, and therapeutic exercises.  “Buddy came in after each of his knee surgeries which were performed roughly a month apart with significant bruising, swelling, and heat present at his knees.  Laser therapy was performed at his first visit and significant improvements observed by his owners and therapists.  At his second visit, there was a significant decrease in heat, swelling, and bruising leading me to term him the ‘laser poster dog.’ -Tiffany, Buddy’s main therapist

“After completing his formal treatment plan, Buddy continued with a maintenance plan to continue working on his sit posture, strengthening his rear limbs and improving his overall mobility during walks.  Buddy is now walking around without showing signs of pain or discomfort in his rear limbs.” -Valerie

The staff at IPC has been informative and caring and Buddy gets excited when we are driving there!

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March 2019- Pearl

8 months ago · · Comments Off on March 2019- Pearl · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , ,

Pearl

Pearl came to Integrative Pet Care Homer Glen in September 2018 following a hemilaminectomy (spinal cord surgery), which left her unable to use her rear limbs.  The prognosis was poor for Pearl to walk again, but we knew that our therapies could improve her quality of life.

Pearl was prescribed laser therapy and massage by Dr. Amber Ihrke to help her recover post surgery.  Her owners were also shown how to use electrical stimulation with an NMES (neuromuscular e-stim) unit to strengthen her rear limbs at home.  NMES stimulates nerves and muscles to prevent muscle atrophy (muscle mass loss) and strengthen specific muscles.

“Unfortunately, over time it became apparent that she may not regain use of her rear limbs. We discussed placing her in a cart with her owners, and after some time they agreed that is was the right choice. And was it ever- Pearl has not slowed down since!” -Katie

Although Pearl did not regain use of her rear limbs after surgery, she now runs around and has complete independent mobility in her cart.  Pearl’s cart gives her the freedom she needs to live a happy and healthy life. -Valerie

“The fabulous team of Dr. Amber, Dr. Melissa, Katie, and Valerie were there to help us.  Professional, caring and knowledgeable are just a few of the adjectives we would use to describe them.   They guided us through all the treatments, teaching us what we needed to know in how to care of our Pearl. Today, Pearl still takes walks and runs, but now in her ‘Hot Wheel Cart’.  Sometimes we can’t even keep up with her!!   She is able to run through her yard and participate in all the things she could before her injury, including tons of hugs and kisses.  THANK YOU to all at Integrative Pet Care.  We don’t know what we would have done without you.” -Pearl’s owner

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Pearl has asked us to tell you about the shelter she was adopted from, Tender Loving Care Animal Shelter.

T.L.C. has served the community as a private, non-profit, humane society, dedicated to the prevention of abuse, neglect, and cruelty to animals. The shelter provides refuge for an average of three to four thousand animals yearly.

 

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February 2019- Hannah

9 months ago · · Comments Off on February 2019- Hannah · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , ,

Hannah

“Hannah was adopted out of the Plainfield Humane Society in the summer of 2008.  At the time I had recently put one of my dogs down due to illness and since I have always felt that two dogs together are much happier when I am away at work wanted another pet. One day I walked in to the clinic that houses the humane society and noticed a small dog sitting in the waiting room unsupervised.  Hannah sat there confidently and calmly observing the foot traffic come and go. I was very impressed and Ruby and I adopted her the next day.

She had always been very intelligent and confident until her hearing and eye sight started to fail her. She would walk into the big dog park and wade right into the pack of much larger dogs and never have a problem. Hannah knew where the treats were stored at home and the counter, cabinet or pantry were no problem for her to access if the humans weren’t around to say ‘No’.  She was the ultimate predator in the yard or on leash at the forest preserve. The Rat Terrier I knew was always ready to chase down and dispatch any animal that dared enter her yard. Even when the mulberries were in season and the raccoons spent their time in the trees gorging, Hannah would not tolerate such an indignity and climbed trees to get at them.  I pulled her out of the trees many times but unfortunately, she fell and injured her back which in her senior years caused problems.” Jim, Hannah’s dad

Their primary care veterinarian suggested Integrative Pet Care Homer Glen When Hannah started to develop weakness in her back legs.  Hannah was evaluated by Dr. Amber Ihrke and physical therapist Val who devised a therapy plan to address Hannah’s specific issues.  “Hannah received manual therapy and participated in a therapeutic exercise program.  Even though Hannah is an older patient, she made excellent progress during rehab.  She demonstrated an improvement in her balance since her evaluation when she would turn and fall over.  Now, 30 days after she finished rehab, Hannah can turn circles and maintains her balance without falling over.” Val

“Dr. Amber along with Val, Katie and Tiffany helped by teaching us how to help Hannah. Val especially helped by instructing Ruby and I in massage and creating small challenges for Hannah to keep her as active as possible for as long as possible. Hannah still enjoys her walks and her visits to the dog parks, and although she doesn’t have the stamina she once had she’s a little trooper. We feel the care she has received has improved her quality of life and we are grateful for everything that they’ve done.  A big thank you to everyone at Integrative Pet Care Homer Glen!”- Jim

Our senior patients are special at Integrative Pet Care of Homer Glen and Hannah is a perfect example.  She came to us because she was having some rear limb weakness and loss of balance and her owner wanted to see if we could help her.  We started her on a treatment plan to include hydrotherapy, manual therapy, and acupuncture.  Within 8 weeks her dragging of the rear feet and her loss of balance was improved.  We sent the client home with an age-appropriate home exercise program and Hannah continues to do well with her mobility.  Senior pets can have tremendous benefits with rehabilitation and some TLC. -Dr. Ihrke

Make a difference!

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

Our Mission Statement:
Providing families with a special needs pet that may need equipment, such as a cart, orthotic or prosthetic device in order to live an independent and full life. Our mission is only possible through generous donations from our supporters. 

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January 2019- Neytiry

10 months ago · · Comments Off on January 2019- Neytiry · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , ,

Neytiry

When Neytiry started agility training, her dad noticed that she would sometimes off set her weight and hold her right rear leg out a little bit.  Even though it would subside with rest, her symptoms kept coming back.  Radiographs revealed that she has hip dysplasia in both hips.  An evaluation at Integrative Pet Care was recommended by Physio Pet Massage

At the time of her exam, Neytiry was exhibiting a mild, subtle lameness on her right rear limb and resistance to extending both her hip joints. Dr. Ihrke started her on a multi-modal treatment plan of Adequan injections, hydrotherapy, manual therapy with dry needling and therapeutic exercises.

“Neytiry lacked good shoulder and hip extension range of motion, but made great progress during her 8 weeks of therapy.  She loved her exercises the most and it seemed like there wasn’t an exercise she couldn’t complete.  My favorite thing about Neytiry is how she loves to climb up and sit in chairs when waiting for her sessions.  Neytiry now can perform all of her exercises without any problems or pain.”  -Valerie, PT, DPT, CCRP

“Neytiry was a blast to work with! I almost had a hard time keeping up with her by the end of her program. Neytiry has bilateral hip dysplasia but she does not know that. By the end of her program she was able to do everything we asked of her and now is back to practicing agility with her dad! -Katie, CVT, CCRVN

Since Neytiry’s dad has continued all her home exercises and prescribed supplements, she is ready to get back into the sport that she loves, agility!

“This is an excellent example that early intervention with hip dysplasia can produce huge benefits in mobility” -Dr. Amber Ihrke

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Neytiry has asked us to tell you about Livingston County Humane Society.

The mission is to place each animal who comes to us into a good, loving home. We also promote responsible pet care.  During your visit here on our website, you’ll be able to see the animals that we currently have available for adoption. All animals are spay or neutered, all shots up-to-date, including rabies, and dogs are micro-chipped.

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