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January 2018- Connor

3 weeks ago · · Comments Off on January 2018- Connor · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , ,

Connor

Connor is a five year old German Shepherd who was diagnosed with bilateral hip dysplasia at nine months old.  At the suggestion of a surgeon, his mom Jennifer decided to try rehabilitation first due to his young age and high energy level.

Connor met with Dr. Amber Ihrke and Valerie who prescribed a rehabilitation program that included strengthening and pain management modalities.   Connor is not a big fan of strangers, so it took a little bit for him to trust his new rehabilitation team.  “Although he was not a huge fan of manual therapy in the beginning, Connor learned to tolerate it, which helped increase his hip and shoulder range of motion” says Valerie.

“When I started working with Connor we would take 5-10 minutes for him to get comfortable with me before we could start his sessions. Now, he and I are the best of friends! I look forward to his sessions as does he. He rarely has a bad day, but can recover quickly if he does. Connor is a big baby and I love working with him. He trusts that I only want to help him, and you can tell he enjoys his time in the clinic.” – Katie, Connor’s  therapist 

“Connor just celebrated his fifth birthday on December 17th. At this point he does not and may never need surgery on his hips. This alone is amazing. At nine months it was almost guaranteed that he would need surgery with in the first few years of life. He has had a few injuries over the years and each time Dr. Ihrke and Katie have never hesitated once to make sure he got the exact care he needed. He runs and plays with his pit pull sister with no problems or pain. He acts like he is still a silly puppy.”- Jennifer, Connor’s mom.

“Connor has become one of our regulars and we look forward to keeping him happy and moving well as the years continue.”  – 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”.  Connor has asked us to tell you about Half-Way Home Animal Rescue.

Our Mission is to ensure that every animal is treated with the respect that they deserve; to educate our communities on the importance of spaying and neutering their pets; in order to solve the pet overpopulation problem; the humane treatment and care of all animals, and to help the many animals that are being put to death in our communities every day, due to no fault of their own.

 

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December 2017- Charlie

2 months ago · · Comments Off on December 2017- Charlie · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , ,

Charlie

“Charlie has been a part of our family since he was 10 weeks old, joining Buffy, a 5-year-old blind Cocker Spaniel and Sadie, an 8-year-old Cocker Spaniel.  Charlie’s very energetic, social with everyone and very loving.  He loves to spend time out in his yard running around the pool at full speed trying to get his other brothers and sisters to play with him.  He would rather sit out in the grass or on the deck on a nice warm summers day than to take a nice cool dip in the pool with the others.

In June of this year Charlie became very wobbly as he walked, and suddenly had no control over his legs at all; it was like he became paralyzed and was having severe muscle spasms in his chest area.  I immediately called his doctors at Colonial Manor and brought him in.  After taking x-rays and doing a full exam Charlie was diagnosed with a form of myelopathy and disc problems and I was told that he may never walk again.  From that moment on, Charlie became immobile and had to be carried everywhere.  I couldn’t give up on my sweet baby boy.  After a few weeks he began to move his legs again and a few more days after that he started to get up, but that quickly stopped, and he was down and immobile again.  Hand water and feeding him and diaper changes throughout the day and night had to happen again and it was worse than the first time.” -Brian, Charlie’s dad.

Charlie was referred to Integrative Pet Care Homer Glen where he met with Dr. Amber Ihke and therapist Valerie Williams who created a treatment program which included NMES (electrical stimulaton), underwater treadmill, therapeutic exercise & acupuncture.

“Charlie is a stubborn guy who improved in spite of himself.  He came to us non-ambulatory and wasn’t motivated to get up and move.  We began with instructing the owner how to use an NMES unit on all four of the patient’s limbs to stimulate muscular contraction.  Although Charlie would not move during his therapy sessions, his owner reported slow improvements at home with increased mobility.  Eventually, Charlie was able to stand with support and he began exercising in the underwater treadmill.  Finally, it seemed like Charlie turned a corner and returned to walking outside at home without assist and even began negotiating stairs to enter and exit his home!” -Valerie

“Charlie is our little miracle; he could literally do nothing on his own!  After weeks of intensive therapy and the diligent care giving of his owner, Charlie is now walking and running independently.  A true testament to the power of rehabilitation.” -Dr. Amber Ihrke

“With Integrative Pet Care of Homer Glen’s therapy plan along with daily home exercises & NMES while using his cart, Charlie started to show signs of movement.   As of today, he got his appetite back and enjoys his food on his own and he is out walking around the yard again and even does some running around.  He is back to going for short rides in the car and he is even going for short walks again to the local park.  I never gave up on my little guy and neither did Dr. Ihrke and Valerie who made it their personal mission to get Charlie walking again and give him his quality of life back.  THANK YOU Integrative Pet Care!” -Brian

Make a difference!

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

Here’s small snippets of Charlie’s road to recovery:

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November 2017- Roxy

2 months ago · · Comments Off on November 2017- Roxy · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , ,

Roxy

While sitting at their daughter’s college track meet in Alabama, Bill & Laurie received a text message with a picture of a 5 week old pit mix who had been abandoned at their vet’s office. The situation was reminiscent of how that got their dog Bruce, so of course they stopped and picked her up!

“Through the years Roxy shared our life, swimming, walking, and playing with us!  She communicates well when she needs something and is easy to please.  She’s a loving lap dog, although some people look worried when they see her.” -Bill & Laurie

 

“Roxy presented to us for a torn cranial cruciate ligament that had been determined to be the cause of her lameness over the previous months. We were able to work closely with her surgeon and get her rehabilitation program started shortly after her TPLO surgery. Her program consisted of manual therapy, laser ,and underwater treadmill therapies.  She initially presented as non-weight bearing to just toe-touching on her left hind limb with loss of muscle mass and muscle tone present.

Within just 4 weeks, she progressed to just a subtle lameness and had gained muscle mass and strength of the left hind limb. She breezed through the next four weeks of therapeutic exercises and by eight weeks, was bearing weight normally in all limbs. It was wonderful to see Roxy’s rapid progression back to her old self and her case shows how beneficial a post-operative rehabilitation program can be for return to function. Her amazing family is so committed to her and continue to work on exercises at home to keep Roxy in tip-top shape!”  – Dr. Melissa Trupia

We love Roxy!  Roxy is full of energy and she loves to speak to us throughout her exercise sessions.  Her owners followed our recommendations and we worked to help Roxy return to her spunky self.  Roxy loved performing her exercises, but she always had to voice her opinion during her sessions.  The one thing I’ll never forgot about Roxy is how much she “spoke” to us throughout her sessions.  Roxy was such a fun patient and made great progress with rehab.”  –  PT, Valerie Williams

Roxy is a sweet and extraordinarily chatty girl who warmed up to us very quickly at IPC.  She worked hard with us and at home with her parents to make great strides in her rehab program!:- Tiffany, Roxy’s therapist

 

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Roxy has asked us to tell you about the adoptable dogs through Boxer Rebound, Inc.

Boxer Rebound is a volunteer run, 501c3 not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation & placement of the Boxer Breed of dog. Our mission is threefold: (1) to rescue & rehabilitate Boxers in need; (2) to place them in appropriate homes when feasible; and (3) to educate the general public with respect to quality pet care for all dogs.

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October 2017- Reese

4 months ago · · Comments Off on October 2017- Reese · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month

Reese

“Reese was born June 1, 2013 and was part of a six-puppy litter.   All his litter mates compete in, and totally love, the game of agility. Reese is no exception.

Earlier this year we noticed that Reese was not performing as well as he once had.  A friend suggested taking Reese to Integrative Pet Care.  We chose to bring him to the Homer Glen location.

After the initial analysis, it was determined that Reese had a complex shoulder issue/injury.  Doctor Amber Ihrke and Valerie the therapist at the Homer Glen location devised a four-week plan that would strengthen and develop the shoulder.  By the end of the four-week session, Reese had a lot more flexibility and mobility in that shoulder and was very comfortable putting more weight on the affected area.

He is now back to competing in agility and looks great. We are very happy with everything that was done for Reese by the Integrative Pet Care team.”

– Bill & Linda, Reese’s parents

“Reese came to us for continued soreness with his shoulder that was hindering his ability to participate in agility.  His examination revealed decreased weight bearing on his right front leg and discomfort with his supraspinatus and biceps tendon.  He was diagnosed with a right supraspinatus tendinopathy.  Reese was treated with therapeutic ultrasound and therapeutic exercises.  After four weeks, he had improved weight bearing on his right front leg and the client had not noticed any lameness.  Today, Reese is back doing the activity he loves…. agility!”

– Amber Ihrke DVM, CCRT, CVA, CVSMT, Resident-ACVSMR

“Reese worked very hard at IPC and did everything we asked as long as a treat was involved. His dad was very dedicated to him and his exercise program. Together they were an amazing team and fun to work with.”

– Tiffany Helphingstine, CCRA

“Reese is a very sweet and quite guy who was up for anything as long as his dad was around to cheer him on. He was active in agility but had to take break due to a front limb injury. Reese and his dad were both hard workers which made working with them a breeze! With ultrasound, therapeutic exercises, and manual therapy Reese was able to continue to compete in agility with improving function of the front limb.”

– Katie Fitzgerald PT, DPT, CCRP

“Reese was a great patient!  He was a working dog that performed agility and he came to us because pain and lameness in his right shoulder.  After performing therapeutic ultrasound to provide deep heat to his shoulder, I used manual therapy to decrease the trigger points and pain and improve his range of motion.  Reese made great progress with his manual therapy and therapeutic exercise sessions.  Through the commitment of his owner to his home exercise program and rehab at IPC, Reese could return to his agility trials without any problems or re occurrence of his symptoms.  Reese now sees me monthly for manual therapy sessions to maintain his mobility and range of motion so he can continue to complete in agility without limitations.”

-Valerie Williams, PT, DPT, ATRIC, CCRP

Make a Difference

This month, Reese has asked you to check out Central Illinois Sheltie Rescue! You can learn more about them on their website at http://www.illinoissheltierescue.com/

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September 2017- Hayde

5 months ago · · Comments Off on September 2017- Hayde · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , ,

Hayde

Hayde is an 11 year old Labrador whose high energy was initially directed toward hunting drills and trick training (she learned over 50 commands).  “At 2 years old, she had already become a phenomenal hunting dog; able to put her game face on and get right to business.  Even at 10 years old, she was still able to go full tilt for a week, jumping game in marshes, teaching her 2-year-old sister a thing or two about drive.  Many a times we had to drag the stubborn mule out of the canoe at the end of the day as she just didn’t want to stop.

While hunting is her passion (and, strangely, licking freshly caught fish), she soon became a running partner in the off season, helping train for over a dozen marathons.  During this, Hayde would reach a maximum distance of 19 miles only to come home and head straight to the back yard to play.” -Jeremy, Hayde’s owner

On April 27th, Hayde was out for a run with her sister when she was clipped by a car bumper.  Her pelvis was completed shattered, so she had surgery at VCA Aurora Animal Hospital.  Soon after surgery, Hayde met with Dr. Amber Irke and Valerie at Integrative Pet Care in Homer Glen where a multi-modal 12 week program was created.

 “When I first met Hayde her owners had to carry her in on a board because she could not walk or stand.  Our first focus was to control her pain, so her owners were instructed on how to correctly use a TENS unit every day at home. She also received manual therapy sessions to decrease her muscle spasms and increase her hip range of motion.

Within two and half weeks Hayde went from being carried on a board to walking with a little help.  She continued to make remarkable gains through the use of laser therapy and the underwater treadmill.  She now walks around by herself and has returned to regular, long walks with her owners.  I truly believe that without rehab Hayde would not have progressed so quickly and regained her ability to walk and play like she was able to before her accident.”  –  Valerie Williams 

IPC Homer Glen initially helped to get Hayde’s pain under control so we could begin rehab exercises.  Over the next few months IPC Homer Glen worked with Hayde and taught us the exercises needed to get her strength and flexibility back so she could eventually get back to standing, walking, and, finally, running.  Most importantly Hayde could be herself again. -Jeremy

“Hayde’s story is truly inspirational. Watching the improvements, she made every week is a testament to the canine spirit. She never let anything slow her down and I’m so happy she is able to go back to doing what she loves, running with her parents” says therapist Katie Neforos.

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Hayde has asked us to tell you about the adoptable dogs through The Dog District.

 

 

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August 2017- Ralph

6 months ago · · Comments Off on August 2017- Ralph · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , ,

Ralph

Integrative Pet Care was recommended when Ralph’s mom Peggy was searching for ways to improve his mobility.  Ralph met with Dr. Amber Ihrke and a rehabilitation program was created that included underwater treadmill, therapeutic exercise & acupuncture.

“Ralph came to us with T3-L3 myelopathy without much functional use of his rear limbs. Having only two strong limbs to get around with didn’t stop Ralph too much from speeding from one place to the next, but he would just drag the rear limbs behind him. Good thing for Ralph, he really likes treats and was agreeable to some challenging work if he got some treats along the way.” – Katie Fitzgerald, one of Ralph’s therapists

Through his therapy program, Ralph improved quite a bit.  He could stand on all four limbs and maintain the position to eat and drink, but his mom wanted to do more.  Ralph was fitted for a cart to give him independent mobility.  “Once Ralph was placed in his cart he began running around the rehab room.  He easily negotiated the thresholds and quickly learned how to back up when his wheel hit a doorway or wall.  I could not believe how fast Ralph adapted to his cart and how much happier he appeared with his new-found freedom in his cart.  Ralph’s smiled seemed a bit brighter (tongue hanging out and all) after receiving his cart.  We could not be happier for Ralph”  -Valerie Williams

 

“From the first moment in his cart, Ralph was walking up/down the halls, walking in the grass and enjoying his new-found freedom.” -Dr. Ihrke

 

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Ralph has asked us to tell you about All Breed Rescue and Adoption, Inc.

Our mission is twofold: to save as many dogs and cats from living their final days in shelters and pounds as we can, and to educate the public so that one day our rescue won’t be necessary.

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July 2017- Walter

7 months ago · · Comments Off on July 2017- Walter · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , ,

Walter


Soon after moving to the suburbs 3 years ago, fun loving Walter hurt himself playing in his new backyard. Even after many vet visits and several medications, he still seemed to be in pain and wouldn’t use his left front leg.  Walter eventually had surgery, but it still didn’t relieve his pain completely.  Integrative Pet Care was recommended and he met with his team who put him to work immediately.  PT Valerie Williams explained that Walter’s program required a multimodal approach in order to decrease his pain and improve his mobility.  “Walter is a very sweet boy and a joy to work with, even when he didn’t want to participate” says therapist Katie Dunbar!

“Walter came to Integrative Pet Care in Homer Glen with a severe limp on his left front limb. He had significant muscle loss and was painful with range of motion to that limb. At first, Walter was not very receptive to manual therapy over his left shoulder and forelimb. Through the use of therapeutic ultrasound over the shoulder and tendons, Walter allowed me to work on his shoulder and gained greater range of motion with less pain. Underwater treadmill was added to his therapy and Walter began to place more weight on his left forelimb. Walter received platelet rich plasma (PRP) in his left shoulder joint and a significant improvement was noted in Walter’s ability to walk on that limb. Walter was also placed in hobbles which limited the movement of his left front leg and his prevented him from overusing his leg at home. Slowly, Walter was allowed more mobility without his hobbles until he returned to walking and running without them.” -Valerie Williams

“With months of therapy Walter is now able to walk on the left front leg and play with the kids in the yard. Walter’s hard work and his family’s dedication to his therapy has made all the difference.” – Dr. Amber Ihrke

 

“The staff at IPC Homer Glen are wonderful, everyone we worked with was so kind and loving with Walter. Within weeks of therapy, he was putting his leg down.  It took months of work and patience, but Walter will now walk on his leg and even run on it; he’s a different dog and is acting like a puppy again!” –Walter’s parents Chris & Brianna

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Walter has asked us to tell you about JR’s Pups-N-Stuff.

JRs Pups-N-Stuff began with one goal in mind – to save animals from life threatening situations.  We do not discriminate. We do not rescue dogs specifically because of their breed or age. We rescue animals that need us to save their lives. 

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June 2017 Nikita

8 months ago · · Comments Off on June 2017 Nikita · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , ,

Nikita

Nikita is a 13 year old pug who was referred to Integrative Pet Care Homer Glen when her primary care veterinarian at Colonial Manor Animal Hospital diagnosed her with osteoarthritis (OA) at the lumbosacral area, & possibly in the elbows.  She couldn’t go for long walks, had problems with stairs and losing balance with her back legs.  “As Nikita got older, she began to have back pain and abnormal movement in her hind legs. We started Nikita on Adequan and referred her to IPC for additional treatment. Their services have helped increase her comfort and quality of life as she ages. They not only focus on her back issues but all health concerns.” says Dr. Debbie Anello. 

“Nikita has been my  patient for the last 18 months and always makes me smile!  We initially had her in a plan that included hydrotherapy, therapeutic exercises and acupuncture.  She responded very well and now has a home exercise program and comes to see me for acupuncture every 3-4 weeks.  Nikita is a great example of how a little TLC for a senior patient can allow for improved mobility and improved quality of life.”  – Dr. Amber Ihrke

Nikita was such a sweet old lady when she came to us but she was having trouble keeping up with the new puppy in her home.  By the end of therapy, Nikita was walking circles on the trampoline and maneuvering obstacle courses set up by Katie.  She can now play (and get away) from the new puppy.  Nikita is a type of patient who shows that age doesn’t matter. If you start getting an older dog moving, they regain their lively and spunky personality they had once before”, explains her therapist Valerie Williams.

Katie Dunbar, Nikita’s therapist, knew she had made progress after hearing that she could not only play with her new puppy, but get away from her as well!

 “What a difference this made!  The IPC ladies were all so nice and patient with Nikita and  did a great job. Now Nikita can go for short walks.  She can use the stairs a bit better and chase the bunnies slowly.  Most importantly she can now defend herself against her little sister!  I appreciate everything IPC has done for my old girl.”  -Elizabeth, Nikita’s mom

 

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Nikita has asked us to tell you about 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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April 2017 Rocko

10 months ago · · Comments Off on April 2017 Rocko · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , ,

Rocko

Rocko #2 POTM

Rocko is 12-year-old Weimaraner who participates in upland game hunting across the country.  He has achieved the title of Master Hunter, which is the highest rank in hunt test events.  Outside of his hunting adventures, Rocko was also a therapy dog who visited nursing homes, hospitals and libraries.  Rocko’s mom Mary, who is a veterinary technician, noticed that he had a difficult time keeping his hind end up while standing and was reluctant to run.  Being the self-proclaimed overly attentive owner, she consulted with the veterinarian she worked with who suggested rehabilitation therapy. Rocko POTM

Rocko met with Dr. Amber Ihrke who prescribed a rehabilitation program which Rocko and his mom diligently followed.  “Rocko is an active sporting dog who was showing progressive signs of rear limb weakness.  The x-rays of his lumbar spine and pelvis were unremarkable, so his source of weakness was unknown.  We started Rocko on a plan of manual therapy, hydrotherapy, therapeutic exercises and chiropractic adjustments and each week Rocko’s mobility, endurance and flexibility improved”, explains Dr. Amber Ihrke.

Rocko's graduation pic 3-17“Through rehab and the dedication of his owners with his home exercise program, Rocko returned to hunting without any problems or pain in his back.  Rocko continues to see us at IPC through a maintenance program.  Our goal is to keep an eye on him in order to decrease the likelihood of his back causing him problems in the future.” -Valerie Willaims, one of Rocko’s therapists.

“Rocko has graduated to a maintenance program and is doing well.  He is running in the field much better and is playing with the other Weimaraners in the house.  Our goal is to continue with therapy and home exercises so he can go on his fall hunt trip to South Dakota; I couldn’t be happier.” – Mary, Rocko’s mom

“Rocko knows that age is only a number; all he wanted to do was get back in the field and run.  After completing his initial rehabilitation program, he is doing exactly that!  He is a great example of what rehabilitation can give back to older guys. He may not be able to keep up with his baby brother, but he can run and play and do whatever he wants pain free”, gushes his biggest fan & therapist, Katie.

Make a difference!

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

Our mission is to rescue and adopt out as many dogs and cats as safely possible, regardlogoless of their age, health (we still rescue if there are health issues) or breed. In an effort to help control the increasing pet population it is our policy that each animal we adopt out is spayed or neutered.

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