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March 2019- Pearl

6 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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March 2019- Weezy

6 months ago · · Comments Off on March 2019- Weezy · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , ,

Weezy

Weezy is an almost 12 year old Pomeranian who originally reigns from Florida, but has lived in Chicago for 6 years.  He’s had pretty severe luxating patellas for at least 5-6 years, so he grew accustomed to walking quite straight legged all the time. His mom Lindsay did extensive research, which she tends to do when it comes to anything Weezy related, into rehabilitation clinics and IPC just stuck out to her. “I love the variety of programs I saw offered, and they had great reviews!”

He met with Dr. Michelle Mason and rehabilitation therapist Renee who created a specific treatment plan to address his issues related to  his luxating patellas.  His program included therapeutic exercise, massage, laser, and underwater treadmill.

“Before we came to IPC, Weezy had been walking much slower on his walks, and started slipping often on the kitchen tile.   We just completed his second 8 week program and Weezy is moving faster on his walks, slipping on the tile about 80% less, and actually sitting without kicking his legs out to the side. He has also improved on all of his at home exercises and starting to slowly shift more weight to his hind legs. We know this will be a long, slow, ongoing process but to see just slight improvement makes us ecstatic!” -Lindsay

Erin, Renee and Lindsey have all be so wonderful and Weezy wouldn’t be where he is today without them!

“Weezy has lived in 3 states, been on over 50 flights, and loves traveling with his mom and dad. In his spare time, you’ll likely find him napping, begging for belly rubs or asking us to throw his razzy ball. His favorite treats are freshly made popcorn, zucchini, and strawberries – but he recently was introduced to peanut butter which he can’t get enough of while doing his at home IPC exercises!”

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.   Weezy has asked us to tell you about Bialy’s Wellness Foundation.

“Bialy’s Wellness Foundation helps families and rescue organizations care for pets with special needs, particularly those with mobility issues from paralysis, amputation, neurological or birth defects, and other diagnosed ailments.”

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February 2019- Negley

7 months ago · · Comments Off on February 2019- Negley · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , ,

Negley

Negley is truly a one of a kind dog who graces us with his presence every Tuesday when he bursts  through the front door to greet our patient services coordinators with snorty kisses.  On the walk back to our pet lounge, he makes a pit stop into the office to run laps and get even more love.

Negley’s story starts when he was unfortunately born with a congenital malformation of his left elbow.  He was luckily adopted by his parents at 6 months old (can you imagine how cute and tiny he was).  He was evaluated by 2 different surgeons who determined that his condition would worsen over time which could ultimately lead to the inability to use his leg.

Possible corrective surgery was an option, but his parents decided that it would be too disruptive with an uncertain benefit.  They looked into other options and found Integrative Pet Care.  Negley quickly became a favorite among staff and usually swims with an audience.   When he’s not swimming, he can usually be found hanging out with our therapy aid Caitlin: “to say that Negley brings constant joy and smiles to the entire IPC staff would be the understatement of the century.  This little guy is the hardest working and most handsome swimmer who we’re beyond lucky to see every week.  He is the perfect mix of feisty fun and calm sweetness that we can all only hope to achieve in our own lives.”

“We were fortunate to find IPC where he has been going now for 4 years which includes a regimen focused on pool sessions to keep the strength up in his elbow.  Thus far he continues to be his normal crazy self which includes mad dashes around the house when the mood strikes.” -Negley’s dad

A typical day involves hanging out with his human 14 month old brother and waiting for him to drop food on the ground or on occasion give it to Negley. In the summer he likes sunbathing on the deck and in the winter he enjoys laying on the heating vent. In walks around the neighborhood he always likes to remind the other dogs who’s boss!

“Physically, therapy has kept up his strength in his left front arm.  Emotionally, the attention of the IPC staff continues to fuel his massive ego.”

Make a difference!

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

Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue is a 501c3, Non-Profit Organization. We are funded entirely by donations and run by the hearts of our Volunteers who are dedicated to rescuing Boston Terriers from shelters and individuals and finding them permanent homes. We have no shelter, our rescued Bostons are fostered in our homes until they find their new loving, responsible, lifelong homes.

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February 2019- Hannah

7 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

8 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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January 2019- Rufio

8 months ago · · Comments Off on January 2019- Rufio · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , ,

Rufio

Rufio is a stunningly handsome older gentleman who has been coming to Integrative Pet Care for the past 6 months.  His sister Skippy was a patient years ago, so his mom Susan knew where to go when Rufio started slowing down.  He met with Dr. Zenoni and Erin who created a treatment program which included acupuncture, underwater treadmill, exercise, massage, and laser.

Rufio learned to love his therapies and slowly built enough endurance to complete two active therapies in one visit, which can be difficult for any dog, let alone a senior! Now he eagerly greets his therapists Renee and Erin and bounds down the hallway, ready to work.

“I love working with Rufio, he is such a kind and gentle soul who will do anything you ask of him.  I look forward to our weekly sessions as Susan is such a wonderful owner who goes above and beyond for his care!” -Renee

“A typical day for Rufio is at least 4 walks with his sister Skippy and my son’s puppy Blue.  Rufio likes to be the leader of every walk, and when he’s feeling spry, he likes to trot the whole way.  He is always trying to drag us an extra block or two, especially in cold weather.  His favorite walk of the day is when we walk to the train station to meet my husband and son.  We have a big fenced in yard which he patrols.  When I’m away from the house, he keeps the vigil at the front door.

He is clearly in a lot less pain than he was in.  He is back to doing the things that make me cringe–roughhousing with bigger, younger dogs and chasing skunks in the dark– and the things that he loves–rolling in the snow, delivering the newspaper, and play bowing to his dog friends and family.  Every so often, he insists upon the 3 mile walk that we used to do on a daily basis, and Skippy reluctantly comes along.  Also, IPC gives him mental stimulation, and he loves to flirt with his therapists Erin and Renee and his vets, Dr. Zenoni and Dr. Ridley   I know he enjoys IPC, because thanks to our visits here, he is no longer afraid to go in the car.  At 14 1/2 years old, he definitely has his good days and bad days, but his good days are pretty amazing thanks largely to IPC.

Rufio’s family has also opened their home to over 141 foster dogs, the majority of whom are orphaned puppies.  “Every one of them has loved gentle sweet Uncle Rufio.  He calms even the most timid and least socialized puppies and he somehow lets them know they are safe.  They have played with him, climbed on him, snuggled with him, and followed him.  He becomes their port in the storm.  He has the patience of Job, and he makes our task of fostering so much easier.  Rufio himself is a rescue, and it makes us so happy to see the impact he has on his little friends.” -Susan  

Make a difference!

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

Its mission is to reduce the number of homeless pets euthanized in the Midwest each year through an adoption program, community education, promotion of spaying and neutering, and a veterinary medicine program. It continues to save pets from rural animal control facilities where they are at a high risk of euthanasia, and instead offer them a second chance at a loving home in the Chicagoland area. 

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December 2018- Hope

9 months ago · · Comments Off on December 2018- Hope · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , ,

Hope

In July 2018, Hope was hit by a car and suffered severe trauma to her hind limbs.  Her owners were unable to provide for her care so she was relinquished to Wish Upon A Rescue.  Her foster mom Stephanie was a previous IPC client, so she knew who to turn when Hope entered their rescue.  Hope met with Dr. Amber Ihrke who determined that surgery would be the best course of action.  Hope’s surgeries included an amputation of her distal right rear limb as well as a femoral head osteotomy (FHO) of the left rear limb.  “Our whole plan with Hope was to set her up for success and that included amputation of her right rear limb with the intent to fit her with a prosthetic”, says her primary care vet Dr. Dave Ihrke.

After surgery, a cast was made by Valerie to create a custom prosthetic from OrthoPets.  “It was amazing to see how quickly Hope adapted to her prosthetic device.  She demonstrated great weight bearing on her right leg and easily transitioned herself from stand to sit to sternal to stand with her device.  After just a few short weeks, Hope walked around like she had all four ‘normal’ legs.” -Valerie

Hope flourished with her therapies and progress could be noted at each session.  Her personality also started to change: “Hope received acupuncture for its neuromodulatory effects that addressed both nerve-based and orthopedic pain. Although she may have been a bit timid during her first session, this was very short-lived.  After starting additional therapy modalities, her determined personality had come out by her second session!” -Dr. Melissa Trupia

Hope’s life completely changed once she was taken in by Wish Upon A Rescue and bought to IPC, but it didn’t stop there.  Hope was adopted shortly after by her therapist Tiffany!

“She’d been through so much, yet was always in good spirits, friendly, and happy to see me at her appointments.  I was also really impressed at the overall speed of her recovery considering the trauma she endured, as every time her foster mom brought her in, she reported some level of progress.  I also admired that although she was very cooperative and sweet through all of her IPC treatments, she wasn’t shy about letting me know if she didn’t like something I was doing.  She spent the night with us once after a fundraiser which led us to ultimately adopt her.  I still bring her in weekly to IPC for underwater treadmill and laser treatments and will soon begin some home exercises with her.  She is the ‘perfect dog’ in every way and I feel blessed she is a part of my family.”

 

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Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Hope has asked us to tell you about the organization who changed her life, Wish Upon A Rescue.

Wish Upon a Rescue is a non-profit Illinois based animal rescue focused on saving the lives of homeless animals while providing the community with extensive education, outreach, and support. We believe in going above and beyond the status quo of rescue and are committed to providing innovative care and support for our animals physical and emotional health. We believe that all animals deserve a second chance at life regardless of breed, age, or physical ability.

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December 2018- Ernie

9 months ago · · Comments Off on December 2018- Ernie · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , ,

Ernie

Ernie first had a Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) surgery to correct his left torn cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) in January 2017.  Unfortunately, he needed to have the plate removed the following November.  One month later, his mom Dr. Katie Simpson scheduled an evaluation at Integrative Pet Care.  Dr. Simpson is the Internal Medicine veterinarian on staff at Premier Veterinary Group, so she knew what an important part rehabilitation would play in his recovery

 

Ernie met with Dr. Megan Ridley who devised a custom program that included pain management modalities such as laser, massage and acupuncture as well as strengthening therapies like underwater treadmill and exercise.  At the time it was suspected that Ernie had a right CCL tear, which would also be monitored.

Ernie did great with all of his therapies and formed a special bond with his therapist Lindsey.  “I’m pretty sure Ernie thinks he just comes to IPC to snuggle with his girlfriends.  He has the best attitude and is always willing to do what you ask of him, but if you give him half a chance he’ll  be curled up in your lap without a second thought!”

Last August he developed joint fluid around his knee, which has since decreased.  Most recently Ernie went back to surgery for a TPLO on his right knee.  He came back to IPC immediately after and his recovery has gone smoothly.  He started off with massage, laser, and acupuncture.  Underwater treadmill was just added back in and he’s doing great in it!  Despite Ernie’s multiple surgeries and long road to recovery, he has remained the sweet, goofy guy that he has always been.

Ernie’s typical day involves sleeping in, belly rubs, naps and more naps, and his favorite activity is playing in the snow!

“I chose IPC because of their great reputation and the friendly atmosphere.” -Dr. Simpson

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Ernie has asked us to tell you about Bialy’s Wellness Foundation.

“Bialy’s Wellness Foundation helps families and rescue organizations care for pets with special needs, particularly those with mobility issues from paralysis, amputation, neurological or birth defects, and other diagnosed ailments.”

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November 2018- Stockton

10 months ago · · Comments Off on November 2018- Stockton · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Stockton

Stockton is a 10 year old happy go lucky Boxer who began therapy at Integrative Pet Care in February after being diagnosed with Degenerative Myleopathy (DM).  DM is a progressive disease of the spinal cord that begins with a loss of coordination (ataxia) in the hind limbs which will eventually progress to additional areas of the body.  While there isn’t a cure for DM, physical rehabilitation can be helpful in maintaining mobility.

His parents Sebastian and Shannon had heard of Integrative Pet Care’s amazing staff and services through numerous people, so it was a no brainer to make an appointment. Stockton met with Dr. Deanne Zenoni who created a treatment plan which consisted of exercise, massage, laser therapy, massage, and acupuncture.   It was then that he met his main therapist Lindsey and they created an instant bond.

“Stockton learned pretty early on how to manipulate me into feeding him near-constant treats, but I learned how to use his determination to my advantage. I feel like we make a pretty good pair!  He’s a really hard worker when he’s here and the support he gets from his parents at home has really helped keep him as strong as possible”

Stockton’s therapy doesn’t end at IPC.  His parents were taught exercises and massage to do at home, as well how to perform electrical stimulation (neuromuscular e-stim), which  can be helpful in strengthening muscles and preventing atrophy.

“To say that Stockton loves the staff would be a huge understatement! He literally whines and cries for attention while waiting to start his appointment and we can barely get him to leave once he’s done!” -Sebastian

A typical day includes lots of snoozing, watching his TV programs, and performing his neighborhood watch duties, preferable at the Park. He also uses his striking good looks to constantly trick his Mom and Dad into giving him treats!  His parents also feel that IPC has kept Stockton active mentally and physically through a wide array of treatments that he excitedly looks forward to each day.

 

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Stockton would like to give a shout out to One Tail At A Time.

One Tail at a Time (“OTAT”) is a no-kill, 501(c)3 all-breed dog rescue committed to lowering euthanasia rates in the greater Chicagoland area. OTAT achieves this through the rescue and adoption of dogs in need, comprehensive support of adopters, and community outreach including humane education programs and assistance for disadvantaged and low-income families.

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November 2018- Libby

10 months ago · · Comments Off on November 2018- Libby · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , ,

Libby

“Since we had lost our 2 Dogs within a year of each other, it took us a while to be ready for another. We never bought a puppy from a pet store before, but while shopping for something else, my husband wandered over to the pet area. There was Libby, scrawny as could be with a sad face. We went home, but I knew she was meant for us so I went back and got her the next day.  She was very sickly, malnourished and had numerous health problems but that didn’t matter since she was now family.  After some time, she flourished and her sad eyes disappeared. I don’t think she really knows she’s a dog because we treat her like our only child. She’s loyal, energetic and like any Labrador, she lives to fetch and swim!” -Linda, Libby’s mom

When Libby started crying and limping after playing and fetching toys in the lake, Linda spoke to family members who had experience with integrated veterinary medicine. Therapy was advised for Libby and after searching online, Linda found Integrative Pet Care which had great reviews from other pet owners.

“Libby’s exam showed she was painful mostly in her left hip, she has muscle atrophy and weakness in both her rear legs and she had decreased range of motion and flexibility in the left hip. We started her on a treatment plan with the goals of pain control, improving strength and flexibility in her hips and normalizing her walk so she would not limp.  Over the course of her eight week program, Libby received therapeutic laser, underwater treadmill, massage, and therapeutic exercises.” -Dr. Amber Ihrke

Libby LOVED her therapies and would come in with endless energy and enthusiasm.  “She is a great deal of fun to work with and her happiness is contagious.  It’s impossible to work with her and not smile” says her therapist Tiffany!  By the end of her eight week treatment plan, Libby had increased her hip extension range of motion, improved her gait and increased the amount of weight she placed on her left rear limb from 13% to 18%.  Her owner reported Libby’s mobility had improved at home.  It seemed Libby had a new sparkle in her eyes and skip her in step after she finished rehab at IPC.

“We love the staff at IPC! I am so grateful for their true concern and passion for making Libby better. Dr Amber says it’s as if Libby read the book on what it looks like to achieve therapy results and did it!!” -Linda

Make a difference!

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

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. Please consider making a donation so that we can continue to provide assistance to animals in need.

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