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April 2017 Rocko

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Rocko

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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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April 2017 Symon

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Symon

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Symon was diagnosed with Intervertebral Disc Disease(IVDD) almost 4 years ago, so when his back pain started getting worse his mom wanted to do something more.  “He still had his spirit and spunk, so I wanted to keep him strong and comfortable”, remembers Kristen.  At the recommendation of Symon’s primary care veterinarian, Dr. Georgesen of Blum Animal Hospital, Kristen made an appointment with IPC.  Symon met with Dr. Deanne Zenoni and Emma Widmark who created a treatment program that consisted twice weekly visits that focused on pain management and strengthening therapies.
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Symon was suspicious of therapy at first, but soon learned that it meant lots of treats!  His therapists taught his mom massage techniques and exercises she could do at home, which is something they still do to this day.  After his initial 8 weeks of therapy, Dr. Zenoni thought he felt so good that he could go down to once weekly visits.  Symon is now on a maintenance plan that consists of weekly underwater treadmill sessions and monthly acupuncture and therapeutic exercise & laser therapies.

 

 

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“Symon is a super senior!  I’m continually amazed by his abilities and efforts during his therapy sessions given his diagnosis.  If I worked as hard as Sy does for a few lousy cheerios, I’d be in much better shape!” -Laura Krill

 

 

 

 

“As Sy is turning 14 this month, we are so incredibly grateful to have the support from our friends at IPC! I truly believe that Sy has the strength because of our therapy routine.” -Kristen, Symon’s mom

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“Symon has done so well since starting therapy.  He loves coming to see all of us, though he isn’t convinced the needles are necessary!  He puts on a brave face and settles his head on his om’s lap while his acupuncture makes his back feel better.” -Dr. Zenoni

 

 

 

 

 

Kristen has had him since he was two months old and says he is the ultimate best buddy! “He is incredibly in tune with humans and his surroundings. I never have to worry about him wondering away because he always keeps tabs on me. He loves to be loved AND food treats!!  He has managed to break into groceries and packaged food many times over the years…”

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

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CRISP is a new initiative that will pool the resources of eight local rescues to work in concert with Chicago Animal Care and Control to provide assistance and support for pet owners in need, divert owner surrendered animals to accredited rescues, and ultimately reduce the number of dogs surrendered at Chicago Animal Care and Control.

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March 2017 Ella

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Ella

Water Therapy 1 (Jenisch, Stephanie - Ella 3-17“Ella was originally found on the side of the road by a good Samaritan as a 3 pound, 5-week-old puppy and brought to DuPage County Animal Control.  They quickly realized that she was deaf, as she would sleep through all the commotion of animal control in her kennel, not noticing when people walked up and talked to her. I happened to be in the building on the day she arrived and just fell in love with her little face.  Patrick and I agreed to foster her for the rescue I was with at the time, thinking it would not take her long to be adopted, and we picked her up on a Friday.  By Saturday’s adoption event, she had already decided we were meant to be her parents and she would cry and search for us if anyone else tried to hold her. We adopted her on Monday, joining her big sister Sophia.  Ella was an incredibly smart puppy, quickly picking up sign language.

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Two days after she graduated from puppy 1 positive reinforcement basic obedience training, at 3.5 months old, she was attacked by a neighbor dog. Ella had her paws up on a chain link fence while the neighbors were petting her. The dog charged at Ella pulling her front left leg up and through the fence, where he viciously shook her around resulting in a broken radius and ulna, 28 puncture wounds, a ripped off paw pad, 6 broken teeth, and the equivalent of shaken baby syndrome. Ella was immediately rushed to first her primary vet and then transferred to the emergency vet where the orthopedic surgeon could repair her leg with a plate and screws.  With 3 months of casts being changed every 3-4 days, 24/7 care provided by family and friends and 2 additional surgeries Ella recovered. Unfortunately, the growth plate in her ulna closed prematurely while the radius continued to grow causing a deformity in her leg where the foot points outward.

Jenisch - Ella and Soph 2 3-2017As she grew, the out-turned foot became more and more pronounced. She was doing very well until she was about 18 months old, when we started noticing less use of her bad leg and signs of pain. Around the same time, she began coughing up/vomiting almost every day after or during busy play, and collapsing onto the floor – appearing similar to heat stroke.  We made an appointment with Dr. Harres at All Pets Hospital to address her leg and the vomiting concerns.  When no apparent cause was found for the vomiting, he took an x-ray of her leg, which showed a lot of arthritis in her elbow and wrist, the start of fusion in her joints and between the bones, and a hole where one of her bones never healed.  He then made the connection that perhaps she was vomiting and collapsing due to pain in the leg and sent us Integrative Pet Care Homer Glen to evaluate options for Ella.” -Stephanie, Ella’s mom  Jenisch, Stephaine - Ella Water therapy 2. 3-17

“Ella came to us at 18 months old after a severe injury to her left front leg.  She exhibited lameness and pain that leg when she was playing and disliked anyone touching her leg. With a treatment plan of hydrotherapy, manual therapy and therapeutic exercises, Ella has improved weight bearing on her right front leg, has no issues with playing and will now allow petting of her leg.  Ella is a great example of pain modulation through rehabilitation.” -Amber Ihrke, DVM, CCRT, CVA, CVSMT

“Integrative Pet Care has been wonderful for our family, by providing resources, information, and high-quality care. It is comforting to see how much the therapists enjoy working with Ella.” -Stephanie

Ella portrait Jenisch, Stephiane. 3-17“Ella is an amazing case of how rehab can help to break the pain cycle in a dog.  During the initial evaluation, we had a difficult time trying to exam her because she was protective of her limb. We slowly gained her trust through manual therapy and instructed her owner how to perform massage techniques at home.  Ella also began walking in the underwater treadmill which allowed her to weight bear more on her limb with decreased pain compared to land.  Over the past several weeks, Ella has allowed us to now touch her elbow and front limb without any reaction.  Her owners report how she now reaches with the injured limb and they have shown us video of her jumping on and off the couches landing on her left front limb.  Ella does not demonstrate any lameness during her gait and besides her mobility improving, she no longer guards or protects her left front leg like we saw during her initial evaluation.  Ella can also do “high five” with her injured limb.  We just love seeing Ella during her therapy sessions and I’m so happy about how much she has regained through rehab.” -Valerie Williams, PT, DPT, ATRIC, CCRP

“When Ella first came to us, she was very uncomfortable with her left front leg and did not want it to be touched.  As she continued through her program and began to feel better you could see her come out of her shell.  It was great to see how much happier she was.  At the start, Ella would run and hide from us and by her last session she was jumping into my arms and giving me kisses.”  -Katie Dunbar CVT, CCRA

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Ella has asked us to tell you about a brand new rescue that her mom started, Wish Upon A Rescue which is currently  working to raise$5000 to begin saving cats and dogs in need. (website coming soon!)

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March 2017 Abbey

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We first met Abbey in July 2016 when she originally came in for hind limb lameness.  Her limp quickly worsened, so her parents found themselves not only seeing her primary care veterinarian, but a neurologist and IPC as well.  After evaluating Abbey, Dr. Ridley sent her back to the neurologist where a hemilaminectomy (spinal IMG_2976surgery) was performed.  Unfortunately she developed pneumonia which made her road to recovery much harder.

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February 2017 Ch Khalin

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In early November of 2016 Ch Khalin suffered from hind limb paresis or a ‘mini stroke’, which caused him to lose function in his rear legs.  He was referred to Integrative Pet Care Hanover Park by his primary care veterinarian at Gateway Veterinary Clinic.  Ch Khalin met with Dr. Rosemary LoGiudice who prescribed a rehabilitation program that consisted of: veterinary acupuncture & chiropractic treatments, therapeutic exercise, massage and laser therapy.  His owner Vallie attributes his improvement to the collaborative efforts of his veterinarians and staff.

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February 2017 Bruse

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Bruse

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“Bruse was originally adopted from a family member who found he was too busy for a puppy.  Unbeknownst to my husband and me, Olde English Bulldogs are a very high maintenance breed that are prone to many medical problems. Bruse showed some sensitivity periodically in his back and knees. After visiting 3 separate veterinarians, I was referred to Integrative Pet care of Homer Glen for rehabilitation.

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February 2017 Maverick

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Maverick is the quintessential story of a country dog living in a big city as he moved from rural Virginia to Chicago 6 years ago.  He spent his days wandering around and all was well until he was found lying in a ditch with with exposed bone beneath his left knee.  No one knew exactly what happened, but he was taken to the vet where an amputation was performed.  As if that weren’t enough he was later attacked by other dogs which damaged his rear end.  Back he went to the vet to get patched up, but after pulling out his stitches a few times his owner had enough and wanted to euthanize him.  Maverick’s future aunt worked at the animal hospital and persuaded his owner to relinquish him.  She called her sister in law Laura, who was visiting soon, to se
e if she was interested in getting a dog.  All it took was Maverick resting his head on Laura’s foot for her to know he was their dog.

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January 2017 Madison

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Madison was adopted outside of Madison WI, hence her name, in September of 2011 when she was about 12 -15 weeks old.  To the best of their knowledge, Madison is a border collie/husky mix.  She immediately starting training, but her mom noticed that she was acting like an ‘old lady’ at about 9 months of age.  She was suddenly having issues with stairs and ‘puppy push ups’ (meaning going from a sit to a down and back to a sit). Her trainer at the time also noticed it and recommended a trip to the vet where their ‘adventure into hip dysplasia’ began.

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January 2017 Ares

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Ares was born in the Czech Republic on January 12, 2006 and was selected to come to the United States to be a police dog later that year.  Ares and his handler John were partnered up in early 2007 and to went through a six week training program at the Cook County Sheriff’s Training Facility.  Ares’ little brother Jake was adopted a year later and the two quickly became best friends!

After many years of hard work and service to the police department, Ares was having some occasional difficulties.  After visits to the vet and an MRI, it was determined that Ares has four herniated discs in his back and neck.  He was given some medication and was told to “take it easy”.  Ares, however, was not ready to take it easy, nor was he ready to retire from the police department.

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January 2017 Crockett

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Crockett

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On therapy days, Crockett can usually be found leading his owner Michael down the halls in search of anyone who will give him a treat.

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We met Crockett in 2008 when he came at the recommendation of agility instructor Stacey Hawk, who knew the importance of conditioning for the canine athlete.  Crockett started off coming once weekly for either underwater treadmill or resistance pool sessions.  He also had consistent chiropractic treatments to keep him aligned during his various activities.

Pain management therapies like laser and acupuncture were added as Crockett started to age.  He was maintaining very well until he suffered a series of vestibular episodes in 2015.  Vestibular disease often causes dogs to have a head tilt and easily lose their balance.  While it was hard to see this former athlete have trouble walking, Michael never gave up and more intensive rehab program was designed.  Crockett started coming more regularly for therapeutic exercise, laser and acupuncture/chiropractic sessions.

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