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December 2016 Riot

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Riot’s owner Mike got Riot when she was 8 weeks old and she has been by his side ever since.  She entered the show dog circuit, where she loved the attention, travel and competition.  Riot had a very successful show career and eventually became one of the first AKC female mastiff grand champions!  Riot is now happily retired from showing, but still enjoys getting attention from everyone she meets!

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December 2016 Pugsley

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Pugsley

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Pugsley is a super handsome senior fellow who has a zest for life.  Based on his smiling face you would never guess he had a rough start to life.  He was unfortunately hit by a car prior to being surrendered to the Northern Illinois Pug Rescue & Adoption (NIPRA) in August of 2013. When he was placed in his forever home, his new family noticed his many problems and tended to them right away. Pugsley wobbled a lot, could not walk for more than a few feet without collapsing in the rear, could not potty without falling, and did not enjoy taking morning walks.  Fortunately his neurologist, Dr. Belinda Comito at Veterinary Specialty Center recommended starting rehabilitation, and the rest is history!

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December 2016 Mimi

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Mimi

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Mimi came to IPC by way of Bialy’s Wellness Foundation a little over a year ago.  Her owners brought her to the vet because she was having an extremely difficult time walking and seemed to be in constant pain.  They did not have the finances to cover all that Mimi needed, so the vet contacted BWF to see if they could sponsor Mimi’s medical care.  BWF stepped up immediately to cover diagnostics and intensive rehab.  Sadly Mimi’s owner passed away and her family was having a hard time caring for her.  One of their neighbors, Danielle had fallen in love with Mimi and decided to help the family out by bringing her to appointments.  After seeing how much medical attention Mimi needed, Danielle offered to adopt her and they made it official in July!

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November 2016 Chiko

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“Chiko is 11 years old. He did agility training before his injuries. He loves to do odd jobs, like bring me my shoes and slippers when I ask for them. He likes to get his bowl when it is time for dinner. Most people say he is a very happy dog, I agree. He is super sweet and loves having his ears and butt scratched. He eats just about everything. One of his favorite treats is carrots. He likes cucumbers and broccoli stems. He loves bread and can smell it from a distance.

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November 2016 Hennessey

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“Hennessey came to Four Paws Animal Foundation at 10 weeks of age from Chicago Animal Care & Control where he was listed as a stray; unable to urinate on his own, impacted bowel and possible paralysis of his back legs. After a complete and thorough exam by our own veterinary clinic, where x-rays were also taken, it was determined that 2 vertebrae (one of which was fractured) were pinching his spine and blocking signals to his brain. We decided the best course of action would be for him to have an evaluation and course of treatment by Integrative Pet Care of Hanover Park once we felt he was strong enough. We are so happy that he has responded to Acupuncture, Laser and Exercise treatments and has improved greatly as evidenced by him being able to stand on his own even for a short time.  Withhennessey-6 another course of treatment and continuing exercises at home we hope he will eventually be able to walk on his own but for now we are so encouraged by his progress.  Thank you to the wonderful staff and IPC Hanover Park!”

-Arleen, Four Paws Animal Foundation

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November 2016 Ryno

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Ryno

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Ryno was adopted in 2005 from Chicago Animal Care and Control when he was 18 months old.  He lived a relatively normal life until he was injured in a grooming accident in 2010.  After two unsuccessful surgeries to repair his left rear leg, he developed a massive infection and a large ulcer and it was determined that they leg had to be amputated.  After two weeks, Ryno slowly adjusted to life as a tripod. He was able to figure out how to squat, run and walk up a flight of stairs without assistance. His resilience enabled him to persevere and never look back.

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October 2016 Sadie

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Sadie is a miniature short, smoothed-haired Dachshund Rescue age 9 yrs 7 mos. She came into our lives early 2008, just prior to her turning 1 yr old. A co-worker (her previous owner) was in need at the time to find Sadie a new home. We were blessed when Sadie became part of our family.
Sadie, the Angel that she is, with a fantastic, energetic, friendly personality has a temperament that is active, playful, and devoted.
In October 2007, at the age of 7 mos., her previous owner brought Sadie to be seen by a DVM for concern of her wide stance in her rear limbs. Hip dysplasia was ruled out. Imaging had been performed. No significant abnormalities sadie-potm-3-10-4were seen.

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October 2016 Monty

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When Paul received Monty as a surprise gift 13 years ago, it quickly turned his life upside down.  Monty was a lucky pup who was able to go to work with his dad every day until he out grew his office.   It was there that Monty learned he could easily turn on the charm to get whatever he wanted (something he still excels at today)!  At age 10 Monty developed arthritis in his elbows following surgery, so Paul decided to pursue rehab to alleviate pain and increase mobility in his silly lab.   We met them in 2013, and in the words of Dr. Zenoni, “Monty was a crazy, happy, bull in a china shop kind of dog”!  Monty did great with his therapy, so they decided to take a break.

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“I truly believe that it helped him recover faster and stronger than I possibly could have done for him on my own” -Paul, Monty’s dad

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September 2016 Bayou

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“Bayou will be 8 years old in September. He is a Puggle = pug + beagle. Bayou has three reasons to wake up every
morning:

to eat
keep an eye on what happens in front of our house
and to nap.

Everyone is a potential threat to us whether they be a little girl with glittery fairy wings or a kid with a clip board trying to sell windows, Bayou makes sure to let all know that he is on the job.

The eating and napping part of his day make it difficult for him to keep a svelte figure. We are constantly battling his appetite, much like his owner! We came to IPC (and Colonial Manor Animal Hospital) because Bayou hurt his back.

I was excited to see that IPC was in the very town I live in, because I was reading people were driving some pretty decent distances to use this facility.

I took Bayou into the vet to have his pain assessed. At his first visit Bayou yelped in agony as I carried him into the office. He definitely let his presence be known! The vet tweaked the pain medications and started Adequan injections. Unfortunately, Bayou’s pain was so severe I couldn’t get him to eat, so I could not get him to take any pills. This dog turned down bacon wrapped in cheese! No pain pills meant we had another horrible night. By horrible I mean neither of us slept, he panted heavily all night long, and at one point sat up and pooped out blood. The pain meds just ravaged his intestinal tract. I took him back to CM, in the back of my mind thinking I might have to put my boy down.Bayou - Recovery

If it was possible, he was worse at our second visit to CM than our first the day before. This time the vet suggested I leave him with them for a few hours so they could put him on something intravenously. He ended up spending Friday through Monday in the animal hospital. I spoke with the vets several times each day and they were very encouraged by the progress Bayou was making. It just so happened that Bayou’s IPC appointment was Monday morning. Because the two businesses are in the same building, the vet from IPC was able to see Bayou without having to move him.

By Monday Bayou’s pain was gone but so was almost all muscle mass. He was like a little sack of potatoes. I found out during our first visit with Dr. Amber that a technician called her after our first visit to Colonial Manor to tell her about Bayou. Dr. Amber was on vacation, I believe in Virginia, when she received the call! Monday was Dr. Amber’s first day back in the office and she knew all about Bayou.

At that first visit Bayou was assessed by Dr. Amber and Valerie and they came up with a four week plan for his initial rehabilitation. He mostly received muscle massage and acupuncture. Dr. Amber also prescribed a strong pain medication for Bayou to take at home – his pain was managed and he was finally comfortable. He received physical therapy twice weekly and was in Colonial Manor for Adequan injections twice weekly over a four week period.

EVERYONE knew who Bayou was! It was four weeks before Bayou was able to walk into the IPC office on his own. Bayou is a perfect example of how medicine and physical therapy work together to make miracles. People who saw him at his worse and see him now call him the miracle puppy. We all wish we had video of  him at his first visit to show the comparison to where he is now. Bayou has lost a few pounds, is pain free, and I have to say is filled with more spit and vinegar than before all of this happened. After another four weeks of muscle strengthening Bayou has completed his physical therapy. I’m just so happy to have my boy back.”Bayou - Squirrel Up a Tree

-Bayou’s mom, Debbie

 

“Bayou came to us with such severe pain suspected from intervertebral disc disease that he could hardly move. We immediately started him on a course of treatment that included acupuncture, manual therapy and therapeutic exercises along with medication to address his pain. With each visit, Bayou was moving and feeling better. By the end of his 8-week treatment plan, Bayou was no longer taking any medication for pain, had lost 2 ½ pounds and was running, jumping and back to his old self. He is a great example of a successful integrative approach to pain relief and intervertebral disc disease.”

– Amber Ihrke DVM, CCRT, CVA, CVSMT

“I remember first meeting Bayou and he was not moving because he was in so much pain. His owner had to carry him to and from therapy. Initially, I used manual techniques to release the trigger points and muscle spasms along his back and shoulder muscles. Slowly, I watched Bayou become less painful and start to move around more each session. I will never forget the day I walked in to greet Bayou for his session and he walked up greeting me with his tail wagging. I was shocked and did not recognize Bayou. I could not believe how quickly his pain levels were managed with pain meds, manual techniques and acupuncture. He then continued with his underwater treadmill and
exercise sessions and by the end of his therapy, Bayou was running around without showing any signs of pain.”

-Valerie Williams, PT, DPT, ATRIC, CCRP
“When I first saw Bayou in his initial, he was so miserable. He was in severe pain that his owner could not control. I did not see him again until 4 weeks later when he started exercises and did not even realize it was the same dog! He came running into the gym happy and excited to work. It was an amazing turn around. By the end of his sessions I had a hard time keeping up with him.”

– Katie Dunbar, CVT, CCRA

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If you would like to make a donation to the Caspian Foundation in Bayou’s name, here is more information.

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September 2016 Ewan

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“Ewan came into our lives as a foster dog when he was about two years old. He had a history of running loose and his owners eventually turned him over to a central Illinois animal control facility. His easy going, non-confrontational personality allowed him to fit right into our pack. His antics make me smile – pointing butterflies, hunting toads and humping the dog bed every time I run the vacuum. He is always ready to go, always ready to play, but never passes up an opportunity to snuggle under the covers. A kind-hearted soul with a little bit of an endearing daredevil side. He won me over. There was no way I could part with him. We adopted him, making him a permanent member of the family.Ewan #2

In May 2016, Ewan began to limp on his right hind leg. I noticed a considerable swelling between his pads. At first I thought perhaps he had a foreign body in his foot, but radiographs showed that it was a mass. A biopsy determined it to be a very aggressive spindle cell sarcoma. Cancer. Unfortunately, removing only the mass was not an option,
as it was in the center of his foot. It was ugly, angry, and painful. I had no choice but to consider amputation.

The usual and recommended procedure is to amputate the entire leg. In Ewan’s case, I felt this was extreme. The problem was with his foot. The rest of his leg was perfectly fine. Knowing that prosthetics are available for dogs, I consulted with Dr. Rosemary LoGiudice and Dr. Arlene Rodriguez at Integrative Pet Care Hanover Park (IPCHP) to see if that would be an option for Ewan. They both gave a rousing endorsement for pursuing a limb-sparing amputation (removing only the foot) and getting fit for a prosthesis. Having use of four legs will help reduce future strain on his back, hips, and knees as he ages. Dr. Lisa Starr, also with Integrative Pet Care Hanover Park, became my liaison between Orthopets, the manufacturer of animal assistive devices, and our surgeon Dr. Abel at VCA Aurora. It was important that the surgery be performed in such a way that would give the prosthesis  Ewan #3a successful fit. Dr. Starr and Dr. Abel were very dedicated to Ewan’s case and did an incredible job collaborating prior to and during the surgery.

Three weeks after the surgery, Ewan met with Dr. Starr and Katie at IPCHP for measurements, photographs, video, and a casting of Ewan’s leg. All of this information was sent to Orthopets. Two weeks later, our custom prosthetic device arrived. We met with Dr. Starr again to assure we had a good fit. Ewan took to it right away! He was putting it down and wanting to take a few steps on it within minutes. Days later, he was back to going for walks. Ewan gets regular massages to keep him flexible and comfortable. He also does a variety of exercises that assist in teaching him how to properly use his new leg.

I’ve been thrilled with my decision to preserve Ewan’s leg. The prosthesis has given Ewan the freedom to enjoy life as he always has. I don’t know if I would have had the courage to make this decision if it weren’t for crew at Integrative Pet Care Hanover Park. I am very grateful for their constant support and encouragement throughout this process.”

– Allison Brudney

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“Ewan and Allison are an inspiring team to work with! Ewan has adjusted to walking in his prosthetic very quickly, despite some initial medical setbacks. Allison has been extremely diligent with his home Ewanexercises, helping him to learn how to use the prosthetic and improve his gait with it. She keeps a close eye on his skin to ensure that no sores are developing from wearing his device. Through both of their hard work, Ewan’s mobility and quality of life have benefited. Having more normal biomechanics walking with the prosthetic, instead of walking on three legs, lessens stress to the rest of Ewan’s body and in turn is helping to keep him more active and comfortable for the long term. They are great example of the results that can be achieved with having a motivated dog and a dedicated and involved owner! We are so honored to have the opportunity to provide Ewan with his prosthetic and to be a part of their team! Keep up the good work guys!”

– Lisa Starr, DVM, CVA, CCRA, CVSMT

 

Ewan on the porchEwan has a great spirt and drive and has been easy going through this entire process. He has been a joy to work with and I am thrilled with his progress.”

– Arlene Rodriguez DVM, CCRT

 

“He is such a strong willed pup and not letting health problems keep him from trotting around. He looks great in his new prosthetic! And is getting around wonderfully. I’m so glad he is doing well with his new magic shoe and is not letting anything hold him back. Love working with him. ”

– Katie Sulzmann CVMRT, ATC

 

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Each month we ask the POTM to choose an organization that they would like promoted during their month. Ewan has chosen the Bialy’s Wellness Foundation. BWF helps provide necessary supplies and medical care for pets with chronic mobility related conditions. Check out their website for more info on what they are about and how you can help! www.bialyswellnessfoundation.org

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