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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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 were seen.
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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.
“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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“Bayou will be 8 years old in September. He is a Puggle = pug + beagle. Bayou has three reasons to wake up every
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.
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’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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“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.
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 a 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
“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 exercises, 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 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
Make a difference!
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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When Truffle runs through our door, it’s always accompanied by her silly howl/bark and a waiting room full of smiling faces. For the past 2 years, Truffle has not only made us laugh at her antics, but has also impressed us with her intense work out routines.
Almost 4 years ago Truffle had emergency back surgery after severely rupturing a disc. While she recovered remarkably well and was even she was able to stand and walk around on her own, she was still unsteady on stairs. Truffle was previously a very active dog who participated in agility, so it was important that they get her back into shape. Her mom Amy wanted to do everything possible for Truffle, so she explored rehabilitation therapy. After going to another facility for several months and seeing little progress, Amy decided to try IPC at a friend’s suggestion. It was a match made in heaven once she met Tiffany and Dr. Zenoni!
Truffle was originally prescribed an 8 week program that included weekly underwater treadmill & therapeutic exercise sessions and monthly chiropractic treatments. Truffle excelled at her therapies and was soon stable enough to go on a maintenance program. Truffle now comes every couple weeks to hit the gym with Tiffany to work on her core strength and endurance. She sees Dr. Zenoni every 2 months for a chiropractic adjustment to keep her moving well! Whenever Amy asks her if she wants to go “workout”, Truffle runs right over and heads to the car; she even knows the route to IPC so well that she barks and cries for the last 2 miles until they walk in the door!
“Truffle is very advanced in the gym, so I have to come up with new exercises to challenge her mentally and physically. I love seeing Truffle on my schedule- she and her mom are such a pleasure to work with!” -Tiffany, Truffle’s main therapist.
Amy describes a typical day in the life of Truffle:
“She wakes up when her Dad is done getting ready at about 5:30 AM. She does her business in the park across the street and then eats a her raw beef breakfast. She then comes back to bed to sleep more with me until about 7:30 AM. She wakes me up to take her downstairs for a snack and then watches the activity in the park until I’m ready to go to work. She then goes outside again and I head off to work. Her Dad gets home around 3:30 PM and she goes outside. I usually get home around 5:30 and she greats me with lots of barking and tries to get me upstairs to give her one of her preferred treats. She gets raw beef dinner at 6:00 PM every day with her extra supplements to help her joints and to fight off cancer. After she gets a salmon skin or cod skin dessert. She helps us cook dinner by hoping there’ll be some tomatoes or kale stems added to her bowl, or she harvests cherry tomatoes right off the plant on the balcony if any are ripe. After dinner she gets a mile or two walk if it’s not too hot or cold, or she plays tug of war and races around for about half an hour. Then she watches us do laundry or other chores for a while. If I haven’t gone to the couch as early as she’d like, she grunts at me and looks downstairs. Then we plop on the couch with her in between my legs for the rest of the night and watch some TV. This is the case for most weekdays, except for Wednesdays when I get to work from home with Truffle as my assistant. She especially likes to participate in conference calls.”
“IPC has helped Truffle get back to her healthy and crazy self; we don’t have to worry about her hurting herself around the house or playing at the park!” -Amy, Truffle’s mom
Make a Difference!
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign.” Truffle asked us to tell you about The Live Like Roo Foundation.
Live Like Roo, a 501C3 organization, provides support and financial assistance to families whose pet faces a cancer diagnosis. Our mission is that together, you and your pet will #LiveLikeRoo.
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Wednesday & Lola
Lola first came into Ashley’s life in 2000, when she spotted her ‘on sale’ at a local pet shop since she was not up to breeding or show dog standards. All that mattered to Ashley is that she was so stinking cute! Lola led the only child life until 2010 when Wednesday entered the picture. Ashley had just started looking for another dog when she came across Wednesday’s picture online and knew she had to have her. What made this adoption so special? Wednesday was diagnosed with cancer and her prognosis was unsure. None of that phased Ashley; she just wanted her to live the rest of her days comfortably in a home. Well 3 surgeries and 2 rounds of chemo later and we are happy to report that Wednesday has been cancer free for 4 years!
Wednesday first came to IPC 5 years ago when her mom Ashley sought alternative treatment for back pain she had been experiencing. Wednesday was started on a weekly program that included underwater treadmill, therapeutic exercise, laser therapy, acupuncture & chiropractic sessions. Wednesday soon became stable enough to graduate to a maintenance plan! She still comes every other week for exercise & underwater treadmill and sees Dr. Zenoni every 2 months for an acupuncture & chiropractic session.
“IPC has helped Wednesday stay pain free and able to be her crazy happy go lucky self. She has had 1 flare up of her back. I got her right into you all and she was on her way back to normal after just 1 visit.” –Ashley, Wednesday & Lola’s mom
Lola always came for emotional support to Wednesday sessions, but as she got older and after seeing how Wednesday improved with rehabilitative therapy, Ashley brought Lola in for an evaluation with Dr. Zenoni. Lola melts during her massage/laser sessions and gobbles up peanut butter during her acupuncture & chiropractic treatments.
“I love seeing Wednesday & Lola in the clinic. Their can-do spirit is inspiring.” -Doris
Lola can often be found wandering around the exercise room, scrounging for treats while Wednesday works out! She can also be heard in the hydro room barking for treats while Wednesday walks in the treadmill. We love Lola’s antics and diva personality!
Lola slowly started losing her eyesight, and is now blind at 16 years old. Her blindness has brought many new challenges to the table, but that doesn’t stop this trio. They still go to the beach and take walks, but Ashley just has to keep a close eye on Lola so she doesn’t run into or fall off anything. Lola has also developed anxiety, but medication and being by Wednesday’s side has helped. Wednesday still takes care of Lola by licking her face, but has recently started challenging Lola for the queen position in the house- something that Lola is not ready to give up yet!
“Lola & Wednesday may have been through a lot, but Ashley’s diligence has really helped their quality of life” -Dr. Deanne Zenoni
Make a Difference!
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign.” Wednesday & Lola have asked us to tell you about Guardian Angel Basset Rescue.
“The basics of Guardian Angel Basset Rescue are simple – GABR rescues Basset Hounds from Illinois, Eastern Missouri and Indiana that find themselves in bad situations. We are a 501c3 charitable organization.”
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“Hi: I would like to introduce myself… My name is Chevy and I am a Golden Retriever, but more important than that I am also a service dog. My boy’s name is Nate and he has had a rough start in life. Nate has Down Syndrome, had a tracheostomy and battled leukemia. My job is to help him over the rough spots like blood draws, kiss away his tears and track him if he wanders away from our Mom and Dad. I was born at 4 Paws for Ability in Xenia, Ohio and that’s where I learned to become a service dog. After my boy came to get me, we became great friends. I even learned how to jump off a dock and swim. My boy learned how to throw a toy for me and the next thing you know it we had people cheering and clapping for us at competitions.
As you know sometimes, Golden’s get hip dysplasia and unfortunately, I was one of them. Approximately a year and a half ago, I had an injury; because of that injury my hip dysplasia was also discovered. My Mom and Dad took me to IPC and met Dr. Rosemary.
With chiropractic, acupuncture, laser treatments, massage, exercise and underwater treadmill I am back to running, playing and going to school with my boy.
I continue to see Dr. Rosemary to make sure I can continue my very important job as a service dog for my boy.
I love going to see Dr. Rosemary, Anna and Allison in addition to all the pretty girls at the front desk that give me a ton of attention. My Mom tells me all the time how lucky I am to be able to go and see Dr. Rosemary. I think so too!!” – Chevy
“Like many dogs and “their boys”, Chevy and Nate are buddies! A few years ago, Chevy became lame in his hind legs, and could no longer participate in many of the activities they did together, such as dock diving. This, in and of itself, was sad, but it goes beyond fun and games because Chevy is Nate’s service dog. Chevy could not participate fully in his job to help Nate in daily activities. I was tickled to meet Chevy, Nate, and Nate’s folks and provide a therapy plan that I believed would help Chevy. I remember telling Nate’s mom that it would not be a “quick fix”, but I was confident that if they would stick to the plan, that Chevy could return to full function. Within a few months, Chevy was “back on duty”, side by side with Nate for all daily activities, including accompanying Nate to school and returning to their dock-diving activities of “Nate the Great and Chevy the Wonder Dog”! Chevy’s “people” are great about keeping him healthy, lean and fit and working with him at home, feeding him all the right things, and making sure Chevy receives periodic therapeutic massages, acupuncture, and veterinary spinal manipulative therapy
(“veterinary chiropractic”) at Integrative Pet Care Hanover Park.
Chevy, after all, is not just a companion, and family member, he’s a working companion and integral to “his boy’s” well-being!”
-Rosemary J. LoGiudice, DVM, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (DACVSMR), CCRT, CVA, CVSMT, Fellow of the CoAC
“Chevy is a true joy! He is a genuinely sweet, kind soul. When it is time for massage, he calmly lies down and puts his head on my lap. He enjoys every minute! Tania is a wonderful advocate for his well-being. Having hip dysplasia, routine massages help keep Chevy comfortable, flexible, and moving freely. I feel honored to work with such a special dog.”
– Alison Brudney, CPDT
“It has beem a pleasure working with Chevy and his family. Chevy came to us in December of 2014 for left hind limb lameness. During Chevy’s initial exam we learned that he is a service dog for the Kothera’s son Nate. Our goal for Chevy’s therapy was to decrease his pain stemming from hip dysplasia and increase his rear limb muscle tone so that he can continue being a service dog for Nate. Chevy adjusted well to the underwater treadmill and was a pro at learning new exercises! Keep up the great work Tania, Ken, Nate and Chevy!”
– Anna Alberth, CVT, CCRA
Make a Difference
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an organization that is close to their heart to promote. This month Chevy has chosen 4 Paws for Ability!
Mission and Goals – 4 Paws For Ability
- Enrich the lives of children with disabilities by the training and placement of quality, task trained service dogs to provide increased independence for the children and assistance to their families.
- Enrich the lives of veterans from recent conflicts who have lost the use of their limbs or their hearing while in active combat.
- Educate the public to accept the use of service dogs in public places.
- Assist with animal rescue when possible.
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“Well we are Miller’s 3rd home and his FOREVER home! One of my wife’s friends had to get rid of him and he instantly became family. When this friend brought him to the condo we were living in at the time the first thing he did was pee on our blinds. We knew he loved us. He was 3 at the time and hadn’t really had any training so there were some challenges, but he’s a great dog and very lovable. He will swim for hours and loves being outside. If he’s not getting what he perceives as enough attention he will let us know by barking his displeasure. We couldn’t love him more and we know he feels the same. In terms of his injury, by the time we were pointed to you guys I really thought it was going to be a bad ending. He could really only get up to eat and use the bathroom. He was spending 90% of the day laying in our smallest bathroom in the house. Needless to say it was a very, very sad sight. His eyes were sad and he was in pain. It was very tough. Theresa is better at staying positive than me, but I thought if he even got back to 50% we’d be lucky. Some days I didn’t even think he’d get there.
After our first visit, which was really an assessment, I felt better and had much more hope.
It was very nice to hear some positives after hearing things like he needed surgery ASAP, ‘”He’s 7 so he’s only got a couple good years left regardless,” etc. After his first session in the 4 week program he was better. It was essentially all manual massage to help with spasms (after we were told by others he wasn’t having any spasms) and to get knots out. I know it was painful for him but we saw results almost immediately. When we used the Assisi loop on him he actually relaxed enough to lay down and fall asleep somewhere besides the little bathroom. Every time after he just got better and better. I was sure he’d get back to at least 80%.
After a few weeks of manual massage, water tread (where he claimed the yellow rubber ducky as his own) and stretching we were able to get him out for walks again. It took some time for him to get his strength back, but I am VERY happy to say that he is 100% back to his old, crazy self.
The one thing we haven’t let him do yet is swim, but we are headed to the U.P. of Michigan this weekend where he will have a week of sandy beaches and water to swim his little heart out. We can’t wait to get him there, he loves it and will swim all day if we let him. I am confident that he won’t have any setbacks, but if he does it is beyond comforting to know we have a place to take him where the ENTIRE staff truly cares.
Our entire family sincerely thanks you all for giving us our Miller back! Miller thanks you too!!!!!
Thank you all so, so much!!!”
“Miller came to us in severe pain with a suspected disc injury to his neck. With a combination of medication, rehabilitation and integrative therapies, we were able to turn Miller around. He is now a happy, healthy dog able to run, jump and play to his heart’s content. We are so proud of his recovery.”
– Amber Ihrke, DVM, CCR, CVA, CVSMT
“I remember when Miller walked into his initial evaluation. He could not reach down to the floor to get a treat, he yelped turning his head and he did not want to move as he appeared to be afraid of the pain. After Miller’s pain was addressed by Dr. Amber and I; I performed several sessions of manual therapy, Miller initiated exercising in the underwater treadmill with Katie. We watched him gain more confidence with his ability to move his head without the fear of pain. It seemed each time Miller came into see us his owners were telling us new activities he could now do at home, such as barking and getting up on the couch. Towards the end of his underwater treadmill sessions, Miller surprised us when he shook the water off himself without any signs of pain.
Miller’s spunk and zest for life finally returned to him at the end of his treatment plan. It was an amazing transformation that Miller underwent, from a dog so much in pain he could not move, to one that moved so easily and freely you would never have known he was the same dog.
I enjoyed finally meeting the REAL Miller!”
– Valerie Williams, PT, DPT, ATRIC, CCRP
“At Miller’s first appointment he was in so much pain I couldn’t even touch him. He is so sweet and wanted to be loved, but was in too much pain. He could barely walk and couldn’t lift his head at all. But, after starting him on different pain medication he was like a new dog. His pain had lessened enough that we could really work on him.
Each session he would be more and more interested in his surroundings and what we were doing with him. Since then he is a crazy man when he comes in! I have a hard time getting him to sit still now!
We can finally see the real Miller and it’s been a wonderful journey to see such an amazing transformation.”
– Katie Neforos, CVT, CCRA
Make a difference!
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an organization that is close to their heart to promote. This month Miller has asked that we tell you about the The Caspian Foundation.
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“Eleven years ago I was practicing in Oswego, Illinois and was well known for my affection for bulldogs. One day a lady from small local shelter showed up with a white bulldog puppy in her arms. Having heard of my affinity for bulldogs she asked if I was interested in adopting Molly. Molly was purchased from a pet shop by someone who discovered his significant other was allergic to dogs. Unable to return Molly to the pet store he surrendered her to the shelter.
Of course I agreed to adopt her immediately and then realized I needed to check with my significant other. We currently had an English bulldog, Rosie, and thought they might be good company for each other. Over the course of her time with us Molly has survived two English bulldogs, Rosie and Matilda. The loss of Matilda in October was devastating for us and Molly. She was already overweight and despondent over the loss of her companion. Molly is quite a character and as a puppy liked to collect twigs from our yard and deposit them by the back door. She also liked to follow me when I mowed the lawn and if I was wearing gym shorts she liked to sneak up behind me and tug at them. She has grown into a faithful and loving dog and vigilant watch dog. She loves everyone and hasn’t an aggressive bone in her body.
We became concerned after losing Matilda because Molly’s weight brought complications such as allergies, urinary infections and arthritis.
Her veterinarian Dr. Jeff Palmer from the Burr Ridge Veterinary Clinic referred us to Integrative Pet Care for her weight and to help with the arthritis and endurance. Her turnaround has been nothing short of miraculous.
Under the direction of Dr. Ihrke and her therapists Valerie Williams and Katie Neforos, Molly has lost 18 pounds thus far, has regained her mobility and now in the Fit Club is working on her endurance. The investment in her care with IPC has certainly paid dividends and we couldn’t be more pleased. She looks forward to her weekly visit with Katie and the time on the treadmill or agility course designed for her. Almost 12 years of age, we hope she will be with us for a long time.”
– Dr. Bob and Carol Baron
“Molly came to us from Burr Ridge Animal Hospital hoping that we could get some weight off of her.
At her first visit in February, she could hardly walk more than a few feet without resting and could only stand for a few minutes at a time.
We immediately made some diet changes and started her on an exercise program. Now, in June, she has lost 18 pounds and is running, playing and is more energetic. She has been a great patient and her owners have been fantastic partners in her weight loss.”
– Dr. Amber Ihrke, DVM, CCRT, CVA, CVSMT
“Molly is the sweetest Bulldog you’ll ever meet. She loves everyone she meets and has a bucket full of slobbery kisses to give to all. She has the best parents who are incredibly dedicated to her well-being and simply adore her out of great love. When Dr. Baron presented Molly to me this winter, she had been gaining more and more weight. She had reached a point where she could walk but a few feet without stopping to rest. She was losing her muscle strength while getting heavier and heavier. Previous diets helped for a short time, but nothing lasted. Her calories were restricted. Bloodwork looked normal. We needed to get her moving to build up her muscles and create a bigger engine to raise her metabolism and burn more calories. Yet, she could move but a few feet without tiring out.
She wasn’t going to lose the weight with conventional methods. She needed assistance. Integrative Pet Care of Homer Glen was her savior. With a regular program of assistive training on the underwater treadmill and further guidance on dietary management, she slowly started to melt the weight off. More importantly, she started to build muscle strength to do more and more exercises at home.
Today, her sweetness shines even more as she feels so much better. She’s going for walks around the neighborhood and seeing the bigger world again that she could only watch from the porch before. Big thanks to Mom and Dad for their hard work in helping Molly lose the weight. Also, big thanks to Integrative Pet Care for their guidance and help. They gave us back our Molly, slobbery kisses and all!”
– Dr. Jeff Palmer, DVM, Burr Ridge Veterinary Clinic
“When I first started working with Molly, she could only walk for 30 seconds at a time. Since then she is up to 5 minutes and has lost 18 pounds. She has so much energy now and seems to really enjoy our sessions now. She is a joy to work with and I look forward to seeing her every week.”
– Katie Neforos, CVT, CCRA
“I remember when Molly came for her initial evaluation. She had to take several breaks to walk from the waiting area
to the exam room (about 15-20 feet). She had trouble standing for more than a few minutes during our examination
and she was significantly overweight. Molly, her parents and the IPC rehab team worked diligently to get Molly back in shape. After just four weeks of therapy, Molly was able to walk from the waiting room to the underwater treadmill
(over 100 feet) without stopping to rest. She was standing to eat and completed her exercises on land without showing signs of fatigue.
At Molly’s re-check exam, I could not believe she was the same dog that I saw at her initial evaluation. She was spunky, full of energy and wanted to keep exercising during her sessions.
Molly is a great example of what a difference it makes when a dog loses weight and how having extra weight on your dog can affect their ability to live a full and happy life.”
– Valerie Williams, PT, DPT, ATRIC, CCRT
Make a Difference!
Each month we ask our POTM to choose a NFP organization to promote during their reign. This month, Molly has chosen the Chicago English Bulldog Rescue,
Chicago English Bulldog Rescue (CEBR for short) and our volunteers have been helping pure-bred bullies and their families for almost 10 years now. We are a licensed Illinois shelter and a 501c3 charitable organization. The care we provide our English Bully rescues exceeds any you will find from a breed rescue…heck, any rescue! This love includes a high quality diet, the best veterinary care around from a bulldog specialist, and behavioral evaluations of the highest quality.
Please check out their website
for more info on how you can help CEBR!
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