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April 2016 Hobbes

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“Hobbes joined our family when he was approximately 4 months old and just melted the whole family’s hearts. He is originally from Chicago Animal Care and Control. Hobbes had a rough start as a puppy, being very scared of such a big world. He was not the most social butterfly to others, but he is towards his family. Hobbes enjoys going swimming in a nearby Lake Bode and going for long walks.
At 8 years old Hobbes was diagnosed with a cruciate tear in his right rear leg. He had a surgery called Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy, also known as TPLO in October of 2015 by Dr. Bernard Paré at the Hanover Park Animal Care Center. After recovering from the surgery we began therapies at Integrative Pet Care of Hanover Park. Hobbes initially was seen by Dr. LoGiudice and we started therapies coming one to two times a week, but now he is currently on a maintenance program of Underwater Treadmill weekly, Laser Therapy every other IMAG0224week and periodic Chiropractic adjustments.
Starting off, Hobbes was very nervous and seemed unsure of his surroundings, but after going one to two times a week for therapies he became much more comfortable with everyone.

I believe he now looks forward to his Saturday therapies with Anna and any other days with Katie, Dr. LoGiudice, Dr. Starr and Dr. Rodriguez. I truly appreciate everyone’s patience with him before he became so comfortable and with helping get him back on his feet and on the road to recovery. ”

Thanks again!!
– Shannon Patton

“It has been such a pleasure working with Shannon and Hobbes. His mobility, weight bearing, and muscle mass have been steadily improving with physical rehabilitation since his TPLO surgery. As an additional bonus, it has been such a joy watching his confidence grow and seeing how happy he is coming to visit us for his sessions. “IMAG0575
– Lisa Starr DVM, CCRP, CVA, CVSMT

 

“Hobbes is a great example of a “lucky dog”. Lucky to have been rescued to and from Chicago Animal Care & Control and adopted by his “mom” Shannon. Her patience and love gave them that wonderful “human-animal bond”. Hobbes obviously trusts Shannon and is a dream patient. He is a great example of how important an integrated rehabilitation program can be to ensure the best outcome of a successful orthopedic surgery. Thank you, Shannon, for entrusting Hobbes’ post-op rehabilitation to us at IPC Hanover Park!”
– Rosemary J. LoGiudice DVM, DACVSMR, CCRT, CVA, CVSMT

 

“Hobbes began his Rehab journey in November. In the beginning he was very shy around new people. His confidence slowly grew over time with the help of his mom Shannon by his side and a little bit of Peanut butter! Hobbes is a wonderful boy to work with! He has made great progress over the past few months. Keep up the good work Shannon and Hobbes!”
– Anna Alberth CVT, CCRA

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“I Love working with him. Hobbes has been looking more and more confident each time he comes. He has been showing a lot of determination in his therapies to get back to his regular self and to get back to playing with his little sister. Keep it up Hobbes!”
– Katie Sulzmann CVMRT, ATC

 

“Hobbes has done so well with his rehabilitation program and has progressed so well after his CCL surgery”
– Dr. Arlene Rodriguez DVM, CCRT

Make a Difference!

Each month we ask our Patient of the Month to choose an organization that they’d like to promote during their “reign.” This month Hobbes has asked us to tell you about Second City Canine Rescue.

Second City Canine Rescue’s mission is to rescue homeless animals and responsibly place them into permanent, loving homes. We believe in rescuing responsibly.℠

Learn more about Second City Canine Rescue at their website, www.secondcitycaninerescue.org

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April 2016 Heinz

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Heinz was raised on a farm, he had High hopes of moving to the big city. His parent saw his constant desire to leave the farm and sent him to live with Midwest dachshund Rescue. Heinz met his future family at the Cross-Town-Bark-Around Doxie party in 2014. Two weeks later, he met his roommate Marley and they both moved to their furever home in Burbank, IL. Last Christmas, Heinz and Marley let a third member join their family, his name is Brutus.Heinz #1
After New Year’s Eve and too much partying…..Heinz was enjoying a run in the yard and all of a sudden his back gave out and he lost the use of his back legs. He had back surgery that night at Premier Veterinary Group. A week later, Heinz’ German stubborn prevailed and he
was determined to get up and play with the others. Integrative Pet Care of Homer Glen came highly recommended to further his recovery with physical therapy.
Heinz’ happy go lucky sweet nature immediately charmed Dr. Amber, Valerie, Katie and Tiffany. His favorite part of therapy was the “Porcupine Treatment.”

Thanks to IPCHG therapy, Heinz is well on his way to full recovery and back to securing his home from the dreaded squirrels and destroying the squeakies.

Thanks again,
-Pat Macke/Bill Koziolczyk

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“Heinz came to us after surgery to repair a herniated disc due to Intervertebral Disc Disease. Throughout his therapy, Heinz has been a great worker and a lovely patient. He has now recovered his ability Heinz #3 to walk and is looking forward to his summer playing with his family.”

– Dr. Amber Ihrke DVM, CCRT, CVA, CVMST

“Heinz is a gentle and loving little dog who is an absolute joy to work with. He has made some incredible strides during his rehabilitation at IPCHG. He has lost some weight and has shown a lot of improvement in the areas of mobility and core strength. He progressed quickly in the underwater treadmill and is doing much more advanced exercises during his therapeutic exercise sessions then he was able to do when he first started out with us. He’s a fantastic choice for patient of the month.”

– Tiffany Helphingstine, CCRA

 

Make a Difference

Each month we ask our patient of the month to choose a not for profit group to promote during their “reign.” This month Heinz has chosen Midwest Dachshund Rescue. If you can help them out, it would make Heinz’s day!MDR logo

Midwest Dachshund Rescue is a 501(c)3 all-volunteer organization that was founded in 2003. We primarily serve Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana, and other Midwest states as needed.

Learn more about MDR at www.mwdr.org

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April 2016 Journey

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It’s not every day that we have an elite athlete walk through our doors, but every Thursday Journey bursts into the hydro room and happily jumps into the underwater treadmill to work out. His mom, Stacey (founder of Hawk City K9) started coming to IPC years ago with her previous shepherds, so she knew the importance of proper conditioning.   Journey actively competes in agility, dock diving & nosework.

“With all of the physical endeavors and training I do with my dogs, and seeing so many people train and compete with dogs who are not in the best physical shape possible, I knew that as soon as Journey was old enough, I was going to start him on a regular wellness program at IPC!  Journey grew up at IPC! He’d hang out while my other dog, Kira, was coming in for her weekly rehab treatments (two torn cruciates).” -Stacey

 

“He’s been coming now weekly for years, and LOVES his underwater treadmill sessions, and ALL of the staff at IPC! They are, by far, simply the best!!” –Stacey

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Journey & his therapist Laura have a special bond- she’s tough on him and he loves every minute of it!  Journey runs (yes, runs) against resistance jets on an incline at 5.5 mph for 20 minutes during every session.   Journey plays hard, so he has to train hard!

 

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“Journey can do it all & is the epitome of a canine athlete! He rises to any challenge I give him & performs with gusto.  He makes me VERY proud… Journey Rocks!” -Laura, CCRA

 

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. Journey has asked us to tell you about an organization near and dear to his mom’s heart, Capture

“Safe Humane’s mission is to create safe and humane communities by inspiring positive relationships between people and animals. We are an alliance of non-traditional partners that recognize the connections between animal abuse and interpersonal violence and the benefits of the human-animal bond.  Our programs focus on education, advocacy and second chances.”

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March 2016 Lt. Dan

2 years ago · · Comments Off on March 2016 Lt. Dan · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , ,

Lt. Dan

12341139_493320394183258_7255523332618061991_nWhen Erin (founder of Bialy’s Wellness Foundation & IPC staff member) heard about a paralyzed 7 week old puppy who ended up in a Wisconsin shelter, she didn’t think twice about coming to his rescue.  With the support of Woofgang Rescue, Lt. Dan was transported to Chicago where he is currently being fostered.  Dan’s diagnosis is a bit unclear, but a traumatic birth may have contributed to his inability to walk and x-rays also revealed severe hip dysplasia.   No one knew if Dan’s function would improve, but his foster mom was willing to stick it out and try everything she could.

 

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Dan was immediately evaluated by Dr. Ridley and a treatment plan was put in place that included twice weekly therapeutic exercise, underwater treadmill and massage sessions.  He was also fitted for a cart from Walkin’ Wheels.   Dan started showing small improvement with every therapy session!  Dr. Ridley recently added in acupuncture to see if that could improve his incontinence.

 

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Dan has since ditched his cart and started walking on his own! While it’s not perfect, we are incredibly impressed with his progress.

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A normal day for Lt. Dan includes coming to IPC for therapies, massage at home with his foster mom and cuddles with his foster brother Josh.

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Lt. Dan has become an internet sensation he has over 11,000 followers and was even featured on Buzzfeed!   Follow him on Facebook for the latest updates on his progress

Make a difference!

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

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“Providing families and rescue organizations with special needs animals the equipment, medical care, rehabilitative therapy, training, resources and support necessary to optimize the quality of life of their wonderful animals. Our mission is only possible from the generosity of our supporters. Bialy’s Wellness Foundation’s goal is to provide assistance to our sponsored animals for life.”

 

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March 2016 Leo

2 years ago · · Comments Off on March 2016 Leo · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, ,

Leo

Leo #7Leo, the gentle giant, was referred by Dr. Maxine Francks to IPC Homer Glen with the diagnosis of Wobbler syndrome, a neurologic disease common in large breed dogs. Dr. Ihrke recommended adding Veterinary Acupuncture to his treatment plan.

“In 2011, when Leo was only a year old, an MRI at University of Wisconsin Madison confirmed our fears; Leo had wobblers – a narrowing of the vertebral canal which leads to paralysis. The prognosis was bleak with a life expectancy of 1 maybe 2 years if he was lucky. Surgery was an option but because of how advanced the disease was the UWM vets urged against it, it would be used more as a teaching tool than a solution. It was at that Leo #10point my husband Jerry & I committed to a holistic approach to insure Leo’s comfort for however long he had left. 

We started with the water treadmill and moved on to swimming therapy and then on to TENS and laser treatments. We were continuing to see a lack of progress and an increasing decline in Leo’s mobility and then a chance encounter between Leo’s vet, Dr. Maxine Francks & Dr. Amber at a triathlon brought us to IPC. Dr. Amber suggested acupuncture as a means to slow the pace of the Wobblers. After doing some research we made an appointment; that was 2 years ago and Leo is still with us. Our 220 lb. love bug celebrated his 5th birthday last September and is still enjoying life as a spoiled couch potato. For all that Dr. Amber and the staff at IPC has done for Leo we pledge our Leo #13devotion.”

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“At over 200 pounds, Leo is my biggest patient with a big heart to match. He is a gentle, loving soul and I have enjoyed working with him for the last several years.”

Dr. Amber Ihrke DVM, CCRT, CVA, CVSMT

Make a difference

Each month we ask our POTM to choose a NFP group for us to highlight. Leo has asked us to tell you about Great Lakes Mastiff Rescue. If you want to make a donation, it would make Leo’s day!

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Feb 2016 Bijou

2 years ago · · Comments Off on Feb 2016 Bijou · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation

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Bijou is a rescue.  We found her on-line at the Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) in Amelia, OH.   She is 2 1/2, and we got her when she was 10 weeks.  She is a Bichon/Shih Tzu.  She has the temperament of both the breeds, and absolutely is the most loving and sweet dog we have owned (we have had two other Bichon, a Karin Terrier, and a Black Lab, so we have had great dogs all along).  She really loves our grandchildren, especially Giovanna.

She is playful, and that is when, a year ago, I noticed her favoring the right rear leg. Ultimately she had surgery on it for a torn ACL, and the surgeon recommended follow-up therapy at Integrative Pet Care in Homer Glen. We couldn’t have been happier with that choice.Bijou on the Land Treadmill

The staff has been accommodating, professional, and clearly likes dogs.  Our therapist, Val, has become a friend, and during the more than six months of rehab, provided insight and her professional abilities. 

Bijou, while not back to her pre-surgery ways, is significantly better.  She only slightly favors her leg, and with time its strength will continue to improve.  Val has shown us how to exercise Bijou’s leg at home.  At the moment she is not scheduled to return to IPC for further therapy, unless of course, something changes. Thank you for picking Bijou as patient of the month.  I told her of this great honor, and she is very excited!

– J Denny & Karen SchillingsBijou in Underwater Treadmill

“Bijou came to us with a history right stifle injury, right stifle surgical stabilization and severe
arthritis. Two months after her procedure, she had a persistent lameness in the right rear leg, and started rehabilitation therapy with IPC. Over the course of several weeks, we were able to improve her mobility and decrease the lameness associated with her right rear leg so that she is now able to go for walks and is much more comfortable with her daily activities. Bijou was always in a good mood for her therapy and I always looked forward to seeing what bows would be in her ears at each visit.”

– Dr. Amber Ihrke DVM, CCRT, CVA, CVSMT

“Bijou is such a sweet little ball of fluff. She always greets me with a smile on her face and her tail
wagging away. Bijou came to us after having her right cranial cruciate ligament surgically repaired. She was doing well with rehab and then all of a sudden she started putting less weight on her right rear leg. Her sweet personality also suddenly changed where she was more hesitant to have her right rear limb touched. In her own way, Bijou was telling me that something was wrong with her knee. After consulting with her surgeon, he decided to remove the suture in her knee. After her surgeon removed the suture, Bijou returned to her sweet self who loved exercising with both underwater and land treadmills. She progressed well in rehab and graduated from a treatment plan. Then she returned to us for a maintenance plan because she started to limp again when the seasons changed to the colder Bijou at homeweather. Bijou is a great example of how important it was for me to not only listen to her owner about her behavior at home but also monitor how she was tolerating her therapy sessions with me. Even though she couldn’t verbally tell me something was wrong, her change in personality and her regression in therapy alerted me that something was causing her pain in her knee. Now, Bijou has returned to her active lifestyle at home including playing with the grandchildren. When you watch her walk today, you would never even know she had surgery on her knee.”

– Valerie Williams, PT, DPT, ATRIC, CCRP

Make a Difference

Bijou has asked us to highlight the Animal Rescue Fund, Inc. If you make a donation it would make Bijou’s day!

Animal Rescue Fund, Inc.
P.O. Box 464
Ameila, OH 45102

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Feb 2016 Lucy

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Lucy originally came to IPC a couple years ago to address some back and shoulder issues.  She started out with acupuncture and therapeutic laser to help with pain management as well as massage to stretch out her tight muscles.  She soon progressed to the underwater treadmill and exercise sessions.  Lucy seemed to be making excellent progress and was actually enjoying her therapy!

 

 

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Lucy seemed to be doing really well until a couple months ago when she suddenly went down and was unable to use her back legs.  Her mom Kathy remembers how scary that time was- “As far as everyone could tell, she ruptured (or partially ruptured) a disc in her back. After the initial panic wore off, we brought her to our friends at IPC who examined her very thoroughly and put our minds at ease by reminding us that this is what IPC does and that they believed they could help Lucy.  A tremendous weight was lifted from my shoulders since others seemed to be assuming the worst.”

 

Lucy’s mom diligently brings her twice weekly for multiple therapies and has opted to board her with us during the day due to her hectic work schedule.  Since Lucy has some crate anxiety we started keeping her in the office where she quickly decided she was the boss.!
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“It has been exciting to watch her progress, seeing her move from needing a doggy stroller to get around outside, to taking a few steps at a time, to insisting on walking instead of riding in her stroller.  She is a determined little dog, but I know she would not have made the same progress without IPC.”  Kathy, Lucy’s mom
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“Kathy is the type of pet parent who goes above and beyond for her dog- she is ready and willing to do anything I recommend.  Lucy is one lucky girl to have her!”  -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”. Lucy has asked us to tell you about The Puppy Mill Project.
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“The Puppy Mill Project is an educational and advocacy organization dedicated to fighting puppy mill cruelty. We believe that education is the key to change. We are one of the only organizations focused entirely on ending puppy mill cruelty, and our mission centers around our unique educational program and extensive community outreach. We also facilitate the rescue of puppy mill dogs and engage in legislative advocacy.”

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Jan 2016 Keewee

2 years ago · · Comments Off on Jan 2016 Keewee · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , ,

Keewee

In 2015, Keewee fell off a golf cart and was not weight bearing on the right rear leg. It was found that Keewee had Keeweesuffered a fracture of right tibia and had 2 surgical repairs in May and then an additional surgery in August.

“Keewee had one of the worst fractures I had ever seen. Her recovery was truly a collaborative effort of our rehab team, her surgeon and most importantly her owners. To see Keewee running and playing with her family and enjoying life after four intense months of therapy is one of the greatest comebacks I’ve witnessed in 20+ years in veterinary medicine.”

– Dr. Amber Ihrke, Keewee’s IPC veterinarian

 

“I wanted to let you all know how very lucky and blessed we feel to have found you all. We have been on a very long stressful journey with Keewee since May to say the least. She has officially graduated and I think we are a little in shock! The time and thought that you all put into Keewee’s care means so much to our family. We were thinking we were going to lose her since amputation was not an option for us. Her injuries were so severe and devastating. To watch Keewee go through so much trauma made our heads spin and only to keep receiving bad news. I was lying in bed one night and thought to myself….If Keewee was a human what would I do-get a second opinion. After putting the word out to multiple dog loving friends and asking physicians I work with “what should I do with my dog” my girlfriend who is a vet tech that works at one of the offices That Dr. Ihrke and Val have given information to suggested we start there-we decided to give it a shot. Mike and I probably seemed pretty reluctant when we first met everyone, but it was another big decision that had to be made for Keewee ASAP to hopefully preserve her leg and another financial decision for our family. WOW!! We sure made the right decision!”

– Gina Schmidt, Keewee’s mom

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Dr. Amber Ihrke referred Keewee to Dr. Jankovitz at Premier Veterinary Group in Crestwood for a surgical consultation. Keewee’s owners were afraid of amputation but Dr. Jankovitz was able to calm their fears.

“Dr. Ihrke thank you for sending us to Dr. Jankovits. I can say that I’m very in tune with Keewee-she is very high maintenance without a fractured leg so along this ride I’ve learned a lot more from her. First off- if she likes a stranger and how she responds to them. While we were sitting in the waiting room waiting to meet Dr. Jankovits in august one week after we were told her leg may have to be amputated, Keewee was on my lap with her black sling on, with other dogs and people in the waiting room and you’ve all seen her-she’s like a baby and those type of distractions don’t phase her. Dr. Jankovits walked out to the waiting room and Keewee’s head popped up and she watched his every move. She liked him. He looked at her and I whispered to Keewee-“is that the man that’s going to fix your leg.” Mind you at the other facilities she wouldn’t even look at the people there and you could tell she was very agitated. When we were in the room with Dr. Jankovits deciding what our options were Keewee laid by his feet which also means Keewee likes you otherwise her nose is shoved in the corner! Dr. Jankovits- you squatted down and started petting Keewee. I had tears in my eyes. We had options and hope again.”

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After her surgery with Dr. Jankovitz, Keewee started her rehab therapy with IPC. Her plan included Massage Therapy, Laser Therapy, Underwater Treadmill, Therapeutic Exercise and Manual Therapy.

“What can I say about Keewee? Keewee is just Keewee. She came to us with an unstable rear limb Keewee #3 9-30-15that her owners were trying to avoid having amputated. Through Keewee’s stubbornness, her owners’ hard work at home and rehab through IPC, Keewee not only kept her leg but returned to her crazy antics at home. Keewee is an example of a patient who greatly benefited from rehab, even though she never really enjoyed coming to see us. I loved seeing how Keewee progressed with rehab, especially watching her spunky personality return as she felt better in her leg. I knew we had done our job at IPC, when her owner sent us a video of Keewee army crawling under a bed and then running around the room barking at the camera. Keewee was her old self once again!”

– Valerie Williams, Keewee’s primary Physical Therapist

 

“You are all amazing at what you do and we the Schmidt family can’t thank you enough for all the time and love you put into Keewee. She is our silly little bully that we love so very much. Please pass along to both of your staffs how much all of their care and compassion has meant to us through Keewee’s journey. I know Keewee will continue to have checkups with you both, but I just wanted you all to know from the bottom of our hearts how much everything you have all done for her means to us. It’s been such a long road and it’s surreal that she has officially graduated and we can breathe and relax a little. Keewee is and always has been a very silly bully. She goes wherever she can with us and loves being part of the action. Keewee loves to snuggle! She is amazing with our kids and a big part of our family and she knows it!”

– Gina

Make a difference!

This month, Keewee would like you to know about Paws Chicago, a shelter in the heart of the city that is also a resource to the animal community. If you make a donation it would make Keewee’s day!

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Jan 2016 Ski

2 years ago · · Comments Off on Jan 2016 Ski · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine ·, , , , , ,

Ski

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Ski has become such an IPC staple on Thursday nights over the past 8 1/2 years, that it would feel empty without him!  Who else could impress us by swimming 20 minutes against the resistance jets while playing volleyball with his dad or show us his fancy new tricks in the gym? Ski is a super star athlete who originally came to us back in 2007 for a CCL injury.  He has not only trained in, but has earned titles in a number of activities including agility, treibball, tricks, nosework & herding.  Rich and Ski aren’t in it for the titles, but just love training until they achieve proficiency.

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Ski was always an active dog who was enrolled in a variety of activities, so it was devastating when he came up lame after a walk one night.  When we first met Ski in July of 2007, his dad Rich was weighing the pros and cons of having surgery to repair a torn cranial cruciate ligament (CCL).  Ultimately Rich decided against surgery and opted to pursue physical rehabilitation instead.  That was a decision that Rich said he would do over and over again.  Ski started an intensive rehab program that included twice weekly visits for underwater treadmill and therapeutic exercise.  Even though he wasn’t the biggest fan of the underwater treadmill, he diligently did it and it’s now his favorite therapy!  Ski took to the exercises right away since it was similar to some of his agility training!  Soon enough Ski was inventing his own exercises and impressing us all with his strength and drive.

Soon enough Ski graduated from a rehabilitation program and became a member of our maintenance club which keeps him in tip top form for the various activities that he does!

Ski and Rich make a fabulous team.  I enjoy a challenge and Ski always keeps me on my toes!”

Emma, Ski’s current therapist

Ribbons from his 1st agility competition

Ribbons from his 1st agility competition

Ski has participated in the following sport activities:

Agility (titled), freestyle dance, rally obedience, barn hunt, tricks (titled), treibball (titled), canine nosework (titled), herding (certified), flyball, disc dog, dock diving, swimming, lure coursing & weight pulling.

Ski also aided Rich in becoming a certified clicker trainer (KPA-CTP) from the Karen Prior Academy.

 

 

 

Ski is a rockstar

“Trainers, vets, & sports trainers all agree that his core strength has allowed Ski to embrace so many different activities without injury.  I credit all our work at IPC with Ski’s amazing condition as he nears 11 years old.”

-Rich, Ski’s dad

 

Rich believes that the wide range of therapies Ski has received has helped him get through minor setbacks.  A flair up of lameness resolved with a series of Laser treatments, while Acupuncture and Chiropractic services have seemed to help as well.  Rich’s goal from day 1 was to make Ski’s legs individually strong enough to do the work of two if that was ever needed, which has been the case over the past several years. Whether it was the right (non-surgically repaired CCL knee) or left leg that had an issue, the other one was always strong enough to do the job of two.

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“Ski is like the energizer bunny when any obstacle gets in his way- he just keeps going & going & going!”

Dr. Ridley, Ski’s IPC vet

 

 

 

Make a difference!
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. Ski has asked us to tell you about Alive Rescue.

“We believe tcropped-ALIVE_LOGO_HIREZ_Final1-300x109hat our responsibility is first to the animals that are in local open-access shelters with a high probability of being euthanized. We primarily take in animals from shelters with high euthanasia rates in Chicago and the surrounding area. We follow through on our commitment that every animal deserves a full life by choosing to take in animals that other adoption organizations may overlook, including seniors, unpopular breeds, and pets with special needs”

IPC is raising awareness for Alive Rescue by jumping into Lake Michigan January 17th.  Click here to donate to our team!

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Dec 2015 Nina

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Nina

Nina Dec 2015 babysittingNina is a sweet, 8 yr old German shepherd. Nina’s owners adopted her as a puppy from a
shelter in Indiana. She enjoys long walks, playing stick or catch, snuggling with her siblings, (Travis & Isabelle as pictured) mom and dad, and of course being spoiled by her papa. Nina herniated a lumbar disc that left her unable to walk or move without a lot of pain and crying. Amy & Alex took Nina to see a neurologist who wanted to do surgery right away, but after some research and consulting with Dr. Amber at IPC we decided to try therapy. At first she was only able to do E-Stim with the tens unit (and got an awesome haircut- see picture)Nina's Cool hair cut Dec 2015 because of the pain. With some time she was able to add to her plan; manual therapy, underwater treadmill, ROM stretching, acupuncture, and exercises. Dr. Amber and Valerie soon discovered she does anything for peanut butter! It was a long process to get her feeling better, but well worth it. She is now able to go on her walks again and continues to do her stretching and exercises at home to continue with her recovery.

“We are so thankful for Dr. Amber and Val and all the work they put into helping Nina get better! We have nothing but good things to say about IPC and what they did for our fur baby and are forever grateful.”

-Amy and Alex, Nina’s parents

“When Nina came to Integrative Pet Care she was in a lot of pain and facing surgery, with our Nina in UT Dec 2015 #2treatment plan and the dedication of her owners, Nina is a happy, healthy dog today. I am so proud of her and her success. “

-Dr. Amber Ihrke, Nina’s IPC veterinarian

“Nina is a great example of how much rehab can help a dog in pain. Nina came to IPC in so much pain that she cried any time she moved and we could barely touch her during her evaluation without her crying or yelping. Initially, Nina’s owners were given a TENS unit to use every day on Nina at home to decrease her pain level. Within a few sessions, Nina’s pain had significantly improved Nina Dec 2015 restingto allow me to perform manual techniques to decrease her trigger points, muscle spasms and improve her overall range of motion. With the help of Nina’s diligent owners and her therapy at IPC, we were able to return Nina to her old self. She quickly progressed from a dog that couldn’t move without pain to one that would drag her owners into her therapy sessions. My most memorable moment working with Nina is when she came into therapy one day barking and jumping around, acting like she was a young pup. I couldn’t believe she was the same dog we saw at her initial evaluation. Working with great dogs like Nina while helping to improve their lives and happiness is one of the greatest rewards of
my job.”

Valerie Williams, PT, DPT, ATRIC, CCRP

Make a Difference

Nina would like us to tell you about German Shepherd Rescue, Inc. If you are able to make a donation in her name to them, it would make her day!

German Shepherd Rescue, Inc. is a growing group of volunteers committed to creating a second chance for German Shepherd dogs that, for many reasons, are in need of new homes.

GSR, Inc. is a state licensed, NO KILL animal shelter based in the Chicagoland area.

We are a 501(c)3, non-profit organization.  Our income is derived from adoption fees, private donations and fund raising activities, all of which go to care for the dogs.

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