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April 2017 Rocko

4 weeks ago · · Comments Off on April 2017 Rocko · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , ,

Rocko

Rocko #2 POTM

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 MaeBelle

4 weeks ago · · Comments Off on April 2017 MaeBelle · Hanover Park, Hanover Park's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , ,

MaeBelle

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“We got MaeBelle from a local breeder when she was 9 weeks old.  She is a very sweet and loving girl…all of our nieces, nephews and grandchildren tell her ‘no Mae – Mae stop’ because she can’t stop kissing them!  Mae likes to take long walks, play with tennis balls, and swim when we go camping and boating.  Because of her activity level, we were caught unaware with her diagnosis of hip dysplasia in January, as she never had a prolonged period of limping or lameness.  We are still not sure what triggered her limping, but we are very grateful to her primary care veterinarian who believes she was most likely born with it.

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We had worked with Integrative Pet Care in the past, so we did not hesitate to bring MaeBelle in to see Dr. Starr.  The care she received has been extraordinary!  Every treatment is broken down so we can understand it, but more importantly it’s tailor made so that Mae’s hips can tolerate it.

In the time she has been receiving treatment, we have noticed an improvement in her mobility that we didn’t even notice she was missing.  She is now playing more with our other dog and is really enjoying our walks.  A HUGE thank you to her team for being so patient with her and us, and for teaching us what we need to help keep MaeBelle healthy and happy…and slimmer!”  -Laura, MaeBelle’s mom

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“MaeBelle and her family have been such a pleasure to work with.  She has shown tremendous improvement in her comfort in her hips, strength in her hind legs, overall fitness level, and her gait after just eight weeks of physical rehabilitation.  These improvements have translated into a much happier and more active dog, and are a testament to the hard work of her owners as well as how much physical rehabilitation can improve the quality of life and function for dogs with hip dysplasia. We are thrilled that MaeBelle is able to start doing more normal activities like swimming, and are looking forward to being part of her continued success.” –Dr. Lisa Starr

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“I have had the pleasure of working with MaeBelle since January of this year to help improve strength in her hind limbs due to hip dysplasia.  MaeBelle has been a STAR patient throughout her therapy- she always comes to therapy ready to work!” –Anna, MaeBelle’s therapist

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  MaeBelle has asked us to tell you about as Good as Gold.logo-min

As Good as Gold – Golden Retriever Rescue of Illinois is dedicated to the rescue, care and adoption of Golden Retrievers and golden mixes who are in need.  In addition, As Good as Gold educates Golden Retriever guardians and the general public about the importance of spaying/neutering, positive training methods, diet and exercise, appropriate medical treatment and humane care.

 

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April 2017 Symon

4 weeks ago · · Comments Off on April 2017 Symon · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , ,

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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Hydrotherapy for Dogs

1 month ago · · Comments Off on Hydrotherapy for Dogs · Rehabilitation

Hydrotherapy can be a beneficial modality for treating a variety of conditions in dogs including mobility issues, recovery from surgery or injury, degenerative joint disease or arthritis and neurological conditions.

Abbey in hydrotherapy The buoyancy of the water reduces stress on the joints, so the patient can move more comfortably. Hydrotherapy sessions also help to build and maintain muscle mass, which is often compromised after surgery. Moving against the resistance of the water works the muscles efficiently and builds strength.

“The warm temperature helps warm up tissues thereby increasing range of motion,” explains Dr. Zenoni.

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March 2017 Ella

2 months ago · · Comments Off on March 2017 Ella · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , ,

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.

Ella Olaf Cast, Jenisch, Stephiane - Ella. 3-17 POTM

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

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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 Paulina

2 months ago · · Comments Off on March 2017 Paulina · Hanover Park, Hanover Park's Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , ,

Paulina

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Paulina was picked up, along with a sibling, as a stray from California.  Even though she and her sister were marked as a bonded pair, which means the shelter likes to have them rescued together, another rescue took her sister and left her behind.  The reason?  She could barely walk as her back legs could not bend.  Chicagoland Eskie Rescue brought her to Chicago where Dr. Aaron Jackson of MedVet Chicago, diagnosed and performed the surgery for bilateral grade 4/4 luxating patellas.  After 8 weeks of pen rest, MedVet Chicago recommended Integrative Pet Care for her rehabilitation.

 

“When we first began with IPC, Paulina would not usPaulina 2e her back left leg and did not have the leg strength to walk on hardwood floors.  IPC worked with Paulina for 10 weeks.  Her therapies included exercise, laser, underwater treadmill, and chiropractic sessions, as well as daily at-home sessions with her foster family.  Paulina now walks (and runs) with all four legs and her muscle mass has increased significantly, allowing her to handle hardwood flooring like a champ!” -Chicagoland Eskie Rescue

“The doctors and staff at Integrative are some of the best in the business.  They genuinely care for each animal, set realistic goals for the patients and support the owners throughout the entire process.”  

“Paulina’s positive attitude and high energy has made working with her very easy! She enjoys doing her therapeutic exercises, especially when she gets freeze dried liver!” -Anna Alberth, CVT, CCRA

“Paulina came to us after having bilateral lateral luxation stabilization surgery. At the time of her Initial Evaluation she was front loading and not bearing much weight on her rear legs. Her response to therapies has been tremendous and she is finally bearing 99% weight on her hind legs! Thanks to the dedication of the rescue Paulina is ready to find her furever home!” -Dr. Arlene Rodriguez, DVM, CCRT

“After a rigorous rehab program we are proud to say Paulina is now taking applications for her furever home!  Paulina’s temperament is pure love.  Her favorite things to do include belly rubs and walks, which she never was able to enjoy before her surgery.  She gets along with other dogs, but would also be a great dog for someone with limited dog experience.  For more information or to request an application, please email us at CERApplications@gmail.com.”

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

Chicagoland Eskie logoRescue, specializing in American Eskimo Dog Rescue & Re-Homing was established in January of 2008. The rescue is a recognized 501(c)(3)Non-Profit Organization that is made up entirely of volunteers who are dedicated to provide shelter, care, vetting and an adoption program for abandoned and relinquished American Eskimo Dogs.

 

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Pain and Arthritis in Cats

2 months ago · · Comments Off on Pain and Arthritis in Cats · Rehabilitation ·, , ,

20140417_142434-2The health and wellness of our feline friends is a top priority for loving cat owners. So as cats age it is important to be mindful that they are prone to the ailments and “slowing down” that come with it.
Arthritis, the inflammation of joints, is a common condition in older cats. As they age the smooth cartilage begins to wear down causing painful friction between the bones. Effected areas can include shoulders, hips, elbows and the spine. Cats carrying extra weight are especially prone to arthritis, as the additional weight places greater strain on their joints.

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Dogs on Wheels!

4 months ago · · Comments Off on Dogs on Wheels! · Rehabilitation ·, ,

rynoDogs become such an integral part of the family that it’s impossible to imagine not providing them with the best quality of life. But, like humans, dogs are susceptible to disease and daveinjury, sometimes resulting in mobility issues or even amputation.
Luckily, there are many options to manage your dog’s quality of life in regards to their mobility and comfort. One such option might be the use of a cart or a “dog wheelchair.” This device can help dogs who are suffering from paralysis, amputatio n, limb deformities, neurologic conditions and limb weakness.

There are many benefits to carts, beyond freedom; dogs suffering from neurologic conditions are essentially retraining their nervous system to stand in a normal position when they use a cart. It also reduces and relieves muscle tension and helps regain strength and a cart allows for better mobility and a decrease in the stress on parts of their body due to over-compensation.

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September is Animal Pain Awareness Month

8 months ago · · Comments Off on September is Animal Pain Awareness Month · Rehabilitation ·

It can be very stressful to see your pet in pain and be unsure about what to do for them. Equally stressful is not knowing IF your pet is in pain. Identifying the (sometimes mysterious) symptoms of pain in our pets is the first step to getting them back on track and doing the things that they love with their family. Here is a great resource from the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management that can help you identify some of the warning signs of pain in your pet. Should you notice any of these symptoms or your pet is behaving in way that is out of the ordinary, please contact your veterinarian.

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