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Pain and Arthritis in Cats

1 year 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!

1 year 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

2 years 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 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/discomfort 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 for an assessment of your pet.

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Does Pet Insurance Cover Rehabilitation?

2 years ago · · Comments Off on Does Pet Insurance Cover Rehabilitation? · Rehabilitation ·

Pet Insurance Overview

Wondering if that pet insurance policy that you pay a premium to have for your pet will cover rehabilitation services? The answer is likely yes!

The American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians has recently updated their insurance summary giving a brief overview of what is/isn’t included in current insurance policies and any requirements that there may be for the facility providing the service. At Integrative Pet Care all rehabilitation services have veterinary oversight and are performed by trained/certified practitioners. Of course, it is always best check with your insurance company directly to confirm your pet’s coverage or before purchasing an insurance policy.

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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 ·, ,

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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!

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“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

2 years ago · · Comments Off on Feb 2016 Lucy · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , ,

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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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