On June 21st, 2018, Milton arrived at Chicago Animal Care and Control as a euthanasia request – the same day his future mama moved to Chicago. His life didn’t end that day because CRISP Chicago was there and Milton was instead surrendered to a rescue. Soon after, ALIVE Rescue scooped him up as a foster dog and started to get him the medical care he desperately needed.
Milton was a mess of infections, pain, and anxiety. He didn’t have full use of his back legs, and he cried all the time. He was mostly blind and deaf, and completely toothless; however, that did not stop his foster parents who adopted Milton on October 7, 2018.
Of course, he was the exact dog we wanted to foster. We’re suckers for special needs animals and impossible cases, which is how he ended up in our family.
…The first time I saw a dog beneath all that anxiety was the day he let me rub his face with a blanket. He leaned into that touch. That was it for me – I was all in, ready to do all I could to help this little guy find his way back to health and happiness.
Justus J, Milton’s mom
Milton quickly became a regular at the vet, who saved his life more than once, as they began to untangle his complicated medical mysteries and eventually removed both of his eyes in an emergency surgery.
Milton has been at Integrative Pet Care since September of last year. Dr. Kelli Martin and his therapist, Emma have been his regular care team to work on his comfort and mobility. After just a few appointments, Milton went from anxious and uncomfortable, to snoozing and relaxed during every appointment.
When we first met Milton, he was full of tiny, grumpy complaints about my exam because he wanted to move all around the room instead. I could tell that he had a huge personality; that was obvious from the video of him running down the sidewalk, trusting his owners implicitly to steer him clear of trouble. He came in because he had trouble settling at night and I was, honestly, a little worried that he wouldn’t like any therapies that required him to stay still. Within a very short time, he was sleeping through his acupuncture, laser, and massage about 95% of the time! He is all about self-care, these days, and will sometimes wake up to do some exercise with his beloved Emma. His owners and I feel as if rehabilitation helps him to maintain a high quality of life. He is the biggest joy in the smallest package. We love Milton!
Dr. Martin, Integrative Pet Care of Chicago
Milton is definitely a favorite at IPC and is loved by so many. It is only fitting that Milton is our June patient of the month since he is celebrating his 15th birthday on June 21st. Happy early birthday, Milton!
What can I say about Milton? He is a really special guy with a bundle of personality! You never really know what Milton you’re going to get each session. Most days he knows how to really sink in to his therapies and falls asleep during his massage and laser sessions. Other days, he really wants to move around and be active. His appointments are always fun and interesting because you have to go with whatever he wants to go with that day.
Emma, Milton’s therapist
We love Milton here at IPC! He should win an award for most relaxed during his therapy sessions. We always set up a Milton station for his acupuncture appointments, which usually includes a cozy bed and full body blanket burrito wrap. It seems to be his happy place.
…it’s funny because some days he is so relaxed and other days, he wants to be so active and run around. He may be small, but don’t be fooled by his powerful bark. It spooks us every single time!
Brooklyn and Katie, Milton’s Therapy Assistants
Each month we ask our POTM to select an organization for us to feature. This month, Milton’s mom asked us to feature ALIVE Rescue of Chicago, where Milton was placed in foster care. Please learn more about them at the link below:
After losing her beloved 16 year old golden retriever 3 years ago, Charlotte’s mom decided the house was too quiet and went on a search for her best friend. Her search brought her to Paws of Tinley Park, where she found Charlotte who was 2 years old at the time. 3 years later, when Charlotte was diagnosed with cruciate disease, her mom looked for the best facility to treat her.
I wanted the best and after researching and touring other facilities, I toured IPC and they were very welcoming and very knowledgeable. They patiently answered all my questions and explained all procedures.
…between the wonderful care at IPC with Dr. Amber and staff and the loving care with Dr. Dave and staff from adjacent Colonial Manor Animal Hospital, I now have my healthy, happy, and active dog back!!
Sharon J, Charlotte’s mom
After bilateral TPLO surgeries, Colonial Manor Animal Hospital referred Charlotte to Dr. Amber for a comprehensive rehabilitation evaluation in January 2020.
Charlotte came to see Colonial Manor Animal Hospital about her bilateral cruciate disease and was hardly able to walk or stand. We repaired both knees via a TPLO procedure and recommended rehabilitation. Despite her significant injuries, Charlotte is such a good-natured, loving, happy dog with a tremendous spirit. She has formed a bond with everyone on our team and we are so proud of her success!
Dr. Dave, Colonial Manor Animal Hospital
Charlotte is 100+ pounds of dog love. She came to us with cruciate injuries to both of her knees and she was having a very difficult time walking. We recommended surgery and then aggressive rehabilitation to get her moving again. After successful surgery on both her knees and a treatment plan that included the underwater treadmill, acupuncture, therapeutic laser, massage, and therapeutic exercises, Charlotte is doing better than ever and is a happy dog.
Dr. Amber, Integrative Pet Care of Homer Glen
Charlotte is hands down a staff favorite. Everyone who knows her absolutely loves and adores her as she is a gentle giant. My favorite thing about Charlotte was watching her blossom into the dog she truly was and was meant to be with each passing rehab session. It was comical and entertaining to watch her personality come out gradually as she began to feel more comfortable and as her mobility improved. Literally, one session she was one dog, then, the next session she was a completely different dog. I witnessed her becoming more vocal, more stubborn as she is definitely a girl who knows what she wants, and more loveable always demanding pets and belly rubs. It has been a joyful experience working with her and her very dedicated mom and to be part of her IPC rehab team. There is no other dog quite like Charlotte.
Tiffany, Charlotte’s therapist
Charlotte is one of the most loveable dogs out there! She is always so happy to see us, and we love seeing her! It’s been a long road to recovery with having bilateral TPLO surgeries, but Charlotte has maintained a good spirit through it all! She stayed in the hospital with us for a while, so I got a lot of time to hang out with her while working on her laser and massage therapies and a lot of time to cuddle. Charlotte loves everyone she meets, and we are so proud of all the progress she has made and will continue to make! She definitely deserves this time in the spotlight!
Michelle, Charlotte’s therapist
Each month we ask our POTM to select an organization for us to feature. This month, Charlotte’s mom asked us to feature PAWS of Tinley Park, where Charlotte was rescued. Please learn more about them at the link below:
Meet our Patient of the Month, Scout! Scout was purchased from a pet store when she was 6 weeks old. According to her owners, she was always an active girl and that could run for miles and could walk for several hours a day without getting tired.
Scout first came to IPC on August 14th, 2019 with declined mobility, tight muscles in her lower back, and slight muscle atrophy. Her goals were to work on pain management and muscular strength. She was always a favorite to our staff and was known as a sassy girl that was dedicated to everything she did.
Although Scout has passed, we will always remember her as one of our most special patients, she and her family will remain in our hearts.
Although Scout has passed, we will always remember her as one of our most special patients, she and her family will remain in our hearts.
“When we first met Scout, she immediately sat in Emma’s lap and gave her little kisses. Her owner was surprised, as this was very out of character. I could already see how special her bond was going to be with everyone here at IPC, but especially Emma. Scout was one of those feisty old ladies who wanted so badly to boss everyone around and she often barked at the bigger, more rambunctious patients from across the gym. We admired her dedication and spirit to do so, even at 18 years old! We miss her sassy self so much.”
Dr. Kelli Martin
It’s hard to describe how special Scout is. Her strong and independent personality made working with her a joy. Scout loved massage (most of the time- as long as she didn’t have other plans for herself!), which was so fun for me and helped us form a strong bond. When we met Scout she had lost her hearing, so we found creative ways to communicate through hand signals and food (her favorite- beef liver!). She is incredibly special, there is just no other dog like her. I miss her and I’m grateful that we were able to have a very special last massage session together.
Emma, Scout’s Therapist
Each month we ask that our POTM share an organization that is close to their heart for us to promote. This month, Scout’s family has asked us to tell you how important Greenbay Animal Hospital was in giving Scout longevity and wonderful quality of life.
I would often go to Happiness is Pets in Orland Park just to enjoy viewing all of the animals. I was wishing that I could someday bring home another dog for our older Boston Terrier, Rex. It was one day back in 2007 that another Boston terrier caught my eye. That was when I first met Blitz. I went several times and he just made me melt. He was so captivating. I would walk into the store every time and no matter where I was in the store, he was looking at me. Those huge ears on his little three-pound body eventually won me over. After several visits, I brought my husband Matt in and Blitz also won him over. On February 11th, 2007, we brought him home. He met his new brother Rex and we began our journey. Blitz and Rex were buddies and inseparable until Rex passed in September 2014. Blitz was lost, but he was our world.
Blitz has always been the most loving, attention needing dog I have had. He has always been loyal and the most comforting dog. He has always got along with other dogs. In fact, we would take him to PetSmart hotel or other boarding places when we would go out of town and when we picked him up he would be behind the service desk. The workers loved him so much that we let him hang out with them. This happened often. He has always been the life of any gathering and everyone is drawn to him. His great personality and loving demeanor drew everyone to him. If not, he would make sure that you knew he was there and demanded your attention. Blitz loves other animals, people, camping, hiking, and cuddling with anyone. He is motivated by treats and our love. Unfortunately in late November 2018, Blitz was diagnosed with Inter-vertebral Disk Disease (IVDD). This disease happens when the cushioning discs between the vertebrae of the spinal cord and begin to break down or harden. This takes away the cushioning which causes nerve damage and pain, hind leg dysfunction, weakness, and sensitivity to certain mobile activities.
Why Integrative Pet Care?
We chose to bring Blitz to Integrative Pet Care after his diagnosis because of our research and wanted to try a different type of treatment. They had great recommendations and reviews so we decided to give them a try. Blitz has been there since November 2018. We have done several different treatments such as acupuncture, massages, and aqua therapy. Aqua therapy has been most suitable for his condition, but to motivate him there has to be an unlimited supply of liver and peanut butter. Everyone at Integrative knows that he is treat-motivated and needy.
How has Integrative Pet Care helped?
Currently, we are just maintaining Blitz’s mobility. We have purchased a dog kart and several other kinds of support to help him. The training of using these supports has been difficult but we’re sure he will come around, especially if we keep that liver treats around. Integrative Pet Care has been very helpful, knowledgeable, kind, professional, and caring. The staff has an obvious love for Blitz and all other animals that visit. We are so thankful for everyone there and could not thank them enough for everything that they do. They give us hope that Blitz will be able to continue his camping, hikes, music fests, and everything else he enjoys doing.
Blitz is a great example of perseverance. He came to us almost 16 months ago with some weakness in his hind limbs secondary to spinal cord disease. Through treatment consisting of hydrotherapy, acupuncture, and exercises he was able to maintain independent mobility for nearly a year. He is now in a cart, but continues to have a great joy for life and still loves his peanut butter more than anything!
Dr. Amber Ihrke
Blitz is one of my favorite boys. He is so much fun to work with even though he is such a stubborn little guy. He has had his ups and downs throughout his time with us but it has never brought his spirit down. As long as he has his peanut butter nothing bothers him. I look forward to seeing him and his big ole’ ears every time he comes in!
Katie, Animal Rehab Therapist
Make A Difference
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal-related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. The animal-related organization that Blitz would love to promote is Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue at https://midwestbtrescue.org/.
The team at IPC is now offering telemedicine appointments!
will continue providing curbside drop-off appointments for your pets. We are
now also offering telemedicine appointments for both existing patients and for
new patient evaluations starting Wednesday, April 1st.
existing patients, our therapists and doctors will be available via Zoom
to discuss homecare, review home exercises and massage, observe gaiting,
discuss ways to keep your pet engaged and help you determine if your pet has an
issue that needs to be addressed at a hospital or clinic. Note: This is not
intended to replace emergency care.
new patients we are now offering a combination of telemedicine and
hands-on evaluation of your pet. Prior to the consultation we will ask you to
fill out a questionnaire and send in gaiting videos of your pet. The
initial consultation starts with a 30-minute Zoom telemedicine appointment
entirely from the comfort of your home. During this appointment an IPC
veterinarian will review history, medications and therapy goals, as well as
provide an analysis of the gaiting videos that were submitted.
Next, you will bring your pet to IPC for a scheduled in-clinic appointment. You will not be present for this appointment as we are currently providing curb-side drop-off services. In that appointment an IPC veterinarian and therapist will perform a physical exam, as well as a first therapy appointment appropriate for your pet.
We will then prescribe a treatment program for your
pet that will lay out specific recommendations for rehab therapies, medications
and any home care changes.
If you are interested in scheduling a telemedicine appointment for your pet, please contact us first via email at email@example.com and we will aid you with setting up Zoom, directing you to the right therapist/doctor, and scheduling an appointment time.
Therapist Check-in $65 15-30 min video check-in with your pet’s IPC therapist DVM Check-in $85 15-30 min video check-in with your pet’s IPC veterinarian Rehab Evaluation $276 30 min video consultation with an IPC veterinarian followed by a 60 min in-clinic appt including physical exam and first therapy
your pet be in need of continued acupuncture services, but you’re unable to
come into the clinic: Dr. Nathaniel Cook offers house-call options through Chicago Veterinary Geriatrics.
Lacey was a rescue, found at less than a year old by a Chicago Police Officer and brought to Bow Wow Rescue. She spent a few months with a foster family before her new family found her through rescueme.org.
Dottie is also a rescue. She was found in Oak Park as a stray and brought to Animal Care League. She was in the shelter for approximately 3 months and so stressed she had almost lost her bark by the time her family adopted her. But her bark came back strong after a week in her new home!
Both pups came to IPC to rehab a CCL injury and went through a treatment program that including hydrotherapy, therapeutic laser treatments, and Therapeutic Exercise.
(IPC) came highly recommended. I also appreciate the approach to heal them naturally. We all found everyone so helpful and friendly! Lacey rebounded after her surgery quickly and continues to improve using her back leg all of the time. Dottie has come along nicely without resorting to surgery and is using her back leg most of the time. Dottie and Lacey love coming to therapy. When I get to 159th and Parker in the left turn lane to U turn they lose it. Barking and whining they cannot wait to see their friends!
Patricia, Dottie & Lacey’s mom
Lacey is a sweetheart of a dog who, unfortunately, tore her cranial cruciate ligament. She had a successful TPLO surgery and came to see us for post-operative rehabilitation. Lacey had a treatment plan that consisted of therapeutic laser, hydrotherapy, and therapeutic exercises. She did fantastic with her recovery and we are really proud of her progress. Way to go Lacey!
Dr. Amber Ihrke
Lacey and Dottie live in a 3 Jack Russell household with the third one called Belle. Mom brought all 3 of them in to IPC every time a visit was scheduled. It was always enjoyable to start the day with these 3 ladies as although they were all the same breed, they all had completely different personalities. Lacey was shy, nervous, and very much a “momma’s girl.” Dottie was the most energetic and enthusiastic of the 3. Belle was the only one of the 3 who didn’t come to us for rehabilitation, so we didn’t get to know her as well, but she was always friendly and up for getting pet or being given a treat. I had the pleasure of working almost exclusively with Lacey who I became quite attached to and was always excited to work with. Although she never really seemed completely thrilled to be at IPC, our beef liver treats helped her come out of her shell and motivated her to work hard and achieve great heights while here. She started rehabilitation after a left rear TPLO and received laser therapy, underwater treadmill, and therapeutic exercises. What was great about Lacey was that she was able to do more challenging things every time she came in for a visit. I was continuously noticing improvements and I was receiving positive reports about her progress at home. After her second TPPE, she graduated to a home exercise program after significant improvements in comfort, weight bearing, and muscle mass were noted. I miss working with her regularly, but I am very proud of her and hope she continues to improve and make strides at home. Way to go, Lacey!!
Tiffany, Animal Rehab Therapist
Dottie is a super sweet dog that happens to also be a ball full of energy. It was so funny to see how excited she was to see us compared to her sister, Lacey, when they would come in for their appointments. Dottie did not undergo surgery to repair a torn cruciate, but improved tremendously with rehab. It was always take a little while for her to calm down enough to sit still for her laser and massage session, but even when she was calmer, she was still rolling over on her back for belly rubs every time you called her a “good girl”. I’m proud of the improvements that she made and I know with the exercises the owner is doing at home, she will continue to do well. It was so much fun working with the terrier sisters!
Michelle, Animal Rehab Therapist
Make A Difference
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal-related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. Lacey and Dottie’s family has asked us to tell you about rescueme.org
Logan’s parents used to bring their elderly dog Cali for rehabilitation years ago, so they made an appointment right away when he was diagnosed with a partial tear of his cranial cruciate ligament (CCL). They were hoping to avoid surgery, so a program was started that included therapeutic exercise, underwater treadmill & laser. All was going well until he went a little too crazy in the snow and fully tore the ligament! Logan soon had surgery and came back to IPC for post-surgery rehabilitation.
“We adopted Logan from the Anti-Cruelty Society in July 2014 shortly after adopting our other dog Sinna. We don’t know much about his past, other than that he came from Mississippi and that he was afraid of EVERYTHING. He literally pooped his metaphorical pants the first time he heard our garage door and wouldn’t willingly leave our bathroom for the first week or so. But oh so slowly, he gained confidence and has turned into the biggest, most loving goofball. Don’t get me wrong—he is still afraid of random things like plastic bags and street signs, but we’ve come a long way.” Kris, Logan’s mom.
“If you were to look up ‘proud therapist’ in the dictionary, there would be a picture of me staring in amazement at Logan! He has overcome injuries, but most of all his confidence at IPC has soared. I look forward to giving Logan a new challenge in the gym or during his underwater treadmill sessions because he’s always ready to show me what he’s got!” -Laura Krill, CCRA
“Yes, we’ve seen great progress and no additional injuries, but also Logan LOVES his sessions at IPC. We have technically completed his post-operative rehab program, but I plan to take him to IPC as long as they’ll have us because it is truly his happy place. Nowhere else is he so elated, so confident, and so at ease, as working out in the gym with Coach Laura.” -Kris
You can follow Logan’s, and his sisters Riley and Sinna, latest shenanigans on Instagram under Land of Misfit Dogs!
Make a difference!
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.
Logan has asked us to tell you about a new project his parents started with ALIVE Rescue. Kris and Nate have gone above and beyond supporting local rescues and are building a shelter in Southern Wisconsin so ALIVE Rescue can further their mission!