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November 2020 – Butter Bean

1 week ago · · Comments Off on November 2020 – Butter Bean · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month ·, , ,

Butter Bean, otherwise known as Bean, Buttas, The Bean Man, BB, etc., was adopted by his owner in April 2016 after her prior pup (an IPC alumni) named Sahara passed away in 2015. Bean was adopted from a rescue in the suburbs called Animal Rescue Foundation- Illinois (ARF). Before coming to ARF, he was rescued from a kill-shelter down in southern Indiana. 

Although it was love at first site for Butter Bean’s owner, it seemed like he did not feel the same way when they first met. No matter, Butter Bean’s owner took a chance and decided to bring him home anyway.

I have to admit, he wasn’t too excited to meet me – he seemed pretty happy with his foster family and all of their dogs.  However, we decided to give it a shot and he came home with me. While our first few days were sort of eventful (the first night we ended up at the emergency vet, and, later, the first walk we ever did, I locked us out of the house in freezing weather), we’ve settled into a great routine.

Belinda, Butter Bean’s Owner

Butter Bean first came to Integrative Pet care in August of 2019 when his primary care veterinarian noticed some issue with his patellas and recommended physical rehabilitation. It was later discovered by our very own Dr. Ridley that Butter Bean had some leg deformities, Grade III luxating patellas and some neurological issues. With that information, he was put on a program to focus on comfort and muscle strengthening (and help him lose some weight as well). He is currently receiving a combination of exercise, massage, and laser treatments once a week and an acupuncture treatment every other week. He used to do sessions in the hydro-treadmill to help with his strengthening, but prefers to do most of his exercises in the gym.

Seeing and working with Butter Bean is a high point of my week. His sassy disposition always brings a smile to my face!

Renee, Butter Bean’s therapist

Since then, he has been an IPC regular and one of the team’s fan favorites. He has recently been diagnosed with heart disease along with his limb and neurological issues; however, his comfort and strength has been improving thanks to the dedication of his owner and vet team.

Oh, dearest of Bean, lover of Cheerios. Your IPC team loves you so. You make us all giggle with your resting side-eye. You are impossible to not adore. Thank you for providing me with years of entertainment.

Dr. Ridley, Veterinarian at IPC
“The king of sassy side-eye!”

At now 11 years young, he is the such trooper through everything he has gone through. He will never pass up a treat (even if it only his special heart-healthy kibble treats) and has enough sass for anyone that comes around. He would never admit it, but he enjoys coming to for his sessions every week and the team absolutely loves having him.

What can I say about Butter Bean. First of all, he is just adorable. Second, I love his sassy, but sweet side. Sometimes, he will just come and sit as close to you as possible without actually laying on you. It is almost like a cuddle but in his own special way. He would never admit it, but I do think he loves us just as much as we love him. He is always so much fun to work with and brightens my day every time he is in. We love you, Butters!

Katie, TA at IPC of Chicago

Butter Bean has settled well in his new family over the past few years. He is such a sweet and shy guy, and always knows how to crack up everyone he meets. His owner says he loves a good belly rub and shows a little sly smile when he thinks he tricks his owner into giving him one. He is truly one of a kind!

He’s incredibly patient, putting up with me as well with a pair of new siblings (also rescues from ARF) who came into our home a couple of years ago.  The three “littles” as my brother and sister call them have really bonded, and I think they all enjoy one another’s company. Bean is the most stoic of all of them, and rarely causes any uproar in the house – he’s the calmest Chihuahua I’ve ever met.  I just love the little dude.

Belinda, Butter Bean’s Owner

Each month we ask our POTM to select an organization for us to feature. This month, Butter Bean’s owner asked us to feature two organizations that have impacted Butter Bean’s life: Animal Rescue Foundation of Illinois (A.R.F), where Bean and his two dog siblings were rescued from and Pets First Veterinary Clinic, where Bean has received his primary care treatment. These two organizations have helped Butter Bean and his owner in so many ways to make sure he is comfortable and taken care of when needed. Please learn more about them in the links below:

Animal Rescue Foundation of Illinois (A.R.F): https://www.arf-il.org/

Pets First Veterinary Clinic:
https://www.petsfirstchicago.com/

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October 2020 – Violet

2 months ago · · Comments Off on October 2020 – Violet · Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Uncategorized ·, ,

The Mooney family knew exactly what they were getting themselves into when they rescued Violet. She was a racing greyhound and Florida native in her early life. Luckily for the Mooney family, Violet was terrible at racing and retired early, which is how she ended up at REGAP (Retired Greyhounds as Pets) of Illinois.

Their first encounter with violet was not as common as most first-time meet and greets with dogs, but it didn’t deter them from falling in love with her. 

Our first meeting with Violet was uneventful and she didn’t even seem to like us that much. This aloofness was relatable and she became our dog. Her independence and aloofness wasn’t shyness, as we later realized that she is a sassy apple, a HBIC, and a very independent woman who wants to do things her way.  

Patrick, Violet’s Owner
Taken first week of being rescued!

For those of you that are unaware, greyhounds are notorious for small injuries. Luckily for Violet’s family, they knew from day one that this could be possible. Violet, of course is a tough lady and has only needed stitches one time, but has broken almost all of her nails and dislocated a few toes as well. Violet did not end up at IPC until she got older and her owners noticed her slowing down and scuffing her hind feet a lot as she walked. Soon after that Violet had a difficult time getting comfortable and began yelping. Her owner’s didn’t know what was causing it and got concerned.

They reached out to their pals at One Tail at a Time Rescue to see if they had any recommendations for Violet. They suggested IPC and later got confirmation from their vet that IPC was the place to go.

Violet is just the sweetest. She is so great and easy to work with. I have such a fun time working with her and she brightens my day every time I see her. How can you not love that face!

Rika, Violet’s Therapist

Violet’s first appointment at IPC was on August 3rd, 2019 and has been coming to her regular appointments since then. She was diagnosed with lumbarsacral disease, spondylosis, IVDD, and osteoarthritis. It seems like a lot, but she is still the happy, excited dog that she is. The team at IPC decided that she does a combination of therapies including: Underwater treadmill, exercise, laser, and massage. Although she loves all the therapies she gets, she seems to get the most excited when she gets into the gym.

Violet is a hoot! She’s fun and always a good time. She gets so excited just to come into the building. Sometimes even gets a little too excited that we have to calm her down so she doesn’t hurt herself. Haha.

Emma, Violet’s Therapist

“Violet did not read the book on being a greyhound. She is not remotely nervous and she knows how to sit! She is seriously the biggest social butterfly and she loves to lean on anyone who is nearby. She loves rehabilitation; she is so focused and attentive to what her therapists are asking her to do. We like to playfully joke that she always makes sure to be just slightly worse for my recheck exams so that she can keep coming to IPC forever. She is the best girl, incredibly smart, and we love her long snoot!”

Dr. Martin, Violet’s Vet at IPC
Fun Fact: Most Greyhounds we meet do not know how to sit. This is Violet’s special trick!

Violet has been an IPC regular since her first day and has been loving coming here ever since. Her owners are grateful to the IPC team and we love Violet’s fun and spunky spirit every time she walks through the doors. The team here is so proud of all her hard work and looks forward to working with her every time she comes in.

Sam and I would like to thank everyone at IPC, especially Rika, Emma & Dr. Martin, for taking such good care of her and keeping her back issues from getting worse! She’s going to be able to do her quick 45 second sprints forever now!

Patrick, Violet’s Owner

Each month we ask our POTM to select an organization for us to feature. This month, Violet’s owner asked us to feature two organizations that have impacted Violet’s life: REGAP of Illinois and One Tail at a Time Rescue. These two organizations have helped Violet and her owner in so many ways to make sure Violet is comfortable and taken care of when needed. Please learn more about them in the links below:

REGAP of Illinois: https://regapgreyhounds.org/

One Tail at a Time: https://www.onetail.org/

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October 2020- Lili

2 months ago · · Comments Off on October 2020- Lili · Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Uncategorized

Lili

Lili is a patient of Dr. Amber Ihrke and rehab nurse, Michelle, at IPC HG, referred by Dr. Finan at Finan Animal Hospital for a front limb lameness. Lili’s IPC therapy plan includes laser therapy, massage, therapeutic exercises, acupuncture, and chiropractic care. Lili’s parents knew that IPC was the right choice for Lili, because they had another dog, Buerle, who had been a rehab patient of ours in the past. Lili’s parents report that “Lili’s mobility and demeanor have greatly improved.” 


About Lili:

Our daughter Devyn begged us to get a dog. She was 10, played travel softball and we were frequently out of town so we didn’t feel it was a good idea.  She kept badgering us.   We decided to appease her and told her if she hit a home run, a legitimate out of the park home run (the odds at that time were not in Devyn’s favor, it was virtually impossible) we would get a dog.  On Mother’s Day, 2010, Devyn hit a legit out of the park home run …  we adopted Lili (age 2) on September 13, 2010    
Lili was gregarious, eager to please but needed a lot of work in the manners department.  We worked with MidAmerica Service Dogs who offered a training program for dogs outside of their service dog program.  Lili did so well she became a candidate for CGC.   

-Lili’s parents


Lili is the sweetest Collie. She came to us with a front limb lameness and we started Acupuncture, therapeutic exercises, and massage.  Her limping has improved and she really enjoys her massages.  We always look forward to our visits with Lili.

Dr. Ihrke, Lili’s IPC Veterinarian

We absolutely love working with Lili! She is one of the sweetest dogs out there and will usually do just about anything for her salmon treats, although she does like to be stubborn sometimes. Through massage, exercises, and occasionally laser therapy (in addition to the acupuncture and chiropractic work Dr. Amber does with her), her right front limb lameness improved, and we have helped keep her agile in her older years. It’s always a good day when Lili comes walking through the door!

Michelle, Lili’s Rehab Therapist

Each month we ask our POTM to select an organization for us to feature. This month, Lili‘s mom asked us to feature Collie Rescue of Greater Illinois. Please learn more about them on their website: http://www.collierescue.org/

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September 2020- Bazl

3 months ago · · Comments Off on September 2020- Bazl · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month

Bazl’s has been a rehab patient at IPC- Homer Glen since 2019. This special boy is treated primarily for bilateral elbow dysplasia, hindlimb weakness and suspected T3-L3 myelopathy. Bazl’s therapy plan includes acupuncture, hydrotherapy, massage, therapeutic exercise and laser. 

When Bazl was a puppy he was very rambunctious. He would jump into the air over and over, whenever he was excited. He wanted to play all of the time. He was so hard to keep busy that we decided to get him a brother by the time he was two years old. Bazl and Gus were best friends and would play a game in the yard where they would run across the whole yard straight at each other face to face and when they met, they would chase each other around the yard. Five years later, Max joined the other two. The three have been great friends and brothers ever since.  Bazl has always been a den dog! He loves to spend his days “hiding” in his “cozy cave” bed. When he was younger, he would jump on a newly made bed, take all the covers down and hide inside of them. Bazl also loved to swim. But of course he did, he’s a Lab! Bazl loves to snuggle and be petted. If you stop petting him, he will nudge you until you start again! Bazl’s favorite snack is peppers. 

A couple of years ago, Bazl really slowed down and was having trouble walking. We had tried medications and laser and he was still having trouble. His vet suggested physical therapy. So, I did the research and IPC came out on top.

IPC has improved and stabilized Bazl’s degenerative condition. They approached his issues on a “whole dog” basis rather than just looking at parts of him. Everyone at IPC has been extremely helpful and friendly!

Vicki and George, Bazl’s parents

Bazl has been our patient for one year and he is a favorite.  He came to us with a variety of neurologic and orthopedic issues and over the course of the year, we have been able to keep him independently mobile with a combination of acupuncture, therapeutic laser, underwater treadmill, and massage.  At 14 years old, he is a great example that no matter what age, patients benefit from rehabilitation and physical medicine.

Dr. Amber Ihrke, Bazl’s IPC Veterinarian

Bazl is such an amazingly sweet dog! It is such a joy to see and work with him! Even when he is acting stubborn or having a rough day walking from his elbow dysplasia and rear limb weakness, his tail is always wagging, and he is happy to see his friends. We love working with Bazl and helping to keep him comfortable and maintain his independent mobility for as long as we can. He is definitely a special dog that deserves this time in the spotlight!

Michelle, Bazl’s Rehab Therapist

We ask our reigning POTM each month to select an organization to highlight that is meaningful to them. Bazl’s parents asked us to share Semper K-9 with you- an organization dedicated to providing service canines to veterans. For more information about this organization- please visit their website: http://www.semperk9.org/about-us/mission/

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September 2020 – Liza

3 months ago · · Comments Off on September 2020 – Liza · Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Uncategorized ·, ,

Liza came into her owner’s life at only 8 weeks old and changed her life. From the moment she was brought home, she has been the sweetest girl with a ton of sass and comedy. Her owner says it was love at first sight and even 4 years later, that feeling has never changed. 

Liza came to me and healed my broken heart…

….. It is impossible to pick my favorite things about her – she is just perfect. She is more than a dog, there is something magical behind her eyes. Liza and love at first sight go hand in hand for everyone that meets her.

Jamie, Liza’s Owner

A few fun facts about Liza is that she is sucker for peanut butter and her favorite toy is a pink flying pig that she uses as a pacifier when she is extremely excited and during bed time. How much cuter can she get! 

Liza ended up a member of the IPC family when her owner picked her up from daycare one day and noticed she wasn’t walking with as much spunk as she usually did and in pain. Later that night she was having a hard time sleeping and her neck seemed to be stuck in an awkward and bizarre position. She also had a hard time moving her hind legs. Obviously, her owner became very concerned and Liza was taken to the ER that night where the vet suspected something called Intervertebral Disc Disease, or IVDD. This type of disease is also referred to as a ruptured or slipped disc and is actually very common in small and longer-bodied breeds, like French Bulldogs. Liza was put on a low amount of steroids and pain medications to help, but after a set back an MRI was done to reveal she in fact had IVDD.

Liza had her first appointment at IPC on August 6, 2019 and the IPC team has fallen in love her just like her owner did when she first met her. Since then, she has come twice a week to receive a variety of therapies; however, we found out quickly that she was not a fan of the underwater treadmill, so it was taken off of her program. Now, she sticks to more fun therapies, like acupuncture, exercise, massage, and laser.

Liza is always ready for a challenge and loves when I try to come up with new things for her to master.  She has gotten so strong I do believe her core is significantly better than mine! She’s a delightful girl and brightens my week each time she’s here.

Tami, Liza’s Therapist

 I cannot say enough about the team. Dr. Martin and Tami are incredible – just incredible. They not only have helped my sweet girl get better and help to manage her IVDD, but they make sure to take care of the human as well, 🙂  They are just both so kind.

Jamie, Liza’s Owner

Some of our favorite things about Liza is her incredible ability to be so sweet and so sassy at the same time. She knows her routine and loves it. She is sucker for peanut butter and is known to have the best style in the place with her fun and vibrant harnesses. Her vet, therapists, and owner have seen a dramatic improvement with Liza’s disc issues and plans to continue coming for her bi-weekly appointments. She absolutely loves coming to IPC and we love having her. Every appointment with her is such a blast and we always look forward to seeing her big personality every week.

Liza is such a lovely, social girl and everything she does is 100%. She is so easy for us all to bond with, especially given her ability to devote her entire focus to whomever is in front of her (though it doesn’t hurt if you have a peanut butter cup). She is lucky enough to have a caring, wonderful, sweet, and attentive owner who can pick out any changes and tell us immediately. I am so happy to have met them both and honored to be entrusted with Liza’s care.

Dr. Kelli Martin, Veterinarian at IPC

Liza always puts a smile on the IPC staff’s face!!!! I look forward to all my assists with her because I know I will get plenty of peanut butter kisses and love! She is for sure the peanut butter queen around here…and the queen in general.

Brooklyn, TA at IPC

Each month we ask our POTM to select an organization for us to feature. This month, Liza’s owner asked us to feature two organizations that have impacted Liza’s life: Blum Animal Hospital in Lakeview and Pooch Hotel in Lincoln Park. These two organizations have helped Liza and her owner in so many ways to make sure Liza is comfortable and taken care of when needed. Please learn more about them in the links below:

Blum Animal Hospital: https://vcahospitals.com/blum

Pooch Hotel: https://www.poochhotel.com/locations/illinois/chicago-lincoln-park/

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August 2020 – Dexter

4 months ago · · Comments Off on August 2020 – Dexter · Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Uncategorized ·, ,

Dexter joined the Aufrecht family as a puppy about 8 years ago after their previous dog, another Golden Retriever named Spencer, passed away. He is a sweet and fun dog that can be a little shy and timid sometimes, but that is what his family loves about him. 

We knew we had to fill the void in our heart.  We looked at several Golden Retriever’s, but Dexter’s sad eyes drew us in.  From the moment we picked him up, we couldn’t put him back down. 

Susie, Dexter’s Owner

Some of Dexter’s favorite activities include chasing tennis balls and running around with his human siblings. A fun fact about Dexter that makes him pretty unique is that he is allergic to latex, which is not as commonly seen in dogs as it is seen in humans. Dexter has a little bit of a temper when it comes to certain dogs and people. He suffers from anxiety and can be very protective of his home and family. After hearing this, it came to quite a shock to the team at Integrative Pet Care when he came in and was the most affectionate and cuddly dog. 

I had worked with the owner’s previous dog, Spencer, in the past, so I wasn’t too sure what to expect from Dexter. He started off so shy, but after a few sessions he was like a brand new dog. All can say is that he loves to cuddle and can’t wait to get to work. He’ll drag me down the hall because he is so excited to see everyone and get started. He is so fun to work with!

Doris, Dexter’s Therapist

Dexter started his journey at IPC after his owner noticed him limping occasionally when he walked, usually after he has been laying down . His owner did not want to have to limit him with all the physical things he loves to do, so they took him to the vet where they suspected arthritis might be causing the limping. After about a year of on and off again limping, his vet recommended physical therapy to help with his lameness and discomfort. Luckily for Dexter, his owner knew just the place to go: IPC! 

“Dexter is the happiest, sweetest, most snuggly boy in the world! He was so shy when he first came to IPC, he would cower in the corner behind the chair with his head almost touching the ground in effort to hide from us. It sure didn’t take him long to come out of his shell and decide that we were his best friends! We quickly discovered that his favorite treat of choice is attention rather than food. He is often sprawled out in someone’s lap or jumping from person to person to get maximum attention. We love Dexter!”

Dr. Martin, Veterinarian at IPC

His owners had been a client at IPC before with their previous dog, Spencer. They were thrilled to be back and said it felt like a home-coming. After his initial consult, he was diagnosed with mild lameness, arthritis, and crepitus, as well as, overall muscle tension and some muscle atrophy mostly present in his shoulders. To help with all these things, he comes to IPC once a week for a combination of therapeutic exercise, massage therapy, laser therapy, hydrotherapy, and acupuncture, and he loves coming every week.

Dexter loves visiting his Integrative friends every week and his therapy has paid off.  Dexter’s limping used to be a daily occurrence and now we rarely see it.  Dexter is able to enjoy the activities he loves pain-free, thanks to the therapy he receives!

Susie, Dexter’s Owner

Dexter has been coming to IPC since January of 2020 and we have seen a huge improvement in his lameness and muscle tension. His family says they rarely see him limping anymore and plan to continue with his therapy program to ensure his lameness and discomfort stays away. The team at IPC love Dexter’s goofy and cuddly personality and are always thrilled to see him every week!

I love working with Dexter during his appointments. All he wants is to be as close to you as possible and most of the time will actually sit on top of you. I am convinced he thinks he is about the size of a Yorkie and can sit in your lap at all times. Of course we don’t mind though. The more snuggles the merrier!

Katie, Therapy Assistant

Each month we ask our POTM to select an organization for us to feature. This month, Dexter’s owner asked us to feature Rex’s Place in Evanston, a doggie daycare where Dexter visits multiple times a week. This organization has been very accommodating with Dexter’s latex allergy and ensuring he didn’t come in contact with any rubber objects while he was there. Please learn more about them at the link below:

https://www.rexsplace.com/

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August 2020 – Mylo

4 months ago · · Comments Off on August 2020 – Mylo · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month

Mylo fractured his left elbow and went through a critical surgery when he was 15 weeks old. Doctors put his leg into a sleeve which developed mobility issues in his left arm. We took him to Integrative Pet Care to help him regain his left arm mobility and movement through physiotherapy. Mylo’s hospital was VCA Aurora Animal Hospital, and Mylo’s doctor Dr. Steven Abel recommended us to go to Integrative Pet Care. Dr. Steven Abel is an excellent surgeon, and he worked with Dr. Amber during Mylo’s treatment.

We will forever be thankful to Dr. Amber, Katie, and everyone at Integrative Pet Care who contributed to Mylo’s recovery. Dr. Amber created a well-rounded and customized recovery plan for Mylo that greatly helped him to regain his left arm strength and movement. Katie worked hard and relentlessly, and we do not have enough words to thank her for her excellent work. Integrative Pet Care staff is very compassionate, accommodating, and caring and they took very good care of Mylo.

Today, when we see Mylo happily running and jumping around in our yard and go for long family walks, we feel glad that we found Integrative Pet Care. I highly recommend Integrative Pet Care to anyone who is dealing with a horrible trauma of pet accidents. We trust Integrative Pet Care and its staff for what they do the best. 

 


Mylo is the cutest miniature poodle you would ever want to meet!  He had some bad luck and broke his elbow, but with the dedication of his family and the hard work of Katie, he is now walking on his left front leg like a boss! – We are so proud of you Mylo.

Dr. Amber

Where do I start with Mylo? He is the cutest little guy with a very big attitude! Mylo did not trust anyone at the start of his program but by the end we were the best of friends. Mylo was such a joy to work with and I am so proud of all his hard work.

Katie, Mylo’s rehab therapist

We always ask our POTM if there is a special organization they’d like to promote. Mylo would like you to know about Best Friends Animal Society. You can learn more about them on their website: https://bestfriends.org/

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July 2020 – Hank

5 months ago · · Comments Off on July 2020 – Hank · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Uncategorized ·

Hank joined the Wolfson family in April of 2019 at only 3 months old. Little did Hank or his family know that he would be spending most of his puppy-hood at the vet with consistent infections from his ears to his toenails. 

It was not until right before Hank’s 1st birthday, that he escaped from his sitter’s home while his owners were on vacation and was hit by a car. Luckily, he dodged a lot of high speed traffic on the highway and did not break any bones during the accident. He did; however, end up with nerve damage in his front left leg. 

He crossed a six lane highway and managed to get hit in a school zone, likely saving his life. He didn’t break a single bone, but did incur some nerve damage.

…At the start of his visits, he couldn’t place his left leg on the ground. He constantly knuckled and had a severe limp.

Mark W, Hank’s Owner

That’s when Hank began his adventure at Integrative Pet Care. During his initial exam, he was very lame on his left front paw and would constantly knuckle on his foot when taking steps. He started his program in January of 2020 and has been coming to his sessions every week since then. These sessions consist of a combination of therapies, which include:  Hydrotherapy, Acupuncture, massage, therapeutic exercise, ultrasound, and laser therapy. His vet, therapists, and family have seen such a dramatic improvement with him.

Hank has made a remarkable recovery.  He loves his exercise time in the gym and is such a good boy sitting for his ultrasound and laser therapies.  It’s been such a joy to work with him and see him thrive gaining so much of his confidence back.  

Tami, Hank’s therapist

It was a little difficult for Hank to adjust to his new routine. Due to his long recovery, he was not able to play and socialize with other dogs like puppies usually do, so often times he is quite shy and it took some time for Hank to get to know and trust his therapists and vet. After so many months of therapy, you could say he is best friends with everyone at IPC. 

He is like a brand new dog from the first time we saw him so many months ago. He was so shy and would bark every time someone he didn’t know walked in the room. Now he runs straight in to the gym and will lay all over you during his treatments. He is such a goofball!

Katie, Therapy Assistant

His owners have even noticed his confident boost at home. He now has weekly play dates with his best friend, Eeyore and says he is always so excited in the car on his way to his therapy sessions.

He loves to play with his toys, and get chased around the apartment. Weekly appointments with IPC and playdates with his best friend, Eeyore, are what he looks forward to most. He shakes with excitement during the car ride, and can’t wait to get inside! In his down time, he loves to watch golf, soccer, and hockey. But, no horse racing allowed! Any animal on TV gets Hank riled up.

Mark, Hank’s Owner

See Hank’s favorite television show here! 


Even with everything Hank has gone through in the past year, he has never lost his sweet spirit. He has shown so much improvement since coming to IPC and his owners are grateful for the work the staff has done to help Hank. They say most people cannot even tell anymore that he was even hit by a car. He really is a miracle puppy!

Hank is a survivor! He had such a traumatic experience so early in his life, he had a little anxiety as a result of his injury. He would bark and was anxious around new people. Through rehabilitation and medical management, he has not only regained the use of his left front leg, he also has gained so much confidence! He never once complained about any of his therapies and he loves to snuggle with his therapists now. He has always been such a big personality and it has been a real pleasure to watch him progress. I have been so impressed with how far he’s come. He’s such an amazing boy and we really adore both he and his owners.

Dr. Martin, IPC

Curious about Hank’s transformation?

See Hank before here.

See Hank After here.

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July 2020- Birdie

5 months ago · · Comments Off on July 2020- Birdie · Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Uncategorized

In golf, birdie is one short of par. Our Beloved Birdie, has three legs, one short of par. She has the coloring of a boxer, a light brown coat with a black face that has turned gray over the years. She weighs 60 lbs and has the half bent ears and the body of a German Shepherd. She is a sweet and gentle dog with some fear toward men in baseball caps, and the quick unpredictable movements of small children. She came to us because she was reactive to a toddler in her adoptive home. We took her “temporarily” in 2013 after she was moved around to a few foster homes. She is a valued member of our pack and a staunch guardian of her home and her human caregivers.

Birdie’s owner

Birdie was found as a stray in Danville, Illinois in December of 2008. While she was in the shelter in Danville, at her estimated age of 7 months, she fractured her left hind leg at the growth plate. The shelter decided amputation was indicated and authorized the surgery. Birdie has lived almost her entire life with three legs and has done quite well. In her prime, she learned to use her body to move with unbelievable speed and agility.

In 2019, Birdie injured her tail and a partial amputation became necessary despite many efforts to save her tail. Later that year, she strained her back chasing squirrels – a favorite past time. She recovered from the back strain, but later showed signs she was reluctant to move beyond eating, drinking, and going potty. Her regular vet recommended physical therapy to help improve her mobility. They identified IPC as an option because IPC was 10 minutes from home, and they knew she would need frequent therapy


Birdie responded almost immediately to the interventions including the Assisi loop, massage, laser therapy, acupuncture, and hydrotherapy. She continues to receive maintenance therapy and her quality of life has improved. She is a wonderful patient and loves her therapists, including Michelle, who has treated her most frequently. Our goal continues to be to keep her comfortable for the remaining years of her life.


Birdie is one of the best patients we have, by far! She came in initially for having more trouble getting around from compensating due to having 3 legs most of her life, but Birdie never let missing a leg stop her from living life to the fullest. After a few weeks of laser therapy, hydrotherapy, and massage, there was noticeable difference in her posture and behavior. Birdie started to play again and move around much better at home! She has been nothing but sweet, calm, and cooperative for all her appointments. I absolutely love working with her!  Birdie has a strong spirit, so I hope she will continue to keep going strong for years to come!

Michelle, Birdie’s Rehab Therapist

Birdie started her journey at Integrative Pet Care after her owner’s noticed that she was slowing down a little.  Birdie is a tri-pawd and has been for a majority of her life.  She was getting around, but her owner’s wanted a better quality of life for her and thought that she could make some progress with rehabilitation therapy.  When Birdie first started, she had poor posture due to compensation from walking on 3 legs.  This is common for 3 legged dogs because they just figure out the easiest way to get around.  After 8 weeks of therapy there was a noticeable change in her posture when standing, sitting and in down position.  She started to play more with the other pets in the house and her endurance improved.  Birdie has been a complete sweetheart for every session and gives it her all.  It has been a pleasure working with her and helping her to progress into a more comfortable and functional girl.

Birdie’s IPC Veterinarian

Each month we ask our Patient of the Month to select an organization that is special to them. This month we are promoting Bark from the Heart rescue on behalf of Birdie! Please check them out to learn more: http://thebarkershop.com/rescue/

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June 2020 – Milton

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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:

http://www.aliverescue.org/

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