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Benefits of the Resistance Pool

5 months ago · · Comments Off on Benefits of the Resistance Pool · Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine ·, ,

There are a number of benefits that swimming in our resistance pool can provide whether for a dog on the mend or a canine athlete looking to maintain endurance.

“There are a lot of reasons I prescribe the resistance pool,” explains Dr. Zenoni. “There’s an overall increase in cardiovascular circulation as well as elbow flexion. Being in the pool allows the muscles more range of motion. Dogs with shoulder, elbow, or carpus issues tend to be good candidates for this type of modality.”

Swimming in the resistance pool is also good for amputees as gaiting can sometimes be difficult in the underwater treadmill. Dogs that are experiencing stiffness may find that sessions in the pool release some of that tension when they are able to float and relax their muscles. The therapist working with a patient like this may choose to guide the dog in gentle range of motion or massage while in the pool to ease muscle tightness.

The pool is also a great conditioning tool for active/athletic dogs.

“It’s a way to build muscle and work on stamina as well as overall body conditioning,” says Dr. Zenoni. Laura Krill, CCRA, likes the versatility the resistance pool can offer for patients. “For stronger patients, we might do a session without the life jacket on so that they are using more of their own body to keep them afloat. Weights or a resistance band can also be used to make it a little more challenging. On the other end, our more geriatric patients can benefit from the massage jets.”

It is important to have a rehabilitation veterinarian evaluate each patient to determine if their condition would be appropriately managed by therapeutic swimming. “There may be circumstances, health or orthopedic, that can hinder the resistance pool’s effectiveness,” states Dr. Zenoni.

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November 2017- Roxy

5 months ago · · Comments Off on November 2017- Roxy · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , ,

Roxy

While sitting at their daughter’s college track meet in Alabama, Bill & Laurie received a text message with a picture of a 5 week old pit mix who had been abandoned at their vet’s office. The situation was reminiscent of how that got their dog Bruce, so of course they stopped and picked her up!

“Through the years Roxy shared our life, swimming, walking, and playing with us!  She communicates well when she needs something and is easy to please.  She’s a loving lap dog, although some people look worried when they see her.” -Bill & Laurie

 

“Roxy presented to us for a torn cranial cruciate ligament that had been determined to be the cause of her lameness over the previous months. We were able to work closely with her surgeon and get her rehabilitation program started shortly after her TPLO surgery. Her program consisted of manual therapy, laser ,and underwater treadmill therapies.  She initially presented as non-weight bearing to just toe-touching on her left hind limb with loss of muscle mass and muscle tone present.

Within just 4 weeks, she progressed to just a subtle lameness and had gained muscle mass and strength of the left hind limb. She breezed through the next four weeks of therapeutic exercises and by eight weeks, was bearing weight normally in all limbs. It was wonderful to see Roxy’s rapid progression back to her old self and her case shows how beneficial a post-operative rehabilitation program can be for return to function. Her amazing family is so committed to her and continue to work on exercises at home to keep Roxy in tip-top shape!”  – Dr. Melissa Trupia

We love Roxy!  Roxy is full of energy and she loves to speak to us throughout her exercise sessions.  Her owners followed our recommendations and we worked to help Roxy return to her spunky self.  Roxy loved performing her exercises, but she always had to voice her opinion during her sessions.  The one thing I’ll never forgot about Roxy is how much she “spoke” to us throughout her sessions.  Roxy was such a fun patient and made great progress with rehab.”  –  PT, Valerie Williams

Roxy is a sweet and extraordinarily chatty girl who warmed up to us very quickly at IPC.  She worked hard with us and at home with her parents to make great strides in her rehab program!:- Tiffany, Roxy’s therapist

 

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Roxy has asked us to tell you about the adoptable dogs through Boxer Rebound, Inc.

Boxer Rebound is a volunteer run, 501c3 not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation & placement of the Boxer Breed of dog. Our mission is threefold: (1) to rescue & rehabilitate Boxers in need; (2) to place them in appropriate homes when feasible; and (3) to educate the general public with respect to quality pet care for all dogs.

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November 2017- Frango

6 months ago · · Comments Off on November 2017- Frango · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , ,

Frango

“I first brought Frango to IPC in 2005 for a consult to rule out pain as a reason for his aggression.  X-rays revealed that while his hips were not the best, they weren’t the worst either.  Due to his young age, it was too soon to determine if he had Hip Dysplasia and after a few visits, anything orthopedic was ruled out as a reason for his aggression.  We continued to work with a trainer and strengthened our bond through sports like agility and retrieving. 

In 2010, Frango started to refuse stairs and diagnostics revealed that he did indeed have hip dysplasia.  He also developed both Osteochondrosis Dissecans and Biceps Tenosynovitis in his right shoulder, which may have been due to overcompensating during his high impact activities.  Frango took a break from sports and returned to Integrative Pet Care to start a 10 week treatment ‘pre-hab’ program that included twice weekly resistance pool and laser therapy sessions.  Frango then had surgery on his right shoulder and bore weight the day after surgery, amazing everyone, even his surgeon!

Post surgery, he was prescribed an 8 week program which consisted of resistance pool, laser therapy, and therapeutic exercise.  After completion, he continued coming every 2 weeks for resistance pool and monthly chiropractic adjustments.

Unfortunately Frango injured his left knee by slipping going up the stairs in January 2017. He no longer seemed to benefit from the resistance pool, so Dr. Megan Ridley created a new a new treatment program which consisted of weekly underwater treadmill, laser therapy sessions.  He was also fitted for a Help ‘Em Up Harness which helped prevent further injury to his knee on the stairs or getting in and out of the car.  I was concerned that Frango would miss the pool, but he excelled on the Underwater Treadmill, loving the massage jets on his hind end!  Then in the Summer, Frango headed to the pool which was the first time he had done this in awhile, so we started alternating underwater treadmill and resistance pool sessions. 

IPC has helped to maximize Frango’s strength and endurance for many years.  It prepared him for a major surgery and promoted the positive outcomes & helped ease his transition into retirement by keeping him conditioned and allowed his ability to still participate in low impact sports.  Frango’s visits to IPC are the highlight of his week!  The treatment he receives gives him the chance to feel like Mr. Big Stuff.

Frango’s life has become pretty mellow.  He goes for walks twice daily and sleeps the day away waiting for my husband and I to return home from work.  He’s ready for a treat every time we come or go and anytime in between!  Anytime I’m working in the kitchen he is at my side playing ‘sous chef’.  And when my husband and I relax on the couch at night, he solicits his booty massages.

Now Frango is battling against Cancer.  A tumor was discovered on his left anal sac and had spread to his lymph nodes.  He will undergo removal of a lymph node as well as the tumor on his anal sac and then go through chemotherapy.  I know we can count on our friends at IPC to help ease any pain and discomfort he may encounter during the treatment.  I also know that all of the conditioning Frango has done at IPC through the years has helped make him a resilient, strong dog and has prepared him well for this, his final battle.”

-Patty, Frango’s mom.

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Frango has asked us to tell you about Retrieving Freedom Inc & The Live Like Roo Foundation.

Retrieving Freedom, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to training service dogs to help people. Our three primary focuses are training dogs to serve the needs of veterans, children with autism and individuals living with diabetes. 

Live Like Roo, a 501C3 organization, provides support and financial assistance to families whose pet faces a cancer diagnosis. Our mission is that together, you and your pet will #LiveLikeRoo.

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October 2017- Reese

7 months ago · · Comments Off on October 2017- Reese · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month

Reese

“Reese was born June 1, 2013 and was part of a six-puppy litter.   All his litter mates compete in, and totally love, the game of agility. Reese is no exception.

Earlier this year we noticed that Reese was not performing as well as he once had.  A friend suggested taking Reese to Integrative Pet Care.  We chose to bring him to the Homer Glen location.

After the initial analysis, it was determined that Reese had a complex shoulder issue/injury.  Doctor Amber Ihrke and Valerie the therapist at the Homer Glen location devised a four-week plan that would strengthen and develop the shoulder.  By the end of the four-week session, Reese had a lot more flexibility and mobility in that shoulder and was very comfortable putting more weight on the affected area.

He is now back to competing in agility and looks great. We are very happy with everything that was done for Reese by the Integrative Pet Care team.”

– Bill & Linda, Reese’s parents

“Reese came to us for continued soreness with his shoulder that was hindering his ability to participate in agility.  His examination revealed decreased weight bearing on his right front leg and discomfort with his supraspinatus and biceps tendon.  He was diagnosed with a right supraspinatus tendinopathy.  Reese was treated with therapeutic ultrasound and therapeutic exercises.  After four weeks, he had improved weight bearing on his right front leg and the client had not noticed any lameness.  Today, Reese is back doing the activity he loves…. agility!”

– Amber Ihrke DVM, CCRT, CVA, CVSMT, Resident-ACVSMR

“Reese worked very hard at IPC and did everything we asked as long as a treat was involved. His dad was very dedicated to him and his exercise program. Together they were an amazing team and fun to work with.”

– Tiffany Helphingstine, CCRA

“Reese is a very sweet and quite guy who was up for anything as long as his dad was around to cheer him on. He was active in agility but had to take break due to a front limb injury. Reese and his dad were both hard workers which made working with them a breeze! With ultrasound, therapeutic exercises, and manual therapy Reese was able to continue to compete in agility with improving function of the front limb.”

– Katie Fitzgerald PT, DPT, CCRP

“Reese was a great patient!  He was a working dog that performed agility and he came to us because pain and lameness in his right shoulder.  After performing therapeutic ultrasound to provide deep heat to his shoulder, I used manual therapy to decrease the trigger points and pain and improve his range of motion.  Reese made great progress with his manual therapy and therapeutic exercise sessions.  Through the commitment of his owner to his home exercise program and rehab at IPC, Reese could return to his agility trials without any problems or re occurrence of his symptoms.  Reese now sees me monthly for manual therapy sessions to maintain his mobility and range of motion so he can continue to complete in agility without limitations.”

-Valerie Williams, PT, DPT, ATRIC, CCRP

Make a Difference

This month, Reese has asked you to check out Central Illinois Sheltie Rescue! You can learn more about them on their website at http://www.illinoissheltierescue.com/

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October 2017- Gertie

7 months ago · · Comments Off on October 2017- Gertie · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , ,

Gertie

In May of 2017, the founder of Bialy’s Wellness Foundation, Erin, was contacted by Chicagoland Bully Breed Rescue about a 2 month old French Bulldog puppy who was unable to walk.  They needed an experienced foster home and funding for rehabilitation to get her mobile as soon as possible.  Erin agreed and Gertie came to Integrative Pet Care immediately.

 After meeting with Dr. Megan Ridley and Emma, it was suspected that Swimmer Puppy Syndrome was the cause of her mobility issues.  An intense rehabilitation program was prescribed which included daily exercise and swimming therapy sessions.  Everyone on staff pitched in to work with Gertie whenever they could.  Erin, who is also a canine rehabilitation and massage therapist at IPC, diligently worked with her at home as well.

Within in the first week, Gertie improved greatly; she was able to support herself and could even take a few steps independently!  While swimming wasn’t her favorite activity, she did it without complaint all while looking adorable in her life jacket.  After a few weeks she was walking on her own and doing advanced exercises in the gym.

Being part of her transformation was an amazing experience for everyone involved and lots of tears were shed in the process! -Dr. Megan Ridley

Gertie was officially adopted in June to a neighbor so Erin can still bring her for therapy everyday.  Today she is 6 months old and is a happy & healthy puppy.  Being part of Gertie’s transformation has been a wonderful experience for everyone on staff.

Gertie has since become a ‘spokesdog’ for Bialy’s Wellness Foundation as she is an incredible success story!  You can follow her adventures on Instagram- @the_little_avocado.

 

 

 

 

Gertie: Progression Video

Check out this progress video of our beloved Gertie (aka 🥑). Thank you to: Chicagoland Bully Breed Rescue for taking her into your adoption program; Integrative Pet Care for the amazing rehabilitation therapists and veterinarians that worked your magic to help Gertie become mobile; Boulevard Veterinary for your always generous, kind and attentive staff & veterinarians; Josh the Pitbull – Special Needs and Happy for fostering our Little Avocado. #GertieStrong

Posted by Bialy's Wellness Foundation on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Gertie has asked us to tell you about the organization that changed her life, Bialy’s Wellness Foundation.

“Bialy’s Wellness Foundation helps families and rescue organizations care for pets with special needs, particularly those with mobility issues from paralysis, amputation, neurological or birth defects, and other diagnosed ailments.”

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September 2017- Hayde

8 months ago · · Comments Off on September 2017- Hayde · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , ,

Hayde

Hayde is an 11 year old Labrador whose high energy was initially directed toward hunting drills and trick training (she learned over 50 commands).  “At 2 years old, she had already become a phenomenal hunting dog; able to put her game face on and get right to business.  Even at 10 years old, she was still able to go full tilt for a week, jumping game in marshes, teaching her 2-year-old sister a thing or two about drive.  Many a times we had to drag the stubborn mule out of the canoe at the end of the day as she just didn’t want to stop.

While hunting is her passion (and, strangely, licking freshly caught fish), she soon became a running partner in the off season, helping train for over a dozen marathons.  During this, Hayde would reach a maximum distance of 19 miles only to come home and head straight to the back yard to play.” -Jeremy, Hayde’s owner

On April 27th, Hayde was out for a run with her sister when she was clipped by a car bumper.  Her pelvis was completed shattered, so she had surgery at VCA Aurora Animal Hospital.  Soon after surgery, Hayde met with Dr. Amber Irke and Valerie at Integrative Pet Care in Homer Glen where a multi-modal 12 week program was created.

 “When I first met Hayde her owners had to carry her in on a board because she could not walk or stand.  Our first focus was to control her pain, so her owners were instructed on how to correctly use a TENS unit every day at home. She also received manual therapy sessions to decrease her muscle spasms and increase her hip range of motion.

Within two and half weeks Hayde went from being carried on a board to walking with a little help.  She continued to make remarkable gains through the use of laser therapy and the underwater treadmill.  She now walks around by herself and has returned to regular, long walks with her owners.  I truly believe that without rehab Hayde would not have progressed so quickly and regained her ability to walk and play like she was able to before her accident.”  –  Valerie Williams 

IPC Homer Glen initially helped to get Hayde’s pain under control so we could begin rehab exercises.  Over the next few months IPC Homer Glen worked with Hayde and taught us the exercises needed to get her strength and flexibility back so she could eventually get back to standing, walking, and, finally, running.  Most importantly Hayde could be herself again. -Jeremy

“Hayde’s story is truly inspirational. Watching the improvements, she made every week is a testament to the canine spirit. She never let anything slow her down and I’m so happy she is able to go back to doing what she loves, running with her parents” says therapist Katie Neforos.

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Hayde has asked us to tell you about the adoptable dogs through The Dog District.

 

 

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September 2017- Kody

8 months ago · · Comments Off on September 2017- Kody · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , ,

Kody

 Kody is an almost 17 year old Sheltie who was referred to Integrative Pet Care by his primary care veterinarian at Family Pet Animal Hospital for mobility issues a year and a half ago.   Kody developed arthritis in his front limbs which prevented him from climbing stairs, so his mom had to carry him.  Char wanted to do everything she could to keep him strong and comfortable!

Dr. Deanne Zenoni created a treatment plan that included underwater treadmill, therapeutic exercise, massage, laser and acupuncture.  Kody wasn’t too sure about his therapies at first, but he quickly learned to enjoy them.  His mom also thinks coming to IPC for love has also eased his car anxiety.

“Even though Kody hasn’t been able to go up the stairs again, I know the exercising and treatments he does are making a difference with his strength and flexibility.  He, of course, walks slower like the senior dog that he is, but at times, he’ll all of a sudden get a spring in his step – at 16!  IPC has helped slow down the inevitable decline that happens in senior dogs.  Plus he’s still able to jump up on the couch (his favorite place to sleep).

Kody also gets to be in an incredibly loving community when he comes to IPC, which I think is quite healing.  It’s amazing to me how he has settled in with the people and treatments.  He was anxious at first but now sprawls on Dr. Zenoni’s lap during acupuncture (he’s not a lap dog at all with me), and he leans into Lindsey when she gives him a massage.  Kody had little to no love in the first 5 ½ years of his life (he was used to breed and lived outside in a trailer park). I feel like I bring him to a place where he is surrounded by love.  It warms my heart to see how well he’s treated and loved here, and I’m so happy for him to have this experience in his later years.  Coming to IPC has also solidified Kody’s love of McDonald’s cheeseburgers (with no onions) as he gets one after every time he comes!

Unfortunately Kody has lost his eyesight over the years, but he manages and has adapted amazingly, particularly in places he knows.  The night time and new places are the hardest for him.  When we walk in the evening and in new places, I try to be his ‘eyes’ for him.  He also searches for me when I’m right there in my place so I know he’s lost quite a bit of his sight.” -Char, Kody’s mom

“Kody has the attitude and resilience of a dog 1/3 his age – he never ceases to amaze me! The significant increase in his mobility over the years is a testament to how important it is to keep an older dog active both at therapy and at home. He’s a joy to work with and is always willing to try something new – I love knowing that his mom puts him through his paces and helps keep him active and engaged on a daily basis!” -Lindsey, Kody’s therapist

Make a difference!

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

“Central Illinois Sheltie Rescue is a 501(c)(3)  Non Profit, State Licensed, ALL Volunteer organization that helps homeless or abandoned Shetland Sheepdogs…also known as “Shelties”.   We take in any Sheltie that needs us, address all their needs, and then place them in wonderful new homes.”

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Staff Training and Continuing Education

8 months ago · · Comments Off on Staff Training and Continuing Education · Rehabilitation

To ensure the highest quality of care at IPC, our vets and therapists complete rehabilitation certification programs and take part in continuing education courses to keep up with the newest developments in animal rehabilitation.

Our doctors attend continuing education opportunities hosted by organizations such as the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians, the International Association for Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy, International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management, American Veterinary Medical Association and others.

“With many of these conferences, you have the choice of focusing on one specific topic or attending a variety of lectures,” explains Dr. Zenoni. “These are excellent opportunities to see what’s new in the world of animal rehabilitation and to see if there are improved techniques we can learn and implement in our own practice.”

IPC doctors and therapists complete certification courses through the Canine Rehab Institute, Healing Oasis or University of Tennessee/Northeast Seminars. Each program combines lecture and hands-on learning to prepare the students for a certification exam. Courses focus on anatomy, therapeutic modalities, physical conditions/injuries, neurological issues and biomechanics. Certification students for CRI and UTenn also complete an externship and case studies. “Students should have a firm grasp on identifying muscles and their purpose as well as common neurological and orthopedic terms and how they would explain them to clients,” explains Lindsey, who recently completed coursework through CRI.

Therapists certified in canine massage complete intensive hands-on training through Chicago School of Canine Massage, along with case studies and an exam for certification.

“Continuing education is also required to maintain certification,” says Erin Kowalski, NCCMT, CCRA. “Course topics can be anything related to animal health, so it could be things like energy work or hospice education. There’s such a variety to choose from.”

As animal rehabilitation continues to grow and advancement continues in veterinary medicine, the staff at IPC strives to stay abreast of the latest information. Dr. Zenoni believes “staying up to date on the most recent developments in the field helps us provide the best quality of care to our patients.”

In addition to attending certification and CE courses, some IPC staff members teach for CRI & Healing Oasis along with providing one-on-one mentorship to veterinary students from across the country and rehab certification students through CRI and UTenn (Chicago and Hanover Park). Learn more about these opportunities.

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August 2017- Rocky

9 months ago · · Comments Off on August 2017- Rocky · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, ,

Rocky

Rocky’s journey started almost 3 years ago when his mom was asked to take a puppy to get x-rays while volunteering at PAWS Chicago.  Mia’s heart melted when she saw the 9 month old puppy who was so sweet even though he was injured and immediately volunteered to foster him.  It turned out that Rocky’s leg was so badly injured that he required an amputation.  After fostering him through his weeks of recovery, Mia decided he had to join her family!

Mia was understandably nervous about Rocky’s future quality of life so she decided to make an evaluation at Integrative Pet Care for preventative care.   

 

“As soon as I met Dr. Ridley & Laura, I knew I was in good hands.  They explained what would be ideal to aid in his recovery and addressed the typical concerns they had with tripods.  Afterwards I understood a lot more about actions I could take to be proactive in his recovery and prevent any further injury which was really important to me.” -Mia

“Rocky is a different dog since starting at Integrative Pet Care. People don’t even recognize he’s a tripod because he stands so straight and tall, runs like a maniac, and walks with so much confidence. He’s gained an incredible job amount of core strength and muscle throughout! He hardly ever falls over and often stands on his one back leg to look out the window or check for treats on the counter.  He’s naturally a very active and curious dog so we walk a lot and get a lot of exercise to keep him entertained. Luckily the muscles he’s developed because of our work at IPC have allowed him to keep up with all this activity! He loves training and learning tricks, and hunting rats in the park.” -Mia

“Rocky’s core strength is incredible for a tripod.  I love working with him in the gym because he can and will do anything I ask of him. I’m constantly coming up with new exercises to challenge him and he does it all without messing up his hairdo!” -Laura, Rocky’s therapist

 

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Rocky has asked us to tell you about Sit Stay Read.

 

SitStayRead’s mission is to improve literacy skills and foster a love of learning in children in low-income neighborhoods. Founded in 2003, SitStayRead brings teams of trained volunteers and Certified Reading Assistance Dogs into 16 Chicago Public Schools in some of Chicago’s poorest neighborhoods

 

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August 2017- Ralph

9 months ago · · Comments Off on August 2017- Ralph · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , ,

Ralph

Integrative Pet Care was recommended when Ralph’s mom Peggy was searching for ways to improve his mobility.  Ralph met with Dr. Amber Ihrke and a rehabilitation program was created that included underwater treadmill, therapeutic exercise & acupuncture.

“Ralph came to us with T3-L3 myelopathy without much functional use of his rear limbs. Having only two strong limbs to get around with didn’t stop Ralph too much from speeding from one place to the next, but he would just drag the rear limbs behind him. Good thing for Ralph, he really likes treats and was agreeable to some challenging work if he got some treats along the way.” – Katie Fitzgerald, one of Ralph’s therapists

Through his therapy program, Ralph improved quite a bit.  He could stand on all four limbs and maintain the position to eat and drink, but his mom wanted to do more.  Ralph was fitted for a cart to give him independent mobility.  “Once Ralph was placed in his cart he began running around the rehab room.  He easily negotiated the thresholds and quickly learned how to back up when his wheel hit a doorway or wall.  I could not believe how fast Ralph adapted to his cart and how much happier he appeared with his new-found freedom in his cart.  Ralph’s smiled seemed a bit brighter (tongue hanging out and all) after receiving his cart.  We could not be happier for Ralph”  -Valerie Williams

 

“From the first moment in his cart, Ralph was walking up/down the halls, walking in the grass and enjoying his new-found freedom.” -Dr. Ihrke

 

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Ralph has asked us to tell you about All Breed Rescue and Adoption, Inc.

Our mission is twofold: to save as many dogs and cats from living their final days in shelters and pounds as we can, and to educate the public so that one day our rescue won’t be necessary.

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