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March 2017 Abbey

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Abbey

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We first met Abbey in July 2016 when she originally came in for hind limb lameness.  Her limp quickly worsened, so her parents found themselves not only seeing her primary care veterinarian, but a neurologist and IPC as well.  After evaluating Abbey, Dr. Ridley sent her back to the neurologist where a hemilaminectomy (spinal IMG_2976surgery) was performed.  Unfortunately she developed pneumonia which made her road to recovery much harder.

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Pain and Arthritis in Cats

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

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February 2017 Ch Khalin

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In early November of 2016 Ch Khalin suffered from hind limb paresis or a ‘mini stroke’, which caused him to lose function in his rear legs.  He was referred to Integrative Pet Care Hanover Park by his primary care veterinarian at Gateway Veterinary Clinic.  Ch Khalin met with Dr. Rosemary LoGiudice who prescribed a rehabilitation program that consisted of: veterinary acupuncture & chiropractic treatments, therapeutic exercise, massage and laser therapy.  His owner Vallie attributes his improvement to the collaborative efforts of his veterinarians and staff.

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February 2017 Bruse

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Bruse

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“Bruse was originally adopted from a family member who found he was too busy for a puppy.  Unbeknownst to my husband and me, Olde English Bulldogs are a very high maintenance breed that are prone to many medical problems. Bruse showed some sensitivity periodically in his back and knees. After visiting 3 separate veterinarians, I was referred to Integrative Pet care of Homer Glen for rehabilitation.

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February 2017 Maverick

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Maverick is the quintessential story of a country dog living in a big city as he moved from rural Virginia to Chicago 6 years ago.  He spent his days wandering around and all was well until he was found lying in a ditch with with exposed bone beneath his left knee.  No one knew exactly what happened, but he was taken to the vet where an amputation was performed.  As if that weren’t enough he was later attacked by other dogs which damaged his rear end.  Back he went to the vet to get patched up, but after pulling out his stitches a few times his owner had enough and wanted to euthanize him.  Maverick’s future aunt worked at the animal hospital and persuaded his owner to relinquish him.  She called her sister in law Laura, who was visiting soon, to se
e if she was interested in getting a dog.  All it took was Maverick resting his head on Laura’s foot for her to know he was their dog.

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January 2017 Madison

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Madison was adopted outside of Madison WI, hence her name, in September of 2011 when she was about 12 -15 weeks old.  To the best of their knowledge, Madison is a border collie/husky mix.  She immediately starting training, but her mom noticed that she was acting like an ‘old lady’ at about 9 months of age.  She was suddenly having issues with stairs and ‘puppy push ups’ (meaning going from a sit to a down and back to a sit). Her trainer at the time also noticed it and recommended a trip to the vet where their ‘adventure into hip dysplasia’ began.

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January 2017 Ares

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Ares was born in the Czech Republic on January 12, 2006 and was selected to come to the United States to be a police dog later that year.  Ares and his handler John were partnered up in early 2007 and to went through a six week training program at the Cook County Sheriff’s Training Facility.  Ares’ little brother Jake was adopted a year later and the two quickly became best friends!

After many years of hard work and service to the police department, Ares was having some occasional difficulties.  After visits to the vet and an MRI, it was determined that Ares has four herniated discs in his back and neck.  He was given some medication and was told to “take it easy”.  Ares, however, was not ready to take it easy, nor was he ready to retire from the police department.

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January 2017 Crockett

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Crockett

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On therapy days, Crockett can usually be found leading his owner Michael down the halls in search of anyone who will give him a treat.

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We met Crockett in 2008 when he came at the recommendation of agility instructor Stacey Hawk, who knew the importance of conditioning for the canine athlete.  Crockett started off coming once weekly for either underwater treadmill or resistance pool sessions.  He also had consistent chiropractic treatments to keep him aligned during his various activities.

Pain management therapies like laser and acupuncture were added as Crockett started to age.  He was maintaining very well until he suffered a series of vestibular episodes in 2015.  Vestibular disease often causes dogs to have a head tilt and easily lose their balance.  While it was hard to see this former athlete have trouble walking, Michael never gave up and more intensive rehab program was designed.  Crockett started coming more regularly for therapeutic exercise, laser and acupuncture/chiropractic sessions.

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Dogs on Wheels!

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

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

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